Square Enix Turned Hitman Into A Turn-Based Strategy Game

By Ishaan . February 13, 2014 . 10:20am

Square Enix Montreal are working on a Hitman game for smartphones and tablets, titled Hitman GO. This is a turn-based strategy game that will have you navigating a diorama piece of Agent 47 around a grid to avoid enemies and take out your target or infiltrate certain locations.


“You really have to think about each move and all the Hitman tools of the trade you would expect are included; disguises, distractions, sniper rifles and even 47’s iconic Silverballers,” Square Enix Montreal say, in describing the game.


Hitman GO is “almost ready for launch” and will be released in the weeks to come.


Meanwhile, IO Interactive are working on the next Hitman game, which is in development for PCs and next-generation consoles. You can read more about that here.

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  • SirRichard

    I don’t.

    I just don’t know any more.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I wasn’t aware what are basically reskinned wargames even had an audience in the mobile space. Regardless of the IP being used.

      • SirRichard

        I don’t know if they’re even caring about audiences any more, the supreme directive dictates that “Everything must be brought to iOS and Android” so they just throw darts at a board and roll with whatever gets stabbed.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          And here I was about to mention dirty underwear and a wall in my response to you. If minds like ours think they are crazy — there is no hope left.

    • Altin

      As expected from country grown Square Enix!

    • Zer0faith

      Same here I stopped after reading the words Square Enix and smartphones/tablets thinking, “Oh great here they go again.”

  • ronin4life

    If it looked like that in-game, but… you know, BIGGER in later levels? THAT would be pretty cool.

    As long as IAP weren’t shoved through the players nose…

  • subsamuel01

    As soon as I saw the thumbnail for this I knew it was an iOS game.

  • Jungo

    My initial reaction was confusion, followed by confusion, followed by… yet more confusion. The heck?
    Like, I’m going to buy this because it’s the perfect mobile Hitman adaptation, but who thought of this and why?

  • Oversoul

    this looks pretty neat, actually

  • lordsofskulls

    >.> kinda not interested…

  • Shippoyasha

    At least it’s nice they intend to do something different with the diorama thing instead of doing similar things to everyone else in mobile.

    Hopefully they are right about the actual game sequel not being shelved for these iterations.

    And maybe they can have some good graphics too. It’s silly how many mobile games intend to be low end on the visual scale when phones and tablets are so powerful nowadays.

    • Gojira Twit

      It’s basically the PC issue. There are literally thousands of phones out there and if you make a game on the platform, you have to support the low end. So a lot of developers can’t afford to limit their users to just people with the latest, most expensive devices.

      • Shippoyasha

        Yep. Could be. Though iOS sets a generational standard and most androids the past few years are beastly in performance. A few years down, they will have home console fidelity.

  • Guest

    OK, It might be a good game, but why not a new franchise instead? Or named it specifically as a spin-off like they did with “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” to avoid the chagrin from core fans, being in a specialized gaming device could help too :P

  • evilmajikman

    Who’s the target audience for this?…. I don’t recall anybody that’s a fan of Hitman saying “I want a mobile strategy game using the Hitman license that plays nothing like Hitman.” I’m sure all 5 people that are going to buy this game were totally worth shelling out the cash to have this developed and published.

    • Gojira Twit

      Yeah, reminds me of what they did with Final Fantasy Tactics, what a fucking bomb that was turning FF into a strategy game.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        But in the case of final fantasy you already had ‘wargame’ pieces (i.e. characters) which you used strategically in battle. The difference isn’t that drastic, especially when also considering modern role play games grew out of guys giving their cardboard cutouts on a paper board a little personality.

        • Gojira Twit

          And if you’ve ever played a Hitman game, the reason the series is popular is because you don’t just run in, kill someone and run out. You had to employ a strategy based on the locations, people, patterns, available weapons, etc. The only time it became even remotely like an action game was when you failed to do anything right. So how can a strategy game be dismissed as being “nothing like Hitman?”

  • Ben Sylvia

    Okay that seems kinda interesting, but I honestly thought it was a game with creepypasta monster figures cause it looked like slenderman before I read the title. XD

  • Tincho Kudos

    So, we have Deus Ex : The fall, and now Hitman Go. Hmm maybe next is Flappy Lara Croft? Angry -Sleeping- Dogs? Tomb Run? The posibilities are huge :D

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I don’t know a turned based with hit man sounds awesome

  • Micah Gajewski

    Yup, we called it. When I first played Hitman, my first thought was, “Wow, why isn’t this a turn based strategy game.” I know I’m not the only one who saw this coming.

  • “Meanwhile, IO Interactive are working on the next Hitman game, which is in development for PCs and next-generation consoles.”

    In that case, I’m fine with the strategy game.

  • Curious to see how this will work. Will be nice to see stealth mixed with turn based.

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