Embargoed until 4th November 2004
Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces the return of the world's deadliest assassin in Hitman: Blood MoneyTM. Developed by Io Interactive, Hitman Blood Money will be released worldwide in spring 2005 on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.
When assassins from Agent 47's contract agency, The ICA, are systematically eliminated in a series of hits, it seems a larger, more powerful agency has entered the fray. For Agent 47 it's business as usual, until suddenly he loses contact with The ICA. Sensing that he may be the next target, he travels to America, where he prepares to make a killing.
Agent 47 is back and this time he's paid in cold, hard cash. How the money is spent will affect his passage through the game and the weapons at his disposal, resulting in a unique gameplay experience for each player. Powered by a new version of Io's stunning Glacier engine, Hitman: Blood Money will deliver the most brutal and realistic simulation of life as the world's deadliest assassin.
Mike McGarvey, ceo of Eidos says:
"The Hitman series is one of Eidos' biggest franchises and goes from strength to strength with every new instalment. Io-Interactive is one of the world's most accomplished developers, and yet again has raised the stakes in terms of graphics and gameplay with Hitman: Blood Money."
Janos Flösser, managing director of Io-Interactive says:
"Considerable time and effort has been spent developing a new version of the Glacier engine that enables us to implement many new and exciting features. The quality of the graphics and A.I. surpasses even our own expectations and this combined with a gripping narrative and the introduction of some really inventive characters makes us confident that Blood Money will be the greatest Hitman title to date."
For further information, please contact:
Mark Allen (PR Manager) or Roxana Daneshmand (PR Assistant) at:
Eidos, Wimbledon Bridge House, 1 Hartfield Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 3RU
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8636 3000; Fax: +44 (0) 020 8636 3001
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Eidos plc is one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software with a diverse mix of titles for the PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCubeTM and the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft. For more information on Eidos and its products visit www.eidos.com
Io-Interactive was established in September 1998 as a joint venture between Nordisk Film & TV A/S and the game developer Reto-Moto. Based in Copenhagen, Io-Interactive develops advanced 3D computer games for the global market. Using proprietary technologies, Io products are represented on all major platforms. The first title Hitman: Codename 47, a third-person 3D action game, was released in November 2000. With the sequel, Hitman: Silent Assassin was October 2002. The Hitman franchise is now well established as one of the industry's biggest original IPs.