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Hitman: Absolution Going Hollywood With Actors And Story

We've heard a lot about L.A. Noire pushing the motion capture boundaries, and about how it brings cinematic movie-like interactive entertainment to the next level.

And you'll soon start hearing similar technical claims for the recently announced Hitman: Absolution, the latest installment in the revered franchise, in development at IO Interactive. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised to learn that publisher Square Enix wants to take a "Hollywood approach" to this new iteration:

They've got a cast of a dozen Hollywood actors for both voice performances and mo-cap. This includes Keith Carradine (he's the new villain) and Marsha Thomason (she plays Diana Burnood, Agent 47's handler), and as for the technical stuff... Well, let's just say all the performance capture is being done at Giant Studios, also used by director James Cameron for the film, "Avatar." This new game wants to place "more emphasis on the emotional human stories that evolve," so it's important to go to such lengths. Said Tore Blystad, IO game director:

"We had actors like Marsha and Keith come in and do full-body acting with facial and voice being captured simultaneously in scenes. Some of these scenes were very complex with all kinds of props and interactions amongst the actors."

Blystad said this work is actually closer to theater work than a film process, which is something we've heard from industry insiders before. As for the actors, they seem enthusiastic about the project and even downright impressed. Said Carradine:

"The character I play in Hitman: Absolution is as multidimensional as any well-imagined character should be. The vividness of the world entered by the gamer hinges on detail. To fully engage the attention of the player requires nothing less than the most completely realized universe of geography and personality."

The game is going be more serious and much darker than other titles in the past, and actually, the hope is that the movies will follow suit. Yeah, producer Adrian Askarieh is helping with a second "Hitman" movie now, so just get over it. As for the game franchise, it has sold over 10 million copies worldwide since first appearing in 2000, and it seems very likely that Absolution could be the next step for the series.

Related Game(s): Hitman: Absolution

Tags: hitman absolution, hitman sequel, hitman ps3

5/12/2011 9:52:41 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

Lord carlos
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 10:50:18 AM
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Keith carradine was awesome as wild bill hickock in deadwood(my favourite show,best writing ever)& as F.B.I special agent frank lundy in Dexter,the only guy apart from sgt doakes to almost give dexter a nervous breakdown.

He's a great actor and can only help the game get better.
Mo-cap definitely helps in the dramatic scene's and also adds to the realism overall,alot of people will list uncharted & heavy rain as the best examples and they wouldn't be wrong but my favourite is king Bohan(Andy sirkis)from heavenly sword,the acting in his scene's were class & very funny.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 11:11:28 AM

Good call on Bohan

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Lord carlos
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 11:23:39 AM

He was good wasn't he!!
"Roach its bad enough that you sprang from my youthful loins,but i have to watch you blott out the sun every morning"
Class :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 4:38:46 PM

haha, class act that Andy Serkis, he does great with Monkey in Enslaved too.

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Godslim
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 10:58:07 AM
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good to know would be cool for a bit of a deeper story and go more into the character of 47
cant wait tho was one of my fav ps2 series!

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Lotusflow3r
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 11:00:45 AM
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Nothing to generally worry about here.

I never considered Hitman to be genius storytelling, so a more Hollywood approach shouldn't hinder too much.

It's the gameplay that's the main focus. If that gets tampered with Hollywood style aka commercial....then it's more evidence of the bad road ahead.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 11:13:24 AM
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The word "Hollywood" makes me nervous but that description sounds good so I won't worry too much. Just don't fill it with cheese like Hollywood does.

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main_event05
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 11:34:21 AM

Hold on, what kind of cheese? I myself am quite partial to pepper jack.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 12:06:47 PM

Pepper Jack is the sh**. So is Muenster.

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kraygen
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 2:22:18 PM

Sams sells this 2 lb block of pepperjack that is freakishly awesome.

Here's a tip for people who like to make homemade pepperoni pizza, add pepperjack on it, best pizza ever.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 4:39:24 PM

Hmm, I too enjoy pepperjack. Maybe it's a gamer thing.

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main_event05
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 5:05:13 PM

I think you're on to something World. Pepper jack is the new gamer fuel.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 9:09:51 PM

but eating melty pepper jack makes my thumbs slip off the analog sticks... on second thought I'm definitely going to have to serve my friends pepper jack nachos next time i get the chance to play mortal kombat

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main_event05
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 11:21:41 AM
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It's games like this that made me wish the 360 was on Par with the PS3. I'm sure the game will look beautiful. But I'm sure it'd be even more so if they could take advantage of an extra 20 to 30 gigs to play with.

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kraygen
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 2:21:12 PM
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I've only played a couple of the hitman games, but I loved them. I'm really looking forward to this as it sounds like they are putting a lot into it and not going for a quick buck.

I just hope it maintains that special clothes stealing stealth style that I really enjoyed from previous games.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 2:26:30 PM
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Very nice. Always good to hear claims like this. It brings Uncharted to mind. Definitely interested in this game. Let's just hope the story works out.
Peace.

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Sakaxxxx
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 2:51:40 PM
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I think that this game will be good but i bet it will not beat L.A Noire in mo-cap.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 3:27:50 PM
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I've enjoyed the Hitman series, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Let's hope they don't go "Hollyweird" on it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 4:40:25 PM
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The question is, can a slower methodical stealth game survive in the gaming environment we live in today?

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Lairfan
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 6:17:05 PM

With the amount of gamers that complained about how Splinter Cell: Conviction didn't have much stealth anymore, the amount of people who constantly say that they would love stealth elements in certain games, and the many people who praise stealth elements in primarily action-focused games (Crysis 2 springs to mind), I'd definitely say there's still a market for it.

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Lairfan
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 6:20:53 PM
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Glad to hear that they're trying to make the story the best it can be in this one. When you go all out like these guys obviously have, it shows how much you care about telling a great story.

So I expect great things from this Hitman, provided it didn't go all "mainstream" with its gameplay.

Oh, and as far as the sequel Hitman movie goes, bleh.

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___________
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 4:38:55 AM
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unfortunately this is a movie tie in.
:(
oh well, hopefully it turns out to be a batman begins tie in, and not a iron man 2 tie in!

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