DX12’s Bonuses Only Achievable by Dropping DX11 Says Hitman Dev

When new technology comes out it tends to take time for systems and developers to get to grips with them, with their advertised bonuses normally offered at some price, but is it too steep with Hitman’s developer saying that if you want to experience DX12’s bonuses only achievable by dropping DX11 support completely.

Hitman was released earlier this year to favourable reviews, with an entire YouTube series putting people in command of Agent 47, including the likes of the chuckle brothers. The lead developer behind the game, Jonas Meyer of IO Interactive, has not stated that if you want the 20% CPU and 50% GPU bonuses that Microsoft promise with DX12 you will have to drop DirectX 11 support entirely. Hitman, on the other hand, was more of a port from the former framework to DX12.

With games getting released more and more often with DX12 at their core, such as the remake of the classic Gears of War games, suffering from less than amazing performances the new graphical library doesn’t look to show off as much as it was advertised just yet.

When asked about another low-level API for graphics, Vulkan, Meyer responded by describing the API as a “graphics programmer’s wet dream” but stated that they don’t have any plans to add Vulkan support to Hitman.

Hitman PC Patch 1.03 Enhances DirectX 12 Performance

The Hitman franchise quickly became a firm favourite with stealth aficionados due to the tense takedowns and open world environments. Even though Hitman Absolution felt a little out-of-place, the game’s core mechanics were solid and provided an excellent experience. Its sequel was originally intended to be a standard full price release but this was quickly changed to suit an episodic business model. This sudden alteration raised concerns about the game’s content and value proposition. However, the reception for the first episode was overwhelmingly positive and looks like it helped improve the overall pacing.

Today, the latest Hitman patch has been released which includes a number of performance enhancements using the DirectX 12 render. This is vital because the DirectX 12 option created some performance issues on numerous setups. There’s also new challenges and a host of other content in the 1.03 update. Here is the changelog in full:

General game improvements

  • The Vampire Magician Challenge Pack : 10 new challenges that were inspired by how our community have been playing the game.
  • Continued improvements to load times: The improvements will be most notable when loading The Showstopper mission in Paris and we’re already working on improving all loading times even more.
  • Improved responsiveness for in-game menus and image loading: We’ve implemented an image caching system that will improve responsiveness and loading times for all images in the game menu.
  • Fixed issues with scoring: Primarily, this fixes an issue that resulted in many players earning a “0 second” time bonus and an incorrect score of 210,000. A leaderboard reset will be implemented at a later date.
  • Continued improvements to connectivity: Server stability improvements.

PC-specific improvements

General gameplay

  • Prompts for dumping a body now appear, regardless of the positioning of the game camera, both in Showstopper and Final Test missions.
  • 47 no longer drops a body immediately after starting to drag it.
  • Unnoticed kills or subdue will no longer trigger a brief “compromised” state. This previously caused players to fail the ‘never spotted’ reward.
  • The ‘visibly armed’ warning is now always shown when 47 is carrying a large weapon on his back.
  • The light rig (Showstopper) and life raft (Freeform Training) can now be reliably dropped using explosives.
  • Opportunities in Showstopper and Final Test have been made more consistent.
  • Fixed an issue where the first few seconds of the game would appear to run at double speed.

Showstopper

  • Novikov will no longer get stuck in an infinite loop during the Rare Scoop opportunity. This would happen if the player gets Max Decker to call Novikov whilst he is on his way to the interview.
  • Novikov will no longer talk to Dalia on the phone when she has already been eliminated.
  • Fixed a rare issue that made the “In Seine” challenge impossible to complete. This would happen when the Private Meeting opportunity overlapped with Novikov on stage at the Fashion Show.
  • Fixed an issue where the Showstopper mission could not be completed if the player calls Dalia during the Fireworks show whilst disguised as Helmut Kruger.

Crash Fixes

  • Fixed various crash issues that could occur when doing the following: loading a new stage in Escalation Contracts, loading the game or after exploding a gas cylinder.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when shooting at the target in Freeform training during the “Searching” state.
  • Fixed many other crash issues that were occurring during gameplay.

