Daniel Ben-Noon, a technical artist for IO Interactive has let slip that Hitman 5 will be running on a brand new game engine. Dubbed ‘Glacier 2’ it ‘has the potential to live up to the best.’
Previous IO games have run on the original Glacier engine, the last being Kane & Lynch 2.
Daniel posted the following on hitmanforums.com:
KL2 was the “swan song” of Glacier 1. For all its flaws and hate the title gets I would still call it the pinnacle of what that engine technology founded in ’94 could do. Environment fidelity, imho, way surpassing Army Of Two which was also set in Shanghai.
Without being able to tell you where and how far we will take specific new games, the engine technology that is Glacier 2 easily has potential to rival the best, so while living up to you guys’ expectations is no small task, at least we are making some changes and improvements that can actually take us there.
One person benefiting from more polygons in Glacier 2 will be British actress Marsha Thomason who has tweeted that she has just completed the motion capture for Diana in Hitman: Absolution.
The picture that accompanies the tweet reveals that Marsha had a microphone on her mocap suit, so she could also be voicing the character rather than Vivienne McKee.
Diana has only briefly been seen in previous Hitman games, in Contracts there is a brief shot of a blonde woman with fair skin and during Hitman: Blood Money she is brunette.
With Diana now mo-capped it’s obvious she is going to be on screen and if Marsha is voicing the character then perhaps her appearence has changed as well. Could Absolution be a Hitman reboot?