Eidos' Hitman: Blood Money has sneaked in this afternoon, an official announcement of the latest instalment in the assassin series from the publisher accompanied by first info on Agent 47's new escapade.
Events in Blood Money kick off when members of Agent 47's contract agency, the ICA, are systematically eliminated in a series of hits. A larger, more powerful agency appears to have moved in on ICA's turf, Agent 47 loses contact with ICA and sensing his bald bonce may be about to come under the crosshairs of a sniper scope flies to America, "where he prepares to make a killing".
Presumably we're not talking about shrewd investment in the US property business here.
Eidos says of Blood Money that "Agent 47 is back and this time he's paid in cold, hard cash." Spending that cash will dictate players' progress through the game (and weapons you can get your hands on), a feature that apparently results in "a unique gameplay experience for each player."
"Hitman: Blood Money will deliver the most brutal and realistic simulation of life as the world's deadliest assassin," comments the publisher, part which is down to the new version of the Glacier engine that developer IO Interactive is using to power the action.
In development for PC, PS2 and Xbox, Hitman: Blood Money is pencilled in for a Spring 2005 release.