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Hitman: Absolution level changed after outcry over crazy nun trailer

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Hitman Absolution's Attack Of The Saints trailer aimed to provoke, but the unexpectedly outraged response was enough to first force game director Tore Blystad to apologise and now cause the game to be tweaked.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Blystad said: "The Saints trailer is based on a level within the game. One way to go about that level is to go in all guns blazing, but of course it's not the smartest way.


Hitman: Absolution Contracts mode will let you create hits and challenge friends

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IO Interactive have been showing a bit of Hitman: Absolution's Contracts mode that'll let us tag up to three assassination targets on any level and challenge our friends to take them all out in the most efficient manner they can manage. If the mission walkthrough trailer and that enormous factory at the end of the new Contracts trailer are evidence, Absolution's levels should be rather large, which suggests that there should be plenty of potential targets to choose from

Eidos add that "HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will also ship with many pre-set CONTRACTS, each designed by the very best assassins at IO Interactive." Neat. I CERTAINLY look forward to TRYING IT.


Hitman: Absolution gets Steamworks and DX11 support: "Hitman's suit looks ten times more awesome on PC"

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Owen has clubbed a guard, nabbed his clothes and wandered casually out of an IO Interactive Gamescom meeting with details of some of the PC-only features we can look forward to from Agent 47's October outing. If you have a DirectX 10 card you'll be able to enjoy increased texture and gesture resolution, better shadows, sharper visuals and more. If you have a DirectX 11 card, Absolution will look even better thanks to the integration of top level visual tricks like bokeh filtering and tessellation into IO's Glacier 2 engine. Steamworks support means we'll be able to upload our saves to the cloud and resume your campaign on any PC. Nice.

IO Interactive's Jonas Meyer headed up the presentation. He says that IO "want the game to look as awesome as possible" and promises that "Hitman's suit looks ten times more awesome on PC."


Assassin's Creed 3 Animus trailer teases new multiplayer modes and unlock system

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The latest Assassin's Creed 3 trailer is framed as an Animus advert created by the ever-friendly but obviously evil Templar front, Abstergo Industries. Here they show off a few new Assassin's Creed 3 multiplayer modes, including "Domination," a team-based, four vs. four point capture contest, and "Wolfpack," which sadly isn't about a gang of wolves hunting lone assassins through the snowy wastes of early America. It's a co-op mode that has you hunting AI targets against the clock. Every successful kill lets you kill again. See? Abstergo: evil.


Assassin's Creed 3 trailer hunts Brits in Boston

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We've seen a bit of how Assassin's Creed 3 will play in the snowy wilderness, now we get to see how Connor operates in the midst of a bustling city. New moves let him take cover, occupy "stalking zones" to pass unseen through undergrowth and interrupt private conversations by standing rudely in the middle of them with arms folded, hiding himself instantly from any passing soldiers. The "social stealth" aspects of Assassin's Creed has always required a suspension of disbelief, but that white Assassin's Creed garb looks especially outlandish in the grimy streets of young Boston, and it's hard to believe that nobody can see him walking that rope high wire with a massive bow at the ready.

Climbing still looks gorgeous and fluid, though. The video's worth watching to see Connor navigate an awkward tree, vault through some poor citizen's kitchen and swing through the intricate knots and lines of a ship's rigging. You'll find the video walkthrough hiding in the stalking zone below.


Assassin's Creed 3 E3 trailer has developer commentary, Scottish mini-bosses, tiny teacup

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As one of the better demos shown publicly at E3 this year, this Assassin's Creed 3 walkthrough is worth another look. It's been released again with a bit of added commentary from creative director Alexander Hutchinson. He talks more about Connor, the half British, half American, all-Assassin leading man we'll be playing as in the latest game, and remarks on the weather system enabled by the new Anvil Engine. Snow drifts visibly slow movement on the ground, encouraging Connor to take a detour through the treetops. That's a good way to avoid the kilt-wearing Scot soldier, who seem to be the mini-bosses of the British army.


Assassin's Creed 3 E3 demo shoots deer, fights wolves, ruins a bored man's cuppa

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Assassin's Creed 3 put in a good showing at the Ubisoft conference earlier with some balanced in-game footage showing life in the wilds, some man on dog combat (a regular sight already at E3), camp life and a spot of assassination. It would be hard to describe Connor's style as subtle. His idea of an explosive diversion is one that you walk straight through afterwards, and he's startlingly unconcerned about dropping down directly in front of gun lines. See some of Connor's more choreographed, but equally reckless moves in action in the E3 trailer below.


Assassin's Creed 3 trailer shows first in-game footage: bow, angry bear and branch parkour

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Hitman: Absolution release date set, Sniper Challenge pre-order game in August

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The Hitman: Absolution release date has been set for November 20. Square Enix confirmed the date as part of a press release outlining the unusual Sniper Challenge pre-order bonus. If you pre-order the game on May 15 you'll get a standalone sniper game through Steam on August 1.

Sniper Challenge will give you a sniper rifle and place you on a balcony overlooking a swanky party populated by the friends, staff and bodyguards of your target, CEO Richard Strong. There will be "score multipliers" and "secret extras" that will let you unlock weapon upgrades and claim even higher scores. Weapons like the Kazo TRG sniper rifle can then be ported over into Hitman: Absolution when it comes out in November.


