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Square Enix has followed up yesterday’s Hitman HD: Trilogy leak from Amazon by confirming the release today. Hitman Absolution is performing quite well in Square Enix’s eyes, and there’s no better time to get the uninitiated up to speed with Agent 47′s previous endeavors.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts, and Hitman: Blood Money are all interesting games designed for the most meticulous of gamers. A widespread release could potentially turn off those who found the streamlined formula of Hitman: Absolution comfortable. On the other hand, a little exposure couldn’t hurt if newcomers realize that these are old games.

I would recommend Blood Money for first timers because the older games are particularly taxing on patience and nerves. It’s the most balanced between the criteria of modern games and the series’ classic sensibilities.

Click the button below for Square Enix’s press release.

SQUARE ENIX, INC. AND IO INTERACTIVE ANNOUNCE HITMAN HD: TRILOGY

Lethal Combo of Classic Hitman Games Available January 29, 2013 for $39.99

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELOS ANGELES

(Dec. 13, 2012) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, and IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, today announced HITMAN HD: TRILOGY, a deadly combination of games including Hitman Contracts, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and Hitman Blood Money. Players will experience more than 40 intense missions across three classic Hitman games, all presented in glorious HD. HITMAN HD: TRILOGY will be released for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for $39.99 in North America.The HITMAN HD: TRILOGY is scheduled for release in North America on January 29, 2013 and across Europe and PAL territories on February 1, 2013 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Xbox 360. HITMAN: TRILOGY is rated M for Mature. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. For more information and updates, please visit the official website at: www.hitman.com.About the Hitman franchise:

The creation of IO Interactive™, the Hitman franchise got its start in 2000 with the release of Hitman: Codename 47 for PC. It has become an award-winning, multi-million selling videogame franchise. Agent 47, the games’ iconic central character, is a genetically enhanced clone, engineered into a highly skilled assassin. The franchise has boasted videogames, a major motion picture, books, comics, merchandise collectibles and amassed a voracious global fan base. Agent 47 celebrates his long awaited comeback with HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, now available across North America, Europe and PAL territories for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

About IO Interactive

IO Interactive, a Square Enix Studio, is the creative force behind some of the most talked-about multiplatform videogames to emerge in the last decade. Starting with the praised and ground-breaking Hitman series, IO Interactive has since developed the cult classic “Freedom Fighters”, the controversial “Kane & Lynch” series and the adorable “Mini-Ninjas”. Dedication to creating original IP and unforgettable characters and experiences are the hallmarks of IO Interactive.

About Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 97 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 57 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at www.square-enix.com/na.

Related Links
HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE Official website: www.HitmanSniper.com
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION Official Homepage: www.Hitman.com
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION Official Facebook® page: www.facebook.com/Hitman
Join the HITMAN community: www.barcode-society.com

HITMAN: ABSOLUTION © 2012 Square Enix, Ltd. All rights reserved. HITMAN, HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, AGENT 47, DRAGON QUEST, EIDOS, FINAL FANTASY, IO INTERACTIVE, SPACE INVADERS, SQUARE ENIX, the SQUARE ENIX logo, TAITO and TOMB RAIDER are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Group. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

For a little more Hitman fun, also be sure to check out Square Enix’s Obento 47 Contest. If you have a knack for making Japanese lunch boxes look totally cute and fun, there could be some neat Hitman swag as well as prize money in your near future. See the official webpage for details.

The Hitman HD Trilogy will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on January 29th. It come with all three described games, loaded with trophy and achievement support, as well as an official artbook.

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