Options

  • Added an option to the game launcher that allows players to override the ‘default memory safeguards’ and allow them to use any available resolution and graphic quality settings.
  • Increased resolution cap for players with 3gb graphics cards from 1920×1200 to 2560×1600.

DX12

  • DX12 shader and pipeline cache now included in all Steam builds.
  • Fixed a graphical issue with transparent windows on DX12.
  • Improved vertex colours on DX12.

Misc.

  • Briefings for Featured Contracts can now be viewed at the planning stage.
  • The ‘Contract Assassin’ achievement can now be completed.
  • The mouse cursor is now always visible on the ‘Load Game’ menu.
  • Fixed an issue where the game would get stuck at 12% loading between the Prologue missions.
  • Fixed a rare issue where players were asked to (re)download the Showstopper mission.

Hardware

  • Fixed a rare issue where the game was switching between controller and keyboard controls, due to detecting specific hardware as a ‘game controller’.

Hitman Posts 5-10% Gains With Asynchronous Compute

One of the headline features for AMD’s GCN architecture is their superb support for Asynchronous Compute. One of the showcases games for Asynchronous Compute and DX12, Ashes of the Singularity has used the feature to provide AMD with a significant boost in that title. However, it looks like Asynchronous Compute will be harder to manage if Hitman is anything to go by.

According to IO Interactive, Hitman only gained about 5-10% performance boost on AMD cards after implementing Asynchronous Compute. This is a bit lower than expected given all the hype around the feature. Furthermore, IO Interactive had to do a lot of tuning and it was ‘super-hard’ to implement properly in order to no suffer any performance loss. This is still much better than the issue faced by Nvidia cards which virtually gained nothing from Asynchronous Compute.

For an early implementation of Asynchronous Compute in what is still mainly a DX11 title, 5-10% isn’t that bad. If AMD is able to get Asynchronous Compute into game engines and integrate it into game development on the ground up, easier and more plentiful gains will likely follow. For now, Asynchronous Compute is still enough to put AMD cards ahead of their various competitors and 10% isn’t something to scoff at, especially combined with other DX12 gains.

NVIDIA Release GeForce 364.47 WHQL for The Division & Need for Speed

NVIDIA has released the 364.47 WHQL Driver for its GeForce graphics cards, bringing with it Game Ready optimisation for Tom Clancy’s The Division, Hitman, Need for Speed, Ashes of the Singularity, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, plus fixes for many known issues with Windows 10.

The release notes are as follows:

Game Ready

This driver provides the optimal experience for Tom Clancy’s The Division, Hitman, Need for Speed, Ashes of the Singularity, and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Gaming Technology

This driver provides support for the Vulkan 3D API.

Application SLI Profiles

Added or updated the following SLI profiles:

  • Hitman – SLI profile added
  • The Technomancer – SLI profile added
  • Zui Zhong Bing Qi (Ultimate Weapon) – SLI profile updated

3D Vision Profiles

Added or updated the following 3DV profiles:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops3 – Not recommended
  • Far Cry Primal – Not recommended
  • Just Cause 3 – Not recommended
  • Need for Speed – Not recommended
  • StarWars Battlefront (2015) – Not recommended
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Updated to 3DVision Ready

3D Compatibility Mode Profiles

These games must be run in DirectX 10/11 mode to see improvements and are not compatible with 3D Vision Surround mode.
Added or updated the following compatibility mode profiles:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops3 – Excellent
  • Just Cause 3 – Excellent

Software Modules

  • NView – version 147.00
  • HD Audio Driver – version 1.3.34.4
  • NVIDIA PhysX System Software – version 9.15.0428
  • GeForce Experience – version 2.10.2.40
  • CUDA – version 8.0

