47 has come a long way since his days in the Italian monastery where he attempted to pay for his sins under the ministrations of a kindly Padre. Opinion is divided on whether he has travelled in the right direction.
Amidst the deluge of pre-E3 media releases, IO Interactive give to the world a new trailer for Hitman: Absolution. Before you read any further, it is best you watch it. It will not take you long, and here it is embedded for your convenience.
Done? Good. If anything is unclear, the video description tells us that the assault-rifle and RPG packing nuns are The Saints, a kill team from the Agency whom Agent 47 worked with in previous installations.
I cannot speak for anyone else but to me Hitman is about stealth, subterfuge, blending in with the civilian populace and ending a single target’s life in such a way that it is immediately considered to be a freak accident and no-one is any the wiser. Mass slaughter has always been the series’ weakest point and a sign you are doing something horribly wrong. So when 47 goes up against PVC-clad ‘sexy nuns’ packing assault rifles and an RPG launcher of all things it seems that, similarly, something has gone horribly wrong with the series.
While the trailer was ostensibly created by a third party, Visual Works, IO had directive control so we cannot place the blame at VW’s feet. Even more worrying is, unlike the laughable Dragon Age trailers which featured hacky hacky slashy slashy set to Marilyn Manson, it does not appear that the trailer is so action packed merely to appeal to a new audience. IO emphasises that it reflects ‘the very special vibe and atmosphere you can expect’ from Absolution.
Until we get our hands upon actual review or release copy in November nothing can be said for certain. Let us hope it is not as bad as 393 out of 500 raters of the YouTube video (at time of writing) think it could be.