Partnership reaffirmed for new project
The Hitman franchise has swapped hands a bit over the years. Owned by Square Enix for a number of years, development studio IO Interactive broke away from the publisher to become independent, and took its bald-headed IP with it. However, it wasn't too long before Warner Bros got involved, offering a publishing...
Expect them on PS5
Hitman was one of this generation's biggest success stories thanks to an episodic delivery of content that actually worked for once. Hitman 2 didn't make quite as big a splash, instead deciding to ship the bulk of its content at launch, but it looks like developer IO Interactive is gearing up for a third attempt at telling the...
Hitman 2 may not have set cash registers on fire, but Danish developer IO Interactive is expanding to Sweden with a new studio. Based in Malmö – the birthplace of LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic – the fresh team will “strengthen IO Interactive’s commitment to deliver exceptional content to the Hitman franchise,...
Looks like IO Interactive could be readying a new instalment in its Hitman series, as a game named Hitman: Sniper Assassin has scoped out a rating in Australia. While there are no additional details available, it’s extremely unusual for these bodies to classify content that doesn’t exist, so something must be in the offing...
It's a hit, man
This year marks the 20th anniversary of IO Interactive, the studio famed for its Hitman series. To celebrate this milestone, the Copenhagen-based developer has announced Hitman: Definitive Edition, which brings together all content released for the episodic murder-em-up. This will be available exclusively at retail, thanks to a...
"We're making great progress"
The newly independent IO Interactive is working on a new Hitman game, which it seems won’t be a second season for its already successful reboot but instead an entirely new title. As part of a blog post celebrating the release of its recent Game of the Year edition, boss Hakan Abrak said that it’s making “great...
$20 upgrade seems pricey, though
Hitman is back following developer IO Interactive’s divorce from parent company Square Enix. The Danish developer has announced Hitman: Game of the Year Edition, a huge digital bundle set to release on 7th November which includes the original game in its entirety – as well as a bunch of new content on top...
It's definitely not Season 2
If there are two things we love reporting here at Push Square, it's: 1) Reporting on Tweets, and; 2) announcements of announcements. Therefore the Hitman Twitter account's reveal that a new content announcement for the game will be coming at 2PM CEST - that's 1PM BST - on 24th October was an absolute godsend to us. What...
Bald but back
There’s new Hitman content on the way. IO Interactive has been through a turbulent time behind-the-scenes, breaking away from owner Square Enix just as its first season of assassination contracts were at peak popularity – but it seems like it’s got its proverbial in order, and is ready to reveal new content on 24th October. The...
More Hitman incoming
It has been a rocky few months for developer IO Interactive after publisher Square Enix announced its plans to sell the studio, but the story has come to a satisfying conclusion. IO Interactive is now an independent studio and it has kept all rights to the Hitman IP. Speaking on the IO Interactive blog, CEO Hakan Abrak...
One more hit
The official Hitman website has been updated with an open letter from the IO Interactive team, which implies that fan feedback has played a pivotal part in how the next instalment in the series is being developed for "PC and next-gen consoles". The correspondence says that fans will be "glad to hear that we have removed 47's magic...
Kane and Lynch keeping out of trouble
You can kiss goodbye to any hopes of a Mini Ninjas sequel. A spokesperson for Square Enix Europe has told Games Industry International that Danish developer IO Interactive has had all of its projects cancelled and its workforce cut in half as it refocuses on the Hitman franchise. In the process, former...
There's been a definite dearth in video game literature these past couple of months, but at least there's something to look forward to
Book publisher Del Rey has announced it's got a treat for fans of the Hitman series, pledging the release of Hitman: Damnation for this Summer. The novel's set to bridge the gap between Hitman: Blood Money and the upcoming Hitman: Absolution, and sees protagonist..
Square Enix has a product named Hitman: Sniper Challenge in the works, if a trademark uncovered by Siliconera is to be believed
This is the second Hitman leak of the month, following the discovery of Hitman: Profession at the start of January. Both projects are linked to the newly formed Square Enix Montreal, who are confirmed to be the developers of the next Hitman project. Meanwhile, series..
