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IO Interactive showed off the first concept art for the next Hitman game, as a way to soften the blow that it won't be coming to E3 this year. Read more

Microsoft has revealed its "Games with Gold" freebies for April, which will have you murdering men in the shadows and surviving the undead. Coming... Read more

Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda recently admitted that making games for a global audience actually does the opposite of what it was intended to do. "In the past, when we developed console games with a worldwide premise, we lost our focus, and not only did they end up being games that weren't for the Japanese, but they ended up being incomplete titles that weren't even fit for a global audience," he said. Read more

It's not every day new content just magically shows up for a game that's more than a year old. For some reason, 2012's Hitman: Absolution has been updated today with new contracts for every platform. Read more

The Hitman franchise was supposed to be annualized, with alternating duties between Square Enix Montreal and IO Interactive. However, those plans have been put to rest. Read more

IO Interactive shares some discarded concepts for Hitman: Absolution, including one that had Agent 47 on a revenge mission, and another that had him falling into homelessness. Read more

Hitman: Absolution studio IO Interactive has suffered layoffs to nearly half of its staff, as Square Enix has decided to switch the studio to focus purely on Hitman titles. Read more

Square Enix blamed lower-than-predicted sales of Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider for unexpected losses in the last financial year as it launched a costly restructuring, yet it seemed the games weren't selling particularly poorly. So how high were Squeenix's expectations? Arguably unrealistically, it had forecast sales figures about a third higher than the games actually managed. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Apr 4, 2013 3:00PM PDT

Hitman: Absolution has its own companion app now, called Hitman: ICA. It lets you buy and upgrade weapons, queue up contracts, and get in-game hints from your mobile device. Read more

Developer and publisher Square Enix has changed its positive predictions for the financial year from a healthy profit to a crippling loss, and announced plans to bring in reforms and restructuring. Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, Tomb Raider all failed to meet high sales expectations. The company had forecast a net profit of around $37 million for the fiscal year, which ends March 31, but has now revised that to be a whopping $138 million loss. Ouch. Read more

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