The Hitman series is seeing a much-needed revival with IO Interactive releasing two critically-acclaimed titles in the last few years. That said they aren't forgetting where they came from. On January 11th they will be releasing the Hitman HD Enhanced Collection, which bundles Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution together in one package. The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection makes both games playable at 4K and at 60 fps, among "many other improvements that bring these two classic titles into 2019" that IO is still being a little vague on. The collection will run yo $59.99, which I feel is a touch steep, and will be available on PS4 and Xbox One but sadly not on PC.
I have mixed feelings about this. Blood Money is a fan favorite and probably the high water mark of the series, but Absolution's detour into linearity made a lot of longtime players pretty unhappy and the game was largely seen as a misstep when it launched back in 2012. It's also annoying that this collection is $60, digital only and only on consoles. Longtime fans could just buy the old versions on Steam and mod the daylights out of them, but I think a Steam or GOG release for the HD Collection would have made a lot of sense.
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND IO INTERACTIVE ANNOUNCE
Hitman™ HD Enhanced Collection
Hitman™: Blood Money and Hitman™: Absolution Remastered in 4K for the First Time
Burbank, Calif. – Jan. 4, 2019 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive today announced Hitman™ HD Enhanced Collection, a compilation of two classic Hitman titles remastered in 4K resolution: Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution.
Both games can be played in 4K resolution and 60 fps, including many other improvements that bring these two classic titles into 2019 with the attention and love that they deserve. Hitman HD Enhanced Collection will be available digitally Jan. 11, 2019, for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X.
“We’re very happy with this collection and how we were able to update and remaster two of our classic Hitman titles for modern consoles,” said Hakan Abrak, CEO, IO Interactive. “Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution have helped us on our journey to where we are today, and we’re looking forward to players enjoying them in 4K and 60 fps.”
Hitman HD Enhanced Collection will feature 4K visuals at 60 frames per second (fps), along with increased texture resolution, upgraded texture formats, super-sampling, upscale support, heightened shadow map and mirror resolutions, improved lighting and updated controls for a more fluid experience.
Relive some of Agent 47’s most iconic hits in Hitman: Blood Money and experience a globe-trotting adventure from the vineyards of Chile, to the Paris Opera House and even the White House itself in a face-off against a group of assassins known as “The Franchise.”
Rediscover the cinematic story of Hitman: Absolution and experience the deep and personal story of Agent 47 as he pursues redemption across 20 intense missions. Enjoy a distinctive art style that combines with rich dialogue and performances by an impressive Hollywood cast to create a unique gameplay experience.
Hitman HD Enhanced Collection will be available digitally only with a MSRP of $59.99. To learn more, please visit www.hitman.com or join the Hitman conversation on Twitter (@Hitman), Facebook (@Hitman), Instagram (@Hitman), YouTube (Hitman), Twitch (Hitman), Discord (Hitman), Reddit (Hitman) or the Hitman Forum.