The life of a hired killer is not an easy one; it is dangerous, lonely, and takes an emotional toll. Most gamers would likely not be suited for such an existence, but we would be lying if we said we didn't enjoy occasionally taking on the role of someone who is.
The Hitman franchise is one of the oldest and most beloved stealth franchises in modern gaming, consistently pumping out high-quality titles that let players take on the persona of the bald, barcoded badass, Agent 47. Our favorite killer clone has gone through quite a bit during his recent outings, but the Beta for his latest adventure will seemingly turn back the clock to the beginning of his career.
A new trailer for the Hitman beta has hit the web courtesy of Square Enix; the promotional video follows a young Agent 47 as he is brought to a snowy ICA facility to be vetted and employed by the agency of killers. As he walks through the facility, his future handler Diana Burnwood and an unknown man discuss his amazing set of skills and apparent lack of emotional weaknesses -- making him a perfect asset for the agency, if his talents can be harnessed. The trailer comes to an end and the words "Play The Beginning," appear on the screen, signaling that this is the beginning of the Agent 47 we know and love.
The Hitman beta will expand upon elements of the franchise that fans have come to expect and enjoy over the years. With regard to the hits, emphasis will be placed on the sandbox nature of levels, and complete freedom to take out a target in a way that suits any player's style.
This gameplay style will signal something of a return to form for the franchise after Hitman: Absolution, which narrowed down the options for players in favor of a much more linear, narrative driven story. Many fans felt that this style missed the point of what made the Hitman series so beloved, and it seems that the developers have opted to bring the series much more in line with the gameplay of Hitman: Blood Money -- a series high point -- which gave players greater freedom to kill targets with guns, blades, poison, and even rigged "accidents."
In addition to the announcement of the Hitman beta, Square Enix has also announced they will be adapting the wildly popular Hitman GO for Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. The turn based mobile game proved incredibly popular on IOS, Android, and Windows devices, and even won "Best Game Design" and "Best IOS Game" at the 2014 Canadian Video Game Awards. Square Enix has revealed that the game will feature 91 levels and a difficulty curve that will make it accessible to gamers of all skill levels.
The Hitman Beta will be made available on the Playstation 4 on February 12, 2016 and February 19, 2016 for PC. Hitman GO will make its way to the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita sometime in 2016 as well.
Source: Square Enix