Windows 10 Fixed Issues

  • Discrete GPU remains on by default, even if no app is running. [200172650]
  • Flickering is seen on the LVDS, but not an external monitor, when clone mode is set with G-SYNC enabled. [200170772]
  • [364.07, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate] With ShadowPlay enabled, game crashes at launch pointing to nvwgf2um.dll. [200168443]
  • [361.14] System hangs during driver installation. [200149074]
  • [361.91] Stutter in DirectX 9 games when AA forced override is used. [1731438]
  • TDR on Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 with drivers after Release 353. [1726408]
  • The Twitch broadcast game title does not match Twitch’s game library. [1708975]
  • [SLI] Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate needs an SLI profile. [1666227]

Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista Fixed
Issues

  • [361.91] Stutter in DirectX 9 games when AA forced override is used. [1731438]

  • [361.75, GK104] Call of Duty Black Ops III: volumetric light corruption. [1724810]

  • [SLI] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege shows corruption when Alt+Tab used in fullscreen mode. [1724562]

  • [SLI] Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate needs an SLI profile. [1666227]

  • [SLI] 3D Surround does not work in Titanfall. [1545116]

The 364.47 GeForce WHQL Driver can be downloaded here.

 

Overclockers UK Adds new “PCs by Game” Section

Overclockers UK has launched a new section on their websites for game-themed pre-built PC systems called PCs by Game. To celebrate this newly launched section, they have built a new range of systems based on the latest AAA titles Hitman: World of Assassination and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

There is a total of four new gaming PCs in this section in addition to the already existing two. The two Hitman machines are the Titan Contract “Hitman” Gaming PC and the Titan Agent 47 “Hitman” Gaming PC. The two Hitman systems come along with two The Division PCs, the Titan Pandemic “The Division” Gaming PC and the Titan Dark Zone “The Division” Gaming PC.

The Titan Contract PC and the Titan Agent 47 PC are naturally both developed with Hitman in mind and they come with a free copy of the game included. They are built with AMD R9 380X and R9 390X that should help to achieve maximum frame rates in the game.

The Titan Dark Zone PC and the Titan Pandemic are built in a colour scheme to fit with Tom Clancy’s The Division. Where the Hitman PCs were built around AMD-based graphics cards, these systems are built with Nvidia cards instead. The GTX 970 and the GTX 980Ti graphics cards are both known for the raw power that will ll let you play The Division with the best possible experience. Naturally, these systems come with a free copy of the game included too.

As for the rest of the specification, they are customizable as you are used to from Overclockers UK. It starts out with 8GB RAM and 120GB SSD coupled with 1TB HDD and that can all be upgraded further. The Hitman systems are built around the AMD FX series CPUs and the The Division systems are built around Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

You can check out the new section right here, see the prices and customise the systems to your liking. Kind of like self-built but without the trouble of actually having to build it yourself.

AMD Bundles Hitman with GPUs and CPUs

Freebies are something that we all like and AMD has now bundled the new Hitman game with some of their graphics cards and processors as well as systems prebuilt with these components. AMD has partnered with IO Interactive again to bring this deal and they also joined the AMD Gaming Evolved program in order to get the best out of the hardware with top-flight effects and performance optimizations for PC gamers.

The bundle deal runs from the February the 16th and it is valid with the purchase of selected products from participating retailers – as it always is. In this round, AMD bundles Hitman with their Radeon R9 390 and 390X graphics cards as well as their FX 6 and 8 core processors (PIB). The bundle will last until 30th of April 2016 or whilst supplies last. Vouchers can be redeemed until 30th of June 2016.

The new Hitman game is offered in a seasonal fashion with a base game and periodic add-ons that will continue the story, but it is handled in the best possible way. The full experience with the full season off new missions won’t cost more than other games costs in themselves without DLCs and this AMD bundle also includes the full game rather than just the initial release. You will also get access to the BETA for Hitman that will run from the 19th to the 22nd February.

Those that have upgraded to Windows 10 will have the best experience with this new game as it has been built to take advantage of DX12, a feature that will make a very noticeable difference for AMD CPU users.

