Warner Bros and IO Interactive finally launch ‘Hitman 2’

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive have launched Hitman 2, the follow-up to the acclaimed international video game, Hitman. The game is now available for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 4 Pro computer entertainment system, Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X, and PC. “We’re thrilled to partner with the talented team at IO Interactive on the launch of Hitman 2. It has immersive gameplay, franchise-first game modes and a constant flow of free live content that is sure to excite the passionate fan base, as well as new players,” said Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president David Haddad. The game is developed by IO Interactive which has perfected the assassination sandbox experience, providing players with an unrivaled freedom to plan and complete their mission utilizing an assortment of tools, weapons, disguises and a variety of stealth techniques to creatively trigger their own unique chain of events. “It has never been a more exciting time for IO Interactive and Hitman players all around the world.  The new game of the same franchise marks not only a new chapter for us as an independent studio but also serves as a benchmark for our commitment to deliver unique AAA experiences. The world of assassination will truly never stop challenging you, as we will keep expanding it and further push the envelope in new, ambitious directions.” said IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak. The new game takes players on a global adventure across six intricate locations – including Hawke’s Bay (New Zealand), Miami (Florida/U.S.), Santa Fortuna (Colombia), Mumbai (India), Whittleton Creek (Vermont/U.S.) and the mysterious Isle of Sgàil (North Atlantic). The game has all living, breathing environments with multiple paths to explore, unparalleled game depth and countless interactive possibilities. A variety of new features, upgrades and items are present in the game including the 1-versus-1 competitive multiplayer – ghost mode, online co-op mode – sniper assassin, return of the fan-favourite briefcase, brand new progression system, ability to hide in low vision areas, enhanced crowd fidelity, picture-in-picture mode, accented dialogue, strategic use of mirrors, improved combat A.I., new difficulty levels and much more. With the entire main game available at launch, this allows for all locations to be immediately enjoyed and utilized for post-launch free live content, including elusive targets, escalations, challenge packs and contracts mode. The first of numerous post-launch live content updates will include the upcoming elusive target mission starring international actor Sean Bean, who will take on the role of Mark Faba, a former MI5 Agent turned freelance assassin. In ghost mode, two players compete against each other online, both as Agent 47, to assassinate the most targets faster and cleaner than their opponent while utilizing weapons, items, outfits and ghost crate supply drops to help accomplish the overall mission. The franchise-first Sniper Assassin brings a co-op experience to the Hitman series for the first time, allowing two players to work together online to take down their targets. The Hitman 2 standard edition includes the main game and is available for $59.99. The  silver edition includes the main game, plus an upcoming expansion pack featuring a new location, new sniper assassin map, new challenges, various missions, outfits and weapons, as well as the executive pack featuring the Italian black leather briefcase and ICA 19 blackballer pistol in-game items, all for $79.99. The  gold edition includes the main game, plus the expansion pass, which contains two upcoming expansion packs providing new locations, new sniper assassin maps, new challenges, various missions, outfits and weapons, as well as the executive pack, all for $99.99. Finally, the  collector’s edition includes the main game, expansion pass, executive pack, collector’s pack featuring the concussive rubber duck and midnight black suit in-game items, exclusive steelcase, Agent 47 bullet keyring, Agent 47 rubber duck and Agent 47 signature coin, all packed into an exclusive replica Agent 47 Gun Case for $149.99.