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Hitman: Absolution is the upcoming fifth title in the Hitman series by producer, IO Interactive. Unlike previous Hitman titles,Hitman: Absolution will be published, for the first time, by Square Enix, instead of Eidos Interactive . The game will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows . Notably, it is the series' debut on the PlayStation 3 console. Hitman: Absolution will run on IO Interactive's proprietary Glacier 2 game engine, combining classic Hitman game mechanics with brand new mechanics. The game's story will further delve into the mysterious life of Agent 47, the series' protagonist. Hitman: Absolution is set to be properly unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 in Los Angeles.
The plans to continue the Hitman franchise were first announced in 2007, but it was until May 2009 that Eidos confirmed the game was in development. Certain plot details for the game were rumored in 2009, stating that the game's story would lead Agent 47 to a low point from which he would have to rebuild himself. On 20 April 2011 Square Enix filed the trademark for the name Hitman: Absolution in Europe, leading sites to speculate that it would be the name of the fifth Hitman game. On 10 May 2011 a teaser trailer was released, confirming the title: Hitman Absolution. The short, 27 second trailer, briefly showed Agent 47 attaching a silencer and a rattle snake coiled around his Silverballer pistol. It has been reported the game will be "familiar and yet [a] significantly different experience from other Hitman Games."