Hitman: Absolution is the 5th game in the series and from what we have seen so far, is looking like the best one yet. The biggest change has come in the form of the dÃ©but on the PS3, and with the IO Interactive’s proprietary Glacier 2 engine, it is going to look sick when it hit shelves next year!
Now, thanks to the latest copy of Edge magazine, a huge list of new features have been revealed and you can check them all out after the jump.
Game is primarily set in Chicago
Begins with Agent 47 on the run from the Chicago police
IO’s Glacier 2 engine supposedly offer fantastic facial animations
Use of cover mechanics.
Bigger focus on staying hidden, rather than staying in disguise (sounds a lot like Splinter Cell: Conviction so far)
Instinct mode highlights enemies and their patrols through walls, like Arkham Asylum’s detective mode.
It’s powered by silent take downs.
No big scale map screen as in previous games.
Mini map still highlights points of interest.
New threat meter is a grey circle that wavers in directions where enemies may spot 47 (again as in Conviction)
There will be lots of improvised weapons players can use that are unique to each location.
Players can take hostages as human shields as in previous games.
This hostage taking prompted some complex AI patterns in the demo, with cops fanning out realistically to keep sight of the target.
Levels will be divided into checkpoints for the first time.
Some stages will be as large as in old Hitman games, others will be much smaller.
New structure allows for greater variety and complex set pieces, as well as story driven moments.
Having a disguise doesn’t mean you’ll be able to fool everybody.
Plot will be more personal to 47, with the Hitman knowing some of his targets.
47 and Diana will have new voice actors.
Hand to hand combat will be involved.
Instinct mode increases disguise effectiveness. As cops in the demo questions 47â€²s movements while he’s disguised as a police man, he enters instinct and uses his police radio to fool them.
Each disguise has safe spots, like a box of doughnuts for police men.
You’ll be completely safe in that disguise for as long as you want.
New engine offers on the fly editing for AI. AI can also affect group behaviour now.
Whatever you do, the AI will react to that dynamically.
The way crowds will be used will be different.
The game releases in 2012 on the PS3, 360 and PC.
Source: Gaming Bolt
Last Updated: June 29, 2011