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HITMAN 2 may be announced on Thursday

Image source: Twitter (@Hitman)
Image source: Twitter (@Hitman)
A logo bearing the words "HITMAN 2" appeared on WB Games' site Monday night before being promptly removed, hinting that a new Hitman game may be just around the corner. The official Hitman twitter seems to confirm this; a new tweet, bearing a blurred video of the titular Hitman's next target, teases that something is coming June 7th.

The Hitman franchise has followed a twisted road. After 2012’s Hitman: Absolution was launched to a lukewarm reception, IO Interactive (the franchise’s creator and developer) fell into a bit of a lurch, eventually being purchased by Square Enix. 2016 saw a reboot of the franchise with HITMAN: Season 1, an episodic release that garnered critical and consumer acclaim. Despite its success, Square Enix released IO Interactive last May, cutting the company loose based on “disagreements” with the franchise, leaving Agent 47’s future in question. New Hitman content may be on the way, however; a leaked logo and a mysterious announcement on Twitter heavily hints at a new title.

A logo with the words “HITMAN 2” (using the 2016 game’s all-capitalized title) supposedly appeared on the WB Games’ website Monday night. The logo was taken down soon after it appeared. WB Games purchased the distribution rights to Hitman back in April and released HITMAN: Definitive Edition soon after. If there is a new Hitman game in the works, WB Games will be the distributor.

Hitman’s official Twitter page (@HITMAN) also posted a tweet on Monday that lends more credence to a future release in the very near future. The Tweet reads the following:

Good afternoon, 47. The profiles have been uploaded. Your next target is...

This tweet also features a video of a blurred figure and the words “Access Denied // June 7th, 2018” flashing across it.

While it’s still uncertain if this means a new title (perhaps HITMAN: Season 2), there will be an announcement this Thursday. Fans are hoping for a fresh title, but the announcement could be anything. HITMAN is well-known for releasing “elusive targets,” which are essentially bonus missions within the pre-existing levels. Some fans even speculate this could be a port of the game to Nintendo’s Switch, which has recently seen ports of several titles. As any HITMAN player knows, the fun is in the anticipatory waiting. Agent 47 will be stepping out of the shadows this Thursday, and he’s not likely to miss his target.


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Sam Medley, 2018-06- 5 (Update: 2020-09-30)