“Hitman will leverage unique DX12 hardware found in only AMD Radeon GPUs, called asynchronous compute engines, to handle heavier workloads and better image quality without compromising performance. PC gamers may have heard of asynchronous compute already, and Hitman demonstrates the best implementation of this exciting technology yet.”

You can find all the fine print and redeem your game code on the official Hitman mini-site. The beta phase is almost here, so it might be time to make that upgrade that you’ve holding back with. The full hardware specifications and recommendations have also been published a few days ago, in case you missed them.

Geforce 361.91 WHQL Driver Released – Game Ready for Street Fighter V and Hitman Beta

NVIDIA has released the Geforce 361.91 WHQL Driver for its graphics cards, bringing with it Game Ready drivers for Street Fighter V, the beta release of Hitman, ARMA 3, and Monster Hunter Online, plus SLI updates for Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and XCOM2.

NVIDIA Geforce 361.91 WHQL Driver changelog [PDF]:

Game Ready

Learn more about how to get the optimal experience for ARMA 3, Street Fighter V, Monster Hunter Online, and HITMAN (Beta).

Application SLI Profiles

Added or updated the following SLI profiles:
– Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – SLI profile changed (with driver code as well) to
make the application scale better
– Bless – SLI set to SLI-Single
– Need for Speed – profile EXEs updated to support trial version of the game
– Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 – SLI profile added
– XCOM 2 – SLI profile added (including necessary code change)

Windows 10 Fixed Issues

– TDR on Illustrator CC 2015 with drivers post Release 353. [1726408]
– [361.75] Enabling NVIDIA Surround after a driver clean install causes NVIDIA
Control Panel to crash. [1724062]
– Windows 10 Open Devices and Printers ejects NVIDIA GPU. [1720849]
– Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 intermittently crashes on exit with NVIDIA drivers post
Release 353. [1711214]
– [SLI, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate] Need SLI profile. [1666227]

Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista Fixed Issues

– [Quadro K5200, Quadro M4000] Poor performance observed with Dassault Catia V5
R20, R21, R22. [200170447]
– [361.75] Enabling NVIDIA Surround after a driver clean install causes NVIDIA
Control Panel to crash. [1724062]
– [SLI] Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege shows corruption when Alt+Tab used in fullscreen
mode. [1724562]
– [SLI, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate] Need SLI profile. [1666227]

NVIDIA Geforce 361.91 WHQL Driver can be downloaded here.

HITMAN PC Requirements Have Been Revealed

The newest entry in the Hitman franchise, namely HITMAN, is set to be released on March 11 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. This is definitely the most ambitious Hitman title to date, and numerous gamers have very high expectations from it, especially since its developers had four years to work on perfecting it. Now, with the release date just around the corner, publisher Square Enix has revealed the official system requirements for HITMAN, and it looks like you’re going to need a relatively powerful rig in order to be able to run it properly even at lower settings.

On the CPU side, the minimum requirements suggest an Intel Core i5-2500K or an AMD Phenom II X4 940, while the GPU should be at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or a Radeon HD 7870. As for the recommended requirements, we’re talking about an Intel Core i7 3770 or an AMD FX-8350 complemented by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or a Radeon R9 290. Both the minimum and the recommended specs suggest 8GB of RAM, but that’s hardly a surprise these days. Interestingly enough, it looks like HITMAN will support DirectX 11 exclusively, as there’s no mention about DirectX 12 anywhere. You can have a look at the complete PC requirements for HITMAN below.

MINIMUM:

    • OS: OS 64-bit Windows 7.
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM.
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7870.
    • DirectX: Version 11.

RECOMMENDED:

    • OS: OS 64-bit Windows 7 / 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or Windows 10.
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM.
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290.
    • DirectX: Version 11.