Dishonored trailer has stilted goons, dark magic, violent revenge

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Hitman Absolution trailer features axe murder, Agent 47 is not a convincing priest

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Assassin's Creed 3 trailer slowly rotates new hero, special editions announced

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"Where is the hidden blade?" some fans cried as they looked over the debut trailer and first screenshots. It's HIDDEN, isn't it? He's not going to flash it about willy nilly when his hands are already full of axes and pistols. The new Assassin's Creed 3 teaser trailer joins the growing number of teaser videos that like slowly rotate characters, highlighting things that may be interesting about them. Today we learn that guns are loud, bows are quiet, and Tomahawks are Tomahawks.

So the teaser trailer may skimp on the new info, but Ubisoft have wasted no time in revealing details about the special Freedom Edition and the Join or Die edition that we'll be able to pre-order to get hold of bonus bits like extra missions, George Washington's secret diary and a model of Connor that you'll be able to rotate for your friends, pointing out interesting bits. Look, he's got arms!


Assassin's Creed 3 screenshots chop up redcoats, hide in trees, pose on rooftops

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Six new Assassin's Creed 3 screenshots have appeared on Evil Avatar. They're full of magnificent red coats . Assassin's Creed 3 takes place in a time when camouflage was considered cowardly, though the new assassin, Conner, hasn't quite grasped the concept either. The bright white cowl has become synonymous with Assassin's Creed, though, and Conner may as well be wearing a clown costume for all it matters. Like the best videogame goons, Assassin's Creed's soldiers never look up.


Assassin's Creed 3 co-op mode spotted in product listing

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Assassin's Creed 3 vaulted out of the trees yesterday. The debut trailer gave us a hint of what to expect from the sequel's new setting in colonial America. CVG have spotted a listing on Xbox.com that suggests we'll get to share those wild North American forests with up to three friends. The Xbox.com entry lists 2-4 player online co-op as a feature. 8 player multiplayer is also mentioned.


Assassin's Creed 3 gets debut trailer, new engine, release date

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The debut Assassin's Creed 3 trailer suggests that Ubisoft are planning to take Assassin's Creed to the wide open plains and forests of early America. Up until now they've relied on heavily built-up cities to support its assassins' free-running style, from the behaviour of our new hero in this trailer, it looks as though we'll be vaulting through trees instead.

It won't all be countryside, though. Ubisoft promise a range of locations from the "untamed frontier" to "bustling chaotic towns" and even scenes set on battlefields like the one shown at the end of the trailer. We'll be playing as "Ratohnaké:ton," aka "Connor," an assassin of "Native American and English heritage."


Assassin's Creed 3 is official, will be set in the American Revolution

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Ubisoft PR chap Jay Acevedo has tweeted an image that looks like boxart for Assassin's Creed 3, officially confirming earlier rumours that the next game would be set in the American Revolution. It shows the assassin star of this morning's concept art axe murdering a soldier as the revolution rages behind him. Click "read and comment" to see the whole thing.


Assassin's Creed 3 poster teases American Revolution setting

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A poster sent to Kotaku suggests that the next Assassin's Creed will be set during the American Revolution. The image shows an assassin in the classic peaked hood of the brotherhood of assassins posing with a pistol and an axe in front of the early continental flag, pegging the setting for 18 century US. Game Informer also briefly published a banner image showing the same assassin posing with George Washington. It's since been pulled, but not before a NeoGaf user grabbed a screenshot.

Ubisoft are warming up for a big reveal as well. A post on the Assassin's Creed Facebook page says that "a major announcement from Assassin’s Creed is only days away." They recommend keeping an eye on the official Assassin's Creed site for details. GDC is set to start within the week, that seems as good a time as any for Ubisoft to blow the lid on the sequel. You'll find the poster sent to Kotaku below, note the interesting Native American vibe.


Square Enix trademark Hitman: Profession

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Shortly before Christmas, Square Enix filed for a trademark that suggests a title for the Hitman game set to arrive after Absolution. The name? Hitman: Profession. Siloconera spotted the trademark application, which will likely be the working title for the new Hitman game in development at Square Enix' recently opened Montreal Studio.

Hitman: Profession would be a terrible name, but the trademark coincides with a spate of unusual odd upcoming game titles...


Hitman Absolution trailer kills all the men

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Uh oh. Agent 47 has taken the drastic step of scratching off the barcode on the back of his head, thus removing any chance Hitman's famously unobservant guards ever had of identifying him. There's some confusion about what's happening with the woman Agent 47's trying to save here. First she's in bed, then she's in the shower (dead?), then she's alive and being kidnapped, then Agent 47 goes all Leon with empty elevator and a lights-out killing spree.

I love the Hitman series, but I stopped paying attention to the story as soon as someone said the word "clone." Who is the woman, is she a clone, and why do the bad guys leave two men to guard an empty room?


Assassin's Creed survey lists possible settings for future titles

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A number of Assassin's Creed fans have received a survey asking them where they'd like to see Assassin's Creed set. It's multiple choice, which means we get to see the options that Ubisoft are considering. Eurogamer got hold of a screenshot of the survey from Empire State Gamers, which offers eight different settings that range from Medieval China to the American revolution and Victorian London. But which is your favourite?