There were things that we liked about IO Interactive's Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
The visual style, for one, was extremely impressive — and we're surprised it hasn't been aped yet. But for all the game's good looks and presentation trickery, Dog Days just wasn't that fun to play. It was short, predictable and flat. Developer IO really needs to...
If you want to know which classic PlayStation 2 titles are heading to the PlayStation Network, you need only turn to the ESRB's website
Yesterday, the American ratings board outed the release of the original Killzone for PS3 — something that Sony confirmed within hours of the rumours hitting the net. Today, eagle eyed gamers have spotted a similar...
Good grief this is gory
During the VGAs pre-show last night, Square Enix released a new trailer for Hitman: Absolution. What did it show? Well, people getting shot in the face mainly. But in a stylish manner — if that's at all possible. Watch it for yourself after the break.
IO Interactive has been one of the few developers committed to new intellectual property
The developer has already produced two new franchises this generation in Mini Ninjas and Kane & Lynch, the latter of which spawned a sequel last year. The Danish studio is currently working on Hitman Absolution, a new entry in the stylish stealth series it created. But even though it's been six years since..
Square Enix has released a commentated version of its most recent Hitman: Absolution trailer
Doing the talking is game director Tore Blystad and gameplay director Christian Elverdam. Catch the talk-through after the break.
As promised yesterday, IO Interactive has released a full eight minute gameplay demonstration of Hitman: Absolution
The demo takes place in an abandoned Canadian library and shows off the game's moody atmosphere really well. Some of the lighting is phenomenal. A number of legacy fans aren't too happy with some of the game's modern mechanics, such as the ability to scout out rooms with a kind of..
Hunted by the police, completely unarmed, Agent 47 seeks refuge in an abandoned Chicago library," reads Square Enix's pitch for Hitman: Absolution's debut gameplay teaser
Running on IO Interactive's new Glacier 2 engine, Hitman: Absolution promises to combine the "much loved classic gameplay with completely new and exciting features for the Hitman franchise". This is just a sneak peak..
The last co-operative third-person shooter IO Interactive developed was the divisive Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. Despite taking a bit of a critical pounding, the game sold exceptionally well on the back of its unique visual style. So it wouldn't be a surprise if we did see another title in the series. And in a recent job listing for a...
We all knew it was coming, but now it's official
Square Enix has just confirmed the existence of Hitman Absolution with a teaser trailer. We've embedded it above. Details are super scarce right now, presumably with more to follow at E3. We'll keep you updated.
When we started this website, we made an internal pledge to cut out the metaphors that's so prevalent in games media
Sometimes we fail. We're failing right now actually, while we discuss aims and objectives that have nothing to do with this stor--... Ok. IO Interactive has Tweeted that "next week will be very good" and that we should "get ready for the incoming shrapnel."..
Remember that alternate-reality Hitman 5 game we told you about the other day? Well now it's kicking up bonafide screenshots
Four of the images reference the Canada's CN Tower — the world's largest free-standing structure. Fans are speculating that this suggests Hitman 5 will be set in Canada. It's the fifth image that is most interesting though. It looks to be a screenshot from a CGI movie,..
It sounds like Hitman 5's finally set to get its long awaited announcement at this year's E3
Members of the franchise's forums are dizzy with speculation after a bunch of ARG clues started appearing around the Internet. Hit the link for all the clues. As with any ARG it all gets a bit confusing after the first couple of announcements, but, from what we can gather, the latest update includes a..
Someone call Kane & Lynch -- tell them they're fired
Why? Because Danish studio, IO Interactive, is staffing up for what it touts to be "one of the most exciting projects" in the studio's history. We're guessing this has more to do with Hitman than Mini Ninjas. The role — for a "Lead Character Artist" if you're interested — notes: We are looking for an exceptional..