The Latest Hitman Game Will Now be ‘Fully Episodic’

Major publishers have been progressively alienating the core gaming demographic by implementing anti-consumer measures including season passes, DLC, pre-order bonuses, microtransactions and retailer exclusive content. This raises the question, what’s next? In the past few years, story-driven titles from Telltale adopted an episodic business model which allows users to purchase the entire game in a lump sum or buy each chapter individually. Despite some scepticism, episodic games have worked incredibly well thus far as showcased by Life is Strange. One could argue it gives the consumer choice, but it greatly depends on the price per episode and total cost for the entire package over time.

Recently, Square Enix cancelled all digital pre-orders for the upcoming Hitman game without giving a clear explanation. However, the reason behind this was to make the game episodic and offer “a living game that will expand and evolve over time”. The news was announced on the Hitman blog which reads:

“After a lot of consideration, we decided to take the full leap and publish Hitman as a truly episodic game experience with a major live component. It’s not a decision we’ve taken lightly and we fully acknowledge that the decision may frustrate some players. But it is a shift that we believe will ensure the best possible foundation for this game and the future of Hitman.”

Each episode will cost $10 each while the initial release, including the prologue, is priced at $15. When all the episodes are totalled up, the final cost comes to $65. If you decide to buy the full package, it will set you back $60. Thankfully, Hitman isn’t going to feature any microtransactions and when all the episodes have been released, there will be a physical edition for purchase.

Do you have any issues with episodic releases, or feel they give the consumer more choice?

Conquer the World And The Past In Latest Humble Bundle

We try to keep you informed with the latest humble bundles, so let me make a solid argument for why you should invest a whopping $8.99 (around £6.08) into the latest Square Enix Humble Bundle.

First off let’s start with the $1 tier. Featuring four games, such as the Last Remnant and Episode 1 of Life is Strange,  you’ve already some good titles with action and emotion pumping through your keys while the next two (or rather) five titles in this price bracket will only inspire you more. Murdered: Soul Suspect sees you face the supernatural and your own death as you play a ghostly detective who is trying to solve their own murder from the afterlife. Oh did I forget to mention that you also get Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3? If I have to explain these games, you should probably grab this bundle just for those alone.

At the average price bracket, you will only pay $5.45 (at the time of writing) to get a further 8 games featuring not one but three different Tomb Raider games, including Anniversary, Legend and Underworld. Climbing through the past a little too slow for you? Why not try just cause collection featuring both just cause one and two? Helicopters and explosions fill your screen as you hijack cars and planes alike with a grapple, and a voucher for 20% off Just Cause 3 means you can get that series for a small fraction of its price.

Front Mission Evolved sees you pilot giant robotic tanks while Gyromancer and Yosumin give your mind a challenge in matching shape games with Final Fantasy XIV A realm reborn rounding off this bracket with an online role-playing adventure for friends and enemies alike.

Last but not least is the higher price tier, costing a whole $8.99, for this you receive Lara Croft & the Temple Of Osiris, a top-down adventure fighting game with puzzles and traps for up to four players. Following up this is the latest Tomb Raider game, in all its glory as the Game of the Year version., with 21 DLC’s rounding off the latest adventure in the Tomb Raiders Past. If you feel up for a little more direct solution to problems, Hitman: Absolution is the last game and the Elite edition comes with a variety of weapons and disguises to enhance your contracts.

Check out the bundle here which is in support of GamesAid and Make a Wish, both charities designed to help young people, either disabled, disadvantaged or those with life-threatening conditions.

New Hitman Teaser Trailer Released and Beta Phase Announced

The upcoming Hitman (2016)  game is highly anticipated and slightly delayed and it is one of the very few games these days that I’m actually considering to pre-order to be able to play it on day one. Square Enix released a new teaser trailer and announced when the beta testing of the game will launch at the same time.

With the upcoming holiday and all the shopping going on, they surely don’t want to miss a chance to sell a few more games and as such the timing is perfect. Why? Because pre-orders will get guaranteed access to the upcoming beta testing of the game. With the way that they worded it, we can assume that there will be other methods to gain access to the beta, but those haven’t been revealed yet.

