Fast-forward to today, and developer IO Interactive has announced the Hitman HD Enhanced Collection for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Further, the independent developer not only confirmed the two games were coming as one package to the PlayStation and Xbox consoles, but revealed they will be doing so quite soon on January 11, which is just next week.
☑️ 60 FPS
☑️ Improved Lighting
☑️ Updated Controls
☑️ Blood Money + Absolution
HITMAN HD Enhanced Collection January 11th, 2019. pic.twitter.com/ymTrjAeB1Z— HITMAN 2 (@Hitman) January 4, 2019
As you can see from the above tweet, the "HD Enhanced Collection" will come with all the bells and whistles you'd expect: 4K and 60 FPS support, improved controls and back-end tech, and of course a whole lot of killing.
According to IO Interactive, the remasters of the two games properly bring the titles to the standards of 2019. This isn't to say they will look like brand-new 2019 games. They aren't remakes. But they run and look much better than their original versions, courtesy of modern tech.
The Danish developer highlights the following features:
- 4K visuals at 60 frames per second
Increased texture resolution
Upgraded texture formats
Heightened shadow map and mirror resolutions
Updated controls for a more fluid experience
For those that don't know: Hitman Absolution released back in 2012 via the PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360. Depending on the platform, it garnered high 70s to low 80s on Metacritic, and was seen by many as one of the weaker installments in the series at the time. However, it did still have its fans.
Meanwhile, Hitman: Blood Money debuted back in 2006 via the PS2, PC, Xbox, and Xbox 360. Upon launch, the game landed at 82 on Metacritic, and cultivated quite the hardcore following. To date, it is often referred to as the best Hitman game, at least of the older style Hitman games.
At the moment of publishing this, it's unclear how much Hitman HD Enhanced Collection will cost, but it will presumably not be a full $60. Further, there's been no word of a Nintendo Switch release or any indication that one will ever come.