It's been on the cards for a long time
IO might have tried their hand at some different titles - notably Kane & Lynch, though who could forget the surprisingly good Mini Ninjas? - but a new Hitman's always been on the cards. It sounds like Agent 47's voice actor, David Bateson, might finally have spilled the beans. Speaking in an interview with TheGamingLiberty, Bateson mentioned the fifth game..
Square Enix has dropped details on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days' first batch of DLC
The game's not out until Friday here in the UK, but that's not stopping the flow of downloadable extras. There'll be three unique packs available on the PlayStation Store: the Multiplayer Mask Pack, the Alliance Weapon Pack, and the Doggie Bag Pack. All of the packs...
It drops next week
Square Enix has got the marketing bucks out big-time for this one; Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days' launch trailer may be a showy sequence of CGI, but, going by our hands-on with the game, it's a pretty good representation of the type of gritty action players can expect from the game.
We liked the demo, and we like this trailer even more
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days continues to sit pretty high on our list of "must buy" titles. In fact, we're rather excited about the co-op shooter. This trailer's not helping quell our excitement, only enhance it. Don't you just love it when trailers get all fancy with the audio editing?
Eurogamer's got a pretty beefy rumour regarding IO Interactive's long-standing Hitman franchise
According to the website, Hitman 5 is currently in development at the Danish studio and is due for release Christmas 2011 "at the earliest". Retail sources are backing up Eurogamer's claim, stating that they believe the title would be "most likely" to release in 2011. Many believe..
Looks like you're going to get a new Hitman title next year
Some artwork posted by Great Graphics (since removed) includes a poster of the skin-headed protagonist from the Hitman franchise and a 2011 date. Great Graphics worked with IO Interactive on Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, so it doesn't seem implausible that they'd be working on promotion art for a new Hitman too. It's worth noting that the..
Is it any good?
Kane & Lynch is a franchise that will long be marred by the controversy that took place outside of the product. The original game was a bit of a mess, with poor shooting mechanics taking centre stage in an interesting, but under-developed piece of fiction. Despite that, you'd be forgiven for thinking a sequel wasn't necessary...
If, like us, you're looking forward to IO Interactive's upcoming low-fidelity shooter, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, you're going to want to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber. The demo will be available a week earlier for premium subscribers, giving users the opportunity to download the sample on July 20th. Non-subscribers will get access to...
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days' selling-point is that it looks a little messed-up
While Sony's in-house development studios continually push each other to raise the graphical bar time after time, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days aims to make everything low-res. It's all for dramatic effect of course, and it looks great. Check the latest trailer after the...
Like, right now.
Square Enix has just dropped an extended trailer for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days - their upcoming co-operative shooter with a twist. Much of the trailer includes footage we've covered before, but there is a good chunk of new stuff too so it's worth a look. Besides, the game's actually looking like it might be a lot of fun,...
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days aims to look like a YouTube video
In a generation where games try to outpretty each other, it's a risky move. But we think it actually is shaping up awesome here. There's a full set of screens on VG247.
The original may have lost Jeff Gerstmann his job, but that ain't stopping IO Interactive announcing a sequel to Kane & Lynch. Set in the "gritty Shanghai underworld," Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is going to have a real innovative style, with an undercover documentary vibe going on. Sounds very interesting indeed. "Gamers are...
Mini Ninjas is a curious title
Coming from IO Interactive (synonymous with dark titles such as Kane & Lynch) it totally shuns the policy of dark and foreboding for something a little more family friendly. Mini Ninjas is a bright, anime-inspired title with an underlining family flare. The game opens on a ninja-training village where you're...
Who wants to try out Eidos' adorable release Mini Ninjas? We do
Seriously. We think it's shaping up rather neatly and we're looking forward to the demo that's been confirmed to hit the PSN this very week. Mini Ninjas is all about Hiro, Futo and Suzume's adorable adventure, bringing peace and harmony to a world teetering on destruction. Sound...