Assassins rejoice, for your world of assassination is set to grow even larger this month. Remastered versions of two Hitman games are on the way, and upcoming content for Hitman 2 has been teased.
The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection will be available January 11 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, bundling the superb Hitman: Blood Money alongside the rather flawed Hitman: Absolution. Developers IO Interactive have promised a suite of upgrades for both games, including support for 4K resolutions, improved texture resolutions and shadow maps, revamped lighting and support for more modern control methods.
CEO of IO, Hakan Abrak, said on the company’s site, “We’re very happy with this collection and how we were able to update and remaster two of our classic Hitman titles for modern consoles. Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution have helped us on our journey to where we are today, and we’re looking forward to players enjoying them in 4K and 60 fps.”
Curiously, there is no mention of a PC release at this time.
Blood Money was released in 2006 and contained some of the most beloved and memorable contracts yet seen on Agent 47’s extensive resume. Absolution, however, was met with harsh criticism by longtime fans. Its linear format and ill-conceived checkpoint-based save system are still commonly cited as two of the most major missteps in a series traditionally lauded for its open-ended and freeform design.
For those of us still very much enamoured by the excellent Hitman 2, IO recently took to Twitter to tease the reveal of the roadmap for January’s content, which is pencilled in for January 7:
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten the January Roadmap!
It's coming Monday at 12 pm CET!
(here is a little sneak peak)
— IO Interactive (@IOInteractive) January 4, 2019
There’s no confirmation of what we can expect to see this month, but chances are new escalation contracts will be rolled out, and it’s likely we’ll see the next elusive target make an appearance. It’s also possible we’ll see the competitive Ghost mode spread to new maps, or receive news of an upcoming new sandbox location for expansion pass owners. Thankfully, it’s only a short wait before we find out.