In the middle of its E3 showcase, Square Enix released a trailer for its new mobile title Hitman Sniper: The Shadows. Originally teased under the working title Hitman Sniper Assassins, this game is slated to appear as a free-to-play title on Android and iOS later in 2021.
The game is the sequel to the Hitman Sniper Mobile title released in 2015. In this game, you (as Agent 47) were tasked with sniping a target from a safe position and using your powers of observation to make sure you did it quickly and discreetly as possible. There is no gameplay in the trailer, but we can assume that it will be similar to the previous title.
The trailer shows a sniper firing a shot from an incredible distance, and is eventually joined by four other snipers, all of them armed with guns. While Diana is making an appearance (well, vocal appearance), Agent 47 is nowhere to be seen. Instead, the snipers in this game are members of the title shadow, an elite group of assassins.
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The summary of the story on the Hitman Sniper website reads: “Agent 47’s whereabouts are unknown. A new threat to global stability has emerged. This criminal network is responsible for a number of violent attacks and crimes around the world. Diana Burnwood activates Initiative 426, aka The Shadows, a team of highly skilled assassins. It is now up to Soji, Kiya, Kolzak, Knight and Stone to eliminate this threat. “
The website also describes each of the snipers and their particular skills. Some of these make sense: Kolzak has “liquid nitrogen laps,” which I suspect is an ice shot. Some are a little less clear: Knight’s ability is “Planned Hit”. Aren’t these all planned hits?