Danish developer IO Interactive has announced the Hitman HD Enhanced Collection, which features enhanced versions of Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution, with a slew of upgrades in tow.
Announced via the developer’s Twitter feed, the enhanced versions of both games are set for release on January 11, 2019. IO promises that both games will now run at 4K and at 60 frames per second. Presumably, this feature is only available on PC, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Xbox One X, though this is currently unconfirmed. Both Blood Money and Absolution are also set to feature improved lighting effects and updated controls.
Fans of the series will be pleased to hear of the treatment given to Blood Money in particular, a well-received, if somewhat overlooked entry in the venerable stealth franchise. 2016’s excellent Hitman has likely brought new fans to the franchise, and updating Blood Money is an excellent way to give them an opportunity to sample what many consider the best entry in the series. Though Absolution wasn’t met with the same level of critical and fan acclaim as Blood Money, it offers a unique, more action-oriented and perhaps less punishing take on the series’ core gameplay.
The announcement of Hitman HD Enhanced Collection follows a strong run of form for IO, who released the aforementioned, episodic Hitman in 2016 and followed that up with the content-rich Hitman 2 last year.
Acquired by Eidos in 2004, IO regained its independence in 2017, taking the Hitman license with it. The developer has traveled a long road, but these events mean that fans will finally get to play an enhanced version of Blood Money, widely regarded as the best game in the series, on current consoles and modern PC’s.