Last week, a new Hitman was announced, Rockstar dealt a blow to GTA Online cheaters, Titanfall's world got a bit smaller and Namco Bandai further teased Dark Souls 2.
Hitman 6 Announced for PS4 and Xbox One
IO Interactive announced plans to release a new Hitman installment for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game will center on Agent 47 at the height of his career trotting around the globe completing various missions. He will once again work with the International Contract Agency (ICA) and handler Diana Burnwood.
The game will draw inspiration from the latest release, Absolution, in addition to 2004's Contracts and 2006's Blood Money.
"We're packing in an extreme level of detail on the largest levels we have ever built for a Hitman game. We've adopted an open, non-linear level design approach to the game, ensuring the game will play out across huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels," wrote the developer in a statement.
Rockstar Cracking Down on Cheaters
Rockstar used its recent maintenance downtime to target cheaters and various exploits on GTA Online, and announced plans to routinely do so in the future. All counterfeit cash was removed from user accounts and penalties were levied against cheaters.
"Anyone who innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action—the funds will just be removed, and you'll be able to keep any items you currently own," reads a statement from the publisher. "Those who actively engaged in cheating and exploiting the game in this manner will, however, be subject to in-game penalties at our discretion. This may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether."
Titanfall Alpha Testing Open for Xbox One
Respawn has opened Titanfall for alpha testing ahead of its March 11 launch on Xbox One. A very small number of players were invited to participate in the "limited technical test."
In other news, Respawn responded to outcry over its 6v6 player limit. While aware that it's impossible to please everyone, producer Drew McCoy questioned the attitude behind "more is better" in a post on NeoGAF. "We tried a huge amount of player counts (all the way down to 1v1 and up quite high) and designed the maps, gameplay mechanics and entire experience around which played best. If anyone wants to chase the numbers game, perhaps we're not the experience they're after? I dunno," wrote McCoy.
Is Dark Souls II Coming to PS4 & Xbox One?
A new trailer (see below) for Dark Souls II debuted last week. In the short clip, fans are introduced to new characters such as cursed knight Lucatiel, an apostle called Blue Knight, a down-on-his-luck merchant named Maughlin the Armourer, and a cursed undead blacksmith known as Lenigrast. Gamers will explore the fallen kingdom Drangleic in Dark Souls II and either work to extend the Age of Fire or welcome the Age of Dark. Either way, players should prepare for terrifying monsters and death after death.
During a recent interview with Edge Online, the game's co-director, Yui Tanimura, admitted they have not yet explored options to bring the game to current generation consoles. "We have not put any thought into this yet, so I unfortunately can't answer at this point," he said.
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