Survey teases potential Hitman: Absolution box art

There are two possibilities raised by this artwork from a recent marketing survey. The first is that you're looking at several images, one of which will soon be the cover art for the new game in the Hitman series, recently confirmed as Hitman: Absolution. The second is that a completely different Hitman title is on the way, in which the angsty slaphead self-consciously interrogates the futility of his killing-and-Catholicism hijinks under the banner Hitman: Subtitle. Which is just a wonderful idea.

While we're as amped for Absolution as anyone else – what other game is likely to offer the series' signiture combo of stealth, imaginative violence and menacing baldness, after all? – it's hard to envy the participants of this survey. How do you answer a question like, “if you were to play a third-person shooter about Billy Corgan, would you prefer he used a silencer?”

Which of these Hitman: Subtitle images do you prefer? Our money's probably on “two guns, rippling tie” there. Really nails that “rat in a cage” vibe.

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  • TehWise - May 20, 2011 2:57 a.m.

    So where is the snake?
  • XoDuS - May 19, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    the barcode is an iconic trademark for Hitman series, gotta have that in the box art. So I'll go with number 2. Can't wait for this, haven't played hitman in ages.
  • Gameguy94 - May 17, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    I too prefer the second image, but all three are very well done and awwesome.
  • ChickenFillet5140 - May 17, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    It's just gotta be the black one. Can not wait for this.
  • insertdisk - May 17, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    I like how in the first image Hitman is blending into the negative space in what is essentiall... okay ill stop that bullshit. Seriously the red background doesn't do it for me. It would be better though if he wasn't so run down in the first image, since that suit is iconic and representative of the clean merciless(ness)? killing for money.
  • Cat_Mundy - May 17, 2011 8:21 p.m.

    First image is best in my opinion. The red background doesn't work for me, but the mood set in that first art is spot-on.
  • jackthemenace - May 17, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    @phate- I was about to point that out, his face is covered in nicks and cuts. I personally prefer the third, centre one, But with a black background- the first looks TOO much like Blood Money, but the second and third ones red backgrounds put me off. And yes, Hitman: Subtitle woud officially be THE most badass game EVAR.
  • phate - May 17, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    Picture one looks like 47's just finished a job. Blood on his cuff, torn blazer at the shoulder and his cheek looks bashed as well.
  • RicePuddingUK - May 17, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    I prefer the second image, the first looks too similar to Contracts and Blood Money, The 3rd is good but has less character than the 2nd, The 2nd has shadow, the barcode and dual silenced silverballers.
  • krejsy - May 17, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    @AwesomeMan: I kinda think you're right, but what if the developers get it just right, they keep the freedom and really well done stealth, and add some Jason Bourne-ish moments, just sayin'. Also it would be awesome if someone did a game with the subtitle: "subtitle" =)
  • DannyMB - May 17, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Gotta love baldie(or is that baldy?). As long ast they dont add splinter cell convictions "mark and execute" to this game im sure it'll be a cracker.
  • AwesomeMan - May 17, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Can't wait for this game!!! Since Splinter Cell decided to break its awesome roots and go "Jason Bourne", I pray that Hitman will keep the same great "freedom of choice" based gameplay as the old ones. Agent 47 we've missed you!!!! (and first?)

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