IO Interactive has announced a publishing partnership with Warner Bros. which will bring us Hitman 2 later this year. However, the sequel to 2016’s Hitman will not be episodic like its predecessor. It will be a full standalone title.
The developers at IO are touting the “entirely new hyper-detailed sandboxes full of living, breathing environments” that exist with Hitman 2. They state that the sequel “offers players the freedom to plan the ultimate assassination utilizing an assortment of tools, weapons, disguises and a variety of stealth techniques to creatively trigger their own unique chain of events.”
Today’s trailer shows exactly what the gist of the series is, and what Hitman 2 will continue to focus on. You have a designated target to take out, but how you do it is entirely up to you. The trailer suggests our hit is focused on an F1 driver.
Do you sneak into the pits so that you can hide an explosive in the vehicle’s braking system? Maybe loosen a bolt in the car’s suspension? Or perhaps you just gain access to a nearby room and snipe the driver while he’s racing by at 200 mph. Decision, decisions…
The story this time around looks to focus somewhat on the origin of Agent 47. Within Hitman 2, you’ll “embark on a mission to hunt the elusive Shadow Client and unravel his militia once and for all. However, when 47 learns the hidden truth about his past, nothing will ever be the same.”
Hitman 2 is also introducing something that IO is calling Sniper Assassin mode. It’s a standalone mode that brings co-op into the game. You and a friend can work together online to take down targets, or you can play the mode alone if you prefer to go solo.
The new Sniper Assassin mode will be available early to all those that preorder Hitman 2. The full game launches November 13th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.