The new trailer teases the beta mission which puts Agent 47 20 years back into the past. This mission is the first time that Agent 47 meets his long-time handler Diana Burnwood, at least that we as gamers get to see. The mission takes place in a top-secret ICA recruitment and training facility and that is about the information we get now.

The Hitman beta will launch on February 12th for PlayStation 4 and one week later on the PC, on February the 19th.

Hitman’s New Release Date Has Been Revealed

We have already informed you that Square Enix and IO Interactive have delayed HITMAN until March 2016, but now we know exactly when the game is set to be released: March 11, 2016. At launch, the game will offer three locations, namely Sapienza, Paris and Marrakesh, and it will include a total of six campaign missions. However, players will also be able to kill 800 targets via the game’s Contracts mode.

In April, May and June, IO Interactive plans to release brand new sandbox locations, each featuring new signature kills, missions and Contracts targets. Those who are interested in HITMAN’s live content will be glad to know that it will kick off in March. It will include weekly IOI developed Contracts, promoted fan-made content and time-limited targets.

HITMAN’s Intro Pack will debut on March 11, 2016, and it will set you back $34.99. It will incorporate all of the launch content as well as all of the Live Events and Contracts for all locations unveiled in March 2016. It certainly looks like HITMAN will be a fragmented game that will receive new content on a monthly basis, at least for a while. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, I guess we’re about to find out.

Will you be picking up HITMAN?

Thank you DSOgaming for providing us with this information.

Hitman Delayed – IO Interactive Release Statement

IO Interactive has confirmed the latest entry in the HITMAN franchise will be delayed to March 2016. The studio released a thorough statement which reads:

“Moving a launch date is never an easy decision, we know it’s frustrating to have to wait a bit longer for the game, but we truly believe it will mean we can deliver a better launch and overall experience,”  

“We’ll share more details next week about the full release schedule and scope of HITMAN in general so keep a look out for that.”

“On top of that, we’re going for a new release model where we put out a good chunk of the game when it begins and then release the remaining locations over time. We want to make absolutely sure you all get the best possible experience when you join, so we’ve made the difficult decision to move the initial release date to March 2016.”

“These few extra months will mean we can add more to the launch content of the game, more than we had originally planned, and then follow with a tighter frequency of updates, which ultimately will create a better game for everyone. And in the end, that’s what we’re all looking for.”

HITMAN is set on a mammoth scale with various post-release content updates planned. For example, ‘The Showstopper’ level is six times larger than ‘Streets of Hope’ from HITMAN Absolution. The level size increase is phenomenal and could help explain a reason for the delay.

In a similar vein to upcoming Deus Ex title, HITMAN should launch with DirectX 12 functionality. If a delay is needed to optimize the API, then it should be well worth the wait.

Donate To Charity Against Cancer And Get A Copy Of Hitman: Absolution

In recent years, charities are finding more and more ways of advertising and supporting themselves and other causes through events. The Ice Bucket challenge raised millions towards a good cause, humble bundles donate a portion (or if you wish, all of it) to charities every time you purchase one. Now you can support another great cause for only a single dollar.

Gamer Changer Charity are working with Square Enix so that, when you donate a minimum of $1, you can claim a copy of Hitman: Absolution. This is the last day though so if you are interested then please go and donate here. This is not the first time hitman has been used to support Game Changer though, at PAX this year people could offer to have their head shaved in a hitman style, with Square Enix offering up $47 per head.

Game Changer Charity are supporting the research and development of treatments that target cancer, To be more precise it will go towards the development of treatments for pediatric cancer (cancer found in children). If you want to find out more about the cause please watch the video below.

Thank you PCGamesN for the information.

Hitman Gameplay Footage Leaked

Unofficial gameplay footage from the forthcoming Hitman game has leaked online. The game – entitled simply Hitman, despite not being a remake or reboot, according to developer IO Interactive – is the latest in the popular series about assassin Agent 47.

