Hitman: Absolution is undergoing a few creative changes
A few months back, the folks over IO Interactive caused quite a stir with a trailer for the upcoming Hitman: Absolution and not quite in the way they were expecting. That is to say that it was in a bad way.
Ah yes, the infamous “Attack the Saints” trailer. I remember it well. Then again, seeing a bald headed man in a suit engage in an incredibly violent blood-bath against a group of scantily clad nuns in latex catsuits is certainly bound to leave an impression.
For a lot of veiwers, that impression was of course a negative one, as most gamers didn’t quite take too kindly to seeing 47 systematically slay this group of sexualised assassins and were needless to say offended.
IO has since apologized and director Tore Blystad has admitted at Gamescom that the development team is currently adding some creative tweaks to the game in order to provide some context to the to prove that they are formidable antagonists with relevance to the plot, rather than just eye candy.
"We're working within the game - within that level - to build these characters up before you meet them. That way you know what you're getting and you aren't put off by them."
He also admitted the team now regrets the trailer and would have approached things differently if they could go back and do it all again.
"We've been trying to find out, y'know, how could we not see this happening? If we knew it would get such a negative reaction we would have done it in a different way."
Blystad concluded by saying fans should be satisfied with the end result.
He didn’t go into any details about what these changes will be but I’m going to wager a guess and say they’ll be mostly script changes to further integrate the nuns into the plotline and maybe explain why they’ve dawned the latex. Although, IO already did that with this trailer and I think it kinda defeated its own purpose.
I’m not quite sure the developers fully grasped why so many people complained about this whole thing. Maybe they should’ve just let people forget about it rather than trying to fix it, as this effort might not be helping their case very much.
Oh well, maybe the critics are wrong and these characters truly are well developed and necessary for the plot. We’ll just have to wait until the game launches in November to find out.
When the trailer came i too scratched my head. But when the "Hitman Absolution ICA File: The Saints Trailer" (or as screwattack put it; "The History Behind the Sexy Latex Nuns With Guns") came giving the saints some backstory and explaining how they were the best of the best in mop-up operations it made agent 47 seem really badass. It was awesome!
I was ok with the trailer and actually thought it was cool. I mean its just a video game. Gotta love the fact that no one actually complains about all the actual killing that will be done in this game. People are such hypocrites but oh well, what can you do about it?
the trailer was just fine, the only reason there was a backlash is mostly because it came out when "misogyny" was put in a spotlight in the gaming journalist outlets, unfortunately, these same outlets would just report instead of actually investigating the subject, instead of actually trying to inform their viewers of what was actually happening, you know, Trying to be Journalists...
I had no problem with the trailer at all...
Guns blazing ? have you not seen the streets of hope trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaXeuPSj89Y?
This is a bad, subjective article. The trailer was good, i liked it and was not offended in any way. Their outfits could have been white and they would have been nurses or two colored and they would have been tennis players. It's just a cool trailer nothing more, sometimes a bucket is just a bucket. I have played all previous Hitman games and I still look forward to the game enormously, this subjective article and the controversy of the trailer just reaffirms that it's worth waiting for. Bring on the killer nuns/nurses/tennisplayers.
And changing the voice of 47 for no reason, AND Diana to a less capable actress. Probably 47s too but they conveniently havnt shown any of him talking. Its cool at least we still have splinter ce-KASHPOOOOON AIRSTRIEK GO GO BADLY VOICED SAM GO "play by your own rules" LIKE THE LOOSE CANNON YOU HAVE BEEN SINSE THE FIRST GAME... Wait, what.
Sigh... Theif 4 and Deus Ex 4 please dont be cash ins.
Yeah, exactly what I was thinking. (in regards to the first paragraph) Personally they either shoulda just not said anything and added stuff or just go quiet about it and leave it the same. Cause, I mean, come on, this isn't the first time we've seen a game have characters like these plenty of times. Hell, Bayonetta is based around one (kinda). Suda51 or like any Japanese developer, (Square enix i'm looking at you.) has plenty of this kinda eye candy stuff.
You did just fucking fine, everyone else just decided to piss shit for no good reason.
By "tweaking" they mean "adding." I'm willing to bet that there really wasn't all that much context to the nuns in the first place, and they were just eye candy, but now they're just trying to make it less obvious.
And no matter how decent the context is (let's be honest, it won't be much better than decent at best), it's still a fucking stupid idea. I've never played a Hitman game before but I've seen others play it, and even I can tell this is a massive departure. Which isn't always bad, but this....... this gives me a bad feeling.
I'm not existed about this game. It's too flashy and not really a game based around stealth. It is trying to be guns blazing and cinematic. It just didn't feel like a Hitman game. That's the problem I have with this so far.
compared to the other games absolution ITSELF is weak. They've compromised, pandered, & butchered the fuck out of the series to the point where it's hardly recognizable as a hitman game in order to make it "more accessible"
Weak IO, very weak.