The venerable Hitman video game franchise will receive its fifth entry in 2012 when Square Enix and developer IO Interactive release Hitman: Absolution. An early teaser trailer for you to check out is below.
For Agent 47’s next adventure, IO Interactive is turning to Hollywood to improve the storytelling. Keith Carradine, who will appear this summer in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, will provide his voice and motion capture movements for the game’s villain, Blake Dexter. White Collar’s Marsha Thomason is on board to offer her talents as Agent 47’s handler, Diana Burnwood. Their relationship may extend beyond a professional threshold.
Bringing the new characters and Agent 47 to life began at Giant Studios, the same place James Cameron used for performance capture on Avatar. Up to seven actors were filmed at once, their performances to be later animated and put into Hitman: Absolution with IO Interactive’s new proprietary Glacier 2 technology serving as the game engine. This type of performance capture is a first for the Hitman franchise.
Agent 47 will be a marked man in Hitman: Absolution as he runs from not only the police but those he formerly trusted that betrayed him. The darker story will take Agent 47 across the United States including locations such as Chicago.
The aim is for Hitman: Absolution and the second Hitman movie to arrive simultaneously in 2012. Right now Daniel Casey is working on the film’s script and has turned in at least one draft to Twentieth Century Fox.