A spinoff to Hitman: Sniper Assassins has been announced for iOS and Android devices later this year. The franchise about a bald killer with a barcode tattoo on the back of his head has already had a great 2021 with IO Interactive’s Hitman 3 receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews. The indie developer also made back the development costs of Hitman 3 just a week after the game released.
Hitman: Sniper Assassins was announced during today’s Square Enix Presents showcase and will be developed by Square Enix Montréal. The Hitman mobile spinoff was originally teased last week when the publisher announced the presentation on Twitter. The graphic for the announcement listed “new Square Enix Montreal games” among other topics like Marvel’s Avengers news, Tomb Raider’s 25th anniversary, and its upcoming sci-fi third-person shooter, Outriders. The trailer shows multiple new assassins, but not Agent 47. Sniper Assassins will have original story content and missions, and gameplay features distinguishing itself from other games in the series and should hold over players until the long-awaited Hitman 4 is eventually announced.
The trailer shown off during the Square Enix Presents presentation did not show any gameplay, so the way players will be interacting with these new assassins and even the genre of the game are unclear. The last time we saw Hitman on mobile was 2014’s Hitman Go: a turned-based puzzle game that turned regular assassination missions into a digital board game. Hitman Go was also developed by Square Enix's Montréal studio, so there’s a wide variety of possibilities for what Hitman: Sniper Assassins's gameplay could be.
A Hitman 3 player has gone were few players dare to go and has discovered exactly what happens to Diana Burnwood if Agent 47 fails to save her in Hitman 3. Hitman 3 was one of the first new games to release in 2021. It has been lauded as a fitting finale to the globe-trotting exploits of Agent 47 and all of his ludicrous methods of killing within the World of Assassination trilogy.
Aside from the in-depth sandbox levels that IO Interactive has created for Hitman 3, one of the key elements to the game is the dynamic between Agent 47 and his handler Diana Burnwood. They are a powerful twosome, with a partnership routed in a deep understanding of each other. When Diana needs Agent 47 during the latter part of Hitman 3, she knows how to contact him in a way that only he will understand - by allowing herself to be caught on CCTV. This is something that anyone other than Agent 47 would assume to just be a standard part of being in a public space such as an airport, as Diana was. Agent 47, however, knows that Diana would never get herself caught like that – she is much too skilled for something as plebian as being recorded on a security camera. Picking up her elusive message, Agent 47 follows Diana’s trail and manages to infiltrate a retirement party in Mendoza, initiating one of the more elaborate Hitman 3 missions.
The Hitman 3 mission “The Farewell” takes place in a sprawling vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. Set against a beautiful backdrop of mountains, canapes and fairy lights, Agent 47 (with the aid of Diana) is tasked with eliminating Don Archibald Yates and Tamara Vidal, two Heralds for Providence. Something that Agent 47 is explicitly NOT tasked with, however, is eliminating Diana Burnwood. When all goes according to plan, at least as far as story progression goes, the mission ends with Agent 47 and Diana having “one last tango” together before Diana betrays Agent 47. However, YouTuber Running Sky has shown just what happens if Agent 47 is unsuccessful in his mission, and what happens to Diana if he fails to save her.
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