The leaked video – branded with the legend “UNRELEASABLE SEQUENCE May contain placeholder assets & material requiring legal clearance – shows the titular Hitman tackle a double assassination, giving us a glimpse at Agent 47’s arsenal in the game, including the classic Fiber Wire. The style and gameplay is quite reminiscent of Blood Money, which is surely a good sign:

Travis Barbour, Community Manager for IO Interactive has responded to the leak on Twitter, saying, “The game looks and plays a lot better than most of what you’re seeing out there today. Proof to come, of course.”

After some confusion regarding the game’s release schedule, with rumours circulating that Hitman could be broken up into episodes, IO Interactive has confirmed that will see a single disc release “at some point in 2016” after an initial digital-only release. The final game will feature free DLC updates, plus special “live events”, with time-sensitive missions appearing as temporary contracts to fulfil.

Hitman will see its initial digital-only release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 8th December.

Thank you Gamespot for providing us with this information.

A Brand New Hitman Game Will Be Released This Year

It’s been three years since the release of Hitman: Absolution, which means that we’re definitely in the right timeframe for a brand new installment of the famous franchise. Indeed, Io-Interactive has recently unveiled HITMAN – a brand new game that’s scheduled to be released on December 8 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Staying true to the recipe that made Hitman games so appreciated in the first place, this new title will allow players to engage in contract hits on influential targets in various locations all over the world, including the picturesque coast of Italy, the chic city of Paris, and the busy markets of Marrakesh.

However, the methods that are used to take out these targets depend completely on the player’s play style, which means that those who want to cause a bit of a bloodbath are free to do so, while stealthy players can do things their own way. The important thing is that these sandbox levels will be quite large and will probably feature some incredible graphics.

It’s also worth noting that HITMAN will initially come out in a digital form, which will make the developers’ job of modifying and expanding the game a lot easier. The Studio Head at Io-Interactive, Hannes Seifert, stated the following:

“This is new ground for HITMAN, coming out digital first enables us to do something new, bold and exciting. We are building a live, expanding and evolving world of assassination where we continuously develop the game, listening closely to the players as we release new locations, missions and hits as soon as they are ready – where $60 and not a dollar more gets you full access to the experience.”

“This game marks a new direction for the studio. With HITMAN, we are not only embracing our core fans in a new way by bringing them closer to the development than ever before but we are also laying the foundation for a very exciting future by embracing what a live environment can offer a title like this. It is only the beginning for us and for HITMAN.”

You can have a look at the trailer for the new Hitman game below.

Thank you Dsogaming for providing us with this information.

Humble Square Enix Bundle 2 Full of Great Games

The Humble bundles and sales are just as good at dragging the money out of our wallets as the Steam sales are, and the latest Humble Bundle looks like a great offer too.

The Humble Square Enix Bundle 2 will give you the popular games Hitman: Absolution, Hitman GO and Supreme Commander 2 for what you want to pay, and that’s already a great deal.

For those who pay more than the average donation, currently $6.77, will also get a copy of Thie, Murdered: Soul Suspect and Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut – with the possibility of more games being added later.

The third tier is a $15 donation as it mostly is. This tier will give you all the above games as well as Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs.

This could be a cheap way to get some really great adventure games to tie over the last cold winter days before spring finally arrives.

Thanks to Humble Bundle for providing us with this information

Square Enix Humble Bundle Announced

The latest Humble Bundle just went on sale, offering a great selection of Square Enix titles including the Deus Ex franchise, Hitman series and other significant titles. As always, paying more than the average or even higher will get you a wider and more valuable collection to your games library.

From the beginning, you will receive the Thief Gold, Daikatana, Mini Ninjas, Anchronox, Hitman: Codename 47 and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin by pledging only $1 or more, depending on your heart’s desire. These represent a fair bundle for such a low price, but there is more. By pledging more than the current average (which is just $6,72 at the moment), you will get Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex: The Fall, Hitman Absolution, Nosgoth Veteran Pack and Battlestations Midway. There is even a tile left for more games which are bound to be added next Tuesday.

If that is not enough, then pledging $15 or more will unlock the Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, Just Cause 2, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Deus Ex Game of the Year Edition and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. Either way you put it, the bundle is said to be worth $169 if each title is bought separately. However, a mere $15 will still get you Hitman: Absolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Just Cause 2 and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. The additional titles could be considered just a bonus.

Source: Humble Bundle

Hitman 6 Rumored To Be In Development By IO Interactive

There have been some rumors of the next Hitman title, only known as “Hitman 6” at the moment, was dropped from Square Enix Montreal. However, we now learn that it has been pushed back to IO Interactive and not scraped as most of us thought. It is said to be in development for next-gen consoles (Xbox One and PS4) as well as PC.

In what has been uncovered, we learn that the main character, Agent 47, will return to perform missions for the ICA, working closely with his handler Diana Burnwood. Compared to Hitman: Absolution, Hitman 6 is said to have mission all around the world and not just in the US. The Glacier 2 game engine will be used to develop the title, the same as in Absolution, but is rumored not to be a revamp of the old Absolution, but come with larger and detail oriented levels instead.

What is interesting about this title is that developers are planning to get rid of the unnaturally “large pockets” as in previous titles, and focus on a more tactical approach. This means that the user will be limited to a number of gadgets and weapons to carry, having the player choose his type of approach and how to handle the situation given the limited amount of items he can carry.

Contracts mode has also been rumored to resurface in Hitman 6 due to the outstanding number of players which gave positive feedback on the gaming mode in question, and hopefully with some improvements and upgrades. A release date has not yet been uncovered, however IO Interactive stated it will release more detailed information about the title soon.


Steam Weekend Deal – 29/3/13

Steam has gained quite a reputation for amazing gaming deals, and that trend seems set to continue with this latest batch of titles that are set to empty your wallet. Interestingly it seems they are feeding off the recent(ish) news about GTA V and are offering Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes From Liberty City at a very low price of only £7.49.

If you are stuck for something to do this weekend, your ideal solution could be right there, what is more fun than out running the police or just getting your arrest rating up while driving around in a tank? Personally that is my kind of Sunday night.

What if you don’t feel like blowing up stuff in such a “Well, this is silly” kind of way? It seems that they’re offering you a chance to get into the cloak and daggers way of killing people with the most recent Hitman: Absolution. With a huge 75% off, it is at the small time price of £4.99. Now when you get a game for less than a fiver you must question it, but I feel that there is little to regret in buying a game that has been only on the shelves for less than six months and is now offered at a pretty decent price for what you are getting.

Believe me, you are getting enough for your money if not double! That game offers a lot of re-play ability and can be perfect for that weekend of boredom with the family around for Easter. Also, if you are a Planetside 2 player, you will notice that the fast expanding First Person MMO is now doing a Double Station Cash Weekend and that will last until Sunday 11:30PM  PDT, which is 7:30am for those in the UK on Monday Morning. All in all, it seems that Easter is looking up!

Square Enix Apologizes for tasteless Hitman promotion on Facebook

Very recently, Square Enix released a Facebook promotion where you can “place a hit” on your Facebook friends and then friends would be sent a video of an agent assassinating your friend. Harmless? Yeah until you get to know that the setting “target identifiable by..” description.

Since using a harmless description is too mainstream, Agent 47 identifies targets by preset choices such as “her big ears”, “her hairy legs” and “her small tits”. Whoops!!

The “insert friend’s photo here” video wasn’t very humorous to people, except for folks at Square Enix.A few game developers even criticized Square Enix via twitter:

As expected, Square Enix pulled it off and said:

Earlier today we launched an app based around Hitman: Absolution that allowed you to place virtual hits on your Facebook friends. Those hits would only be viewable by the recipient, and could only be sent to people who were confirmed friends. We were wide off the mark with the app, and following feedback from the community we decided the best thing to do was remove it completely and quickly. This we’ve now done.

It is a good promotion if it weren’t for those tasteless comments and lines that would be insulting for a lot of people.

Source: Game Revolution