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  • Blog Post: Reminder: Last Day For Hitman: Absolution From Games With Gold

    If you’ve been dragging your heels on the first Games with Gold title this month, put that on your “to do” list for today. If you hesitate, you’ll lose your free copy of Hitman: Absolution. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to get Tequila Works’ Deadlight. For more... More
  • Blog Post: April’s Games With Gold Features Two From 2012

    As we bid a tearful Games with Gold goodbye to Dungeon Defenders on this last day of March, Microsoft has announced the two titles that will be stepping up in April. The good news is that both are more recent releases than we’ve seen in past months. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to download... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Holiday Sale Day 9: Hitmen, Hobbits, And Hairdos

    After suffering some downtime earlier this week due to a game giveaway, Steam is trucking right along with the sales. Today offers a mix of recent AAA titles and indie gems. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag - $44.99 (Regularly $59.99) Call of Duty: Black Ops II - $29.99 (Regularly $59.99) Don’t... More
  • Blog Post: Square Enix Reiterates Commercial Failure Of Top Titles

    In its recently issued 2013 annual report, Square Enix has shone the spotlight on the home console market as a primary reason for its financial failure. The report calls out Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, and Hitman: Absolution as both game development successes, but commercial failures . The report states... More
  • Blog Post: Major Layoffs At Hitman Studio IO Interactive

    Update: Square Enix has provided a statement on the IO Interactive layoffs to Game Informer. We are making significant changes at IO Interactive as we align our business against a changing and challenging market. Hannes Seifert, formerly Production Director for 3 years at the studio, will take over the... More
  • Blog Post: Square Enix Posts Six Billion Yen Operating Loss, Blames North America and Europe

    Square Enix has had a difficult fiscal year, as evidenced by its fiscal year 2013 financial reports. We expected that the financial statements would be covered in red ink, but things are a bit worse than anticipated. For the year ending March 31, 2013, Square Enix posted an operating loss of 6.081 billion... More
  • Blog Post: [Updated] Layoffs Hitting Square Enix In Europe

    [Update] Square Enix has provided us with the following statement regarding the layoffs. “We are reviewing our [Square-Enix] business in Europe to ensure we have the right structure, content and skills for the changing entertainment landscape. We do expect changes to the UK office, which will affect... More
  • Blog Post: New Square Enix President To Review Entire Company

    Earlier this week, we reported on Square Enix's corporate restructuring, which led to layoffs in the publisher's Los Angeles office . This news came shortly after company president Yoichi Wada stepped down in the wake of significant financial losses (to the tune of 13 billion yen). Wada, who... More
  • Blog Post: [Updated] Corporate Restructuring Leads To Layoffs At Square Enix Los Angeles

    [Update] Joystiq has received word from sources at Square Enix that requested anonymity regarding the depth of job cuts. According to the report, layoffs affect marketing, public relations, accounting, IT, events, and more. President and CEO of Square Enix's US operations Mike Fischer will also be... More
  • Blog Post: Tough Times, Low Sales Numbers Force Square Enix's Wada To Resign

    Square Enix president and CEO Yoichi Wada has stepped down in the wake of a disappointing fiscal year forecast, lower-than expected sales of some of its big hits, and a changing industry environment. A major restructuring is now underway. Wada's departure still has to be ratified via a shareholder's... More
  • Blog Post: Hitman: Absolution Now Online Pass-Free

    Square Enix has changed its mind about Hitman: Absolution's planned online pass, and the company is now offering Contracts mode to everyone. Instead of having to enter in a code to get the mode, it's now playable right in the main menu. This should be a boon for anyone buying the game used. For... More
  • Blog Post: Conan O'Brien Loves Hitman: Absolution

    Conan O'Brien is kind of like my grandparents, in that he has no clue about games. That doesn't mean he shouldn't play them. In fact, I'm usually very entertained when he tries to play a game, much like my grandparents as well. Really, I just feel bad about giving you guys that Tank!... More
  • Blog Post: Hitman: Absolution Agent 47 Actor Revealed

    Longtime fans of the franchise should recognize the actor returning to play Agent 47. David Bateson has voiced Agent 47 since 2000 when he played the titular character in the original Hitman: Codename 47, and Square Enix confirmed today that the actor is returning for the upcoming Absolution. Previous... More
  • Blog Post: Hitman: Absolution Contracts Mode Announced

    The developers at IO Interactive are including a brand new challenge mode in Agent 47's newest adventure. In Contract mode, players will be able to create custom challenges for other Hitman players to try and complete. Unlike similar features in other games, this mode will not require the player... More
  • Blog Post: Week in Review: 7/6/12

    Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. But if you do, you can always read this Week in Review column and catch up on all the big video game news you slept on. Sony Surprises Sony dominated the industry news this week. The most notable announcement... More
  • Blog Post: Hitman Director Bummed By Low Game-Completion Rate

    It seems as though the majority of players aren't finishing games, which is something that Hitman: Absolution's director says is sad. The game's director, Tore Blystad, spoke to Official PlayStation Magazine about low game-completion rates. According to Blystad, only about 20 percent of players... More
  • Blog Post: NASCAR/Hitman: Absolution Video Is A Sticker-Lover's Dream

    Square Enix is sponsoring the GameStop NASCAR car this weekend, and they've emblazoned it with Hitman: Absolution logos and whatnot. They've also released a time-lapse video of how they did it, which is a nice alternative to watching paint dry. Good ol' number 20 is driven by Joey Lagano... More
  • Blog Post: Hitman: Absolution Release Date Announced

    Square Enix confirmed this morning the release date for Hitman: Absolution. The game is coming this fall. Hitman: Absolution launches on November 20 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Those who pre-order it at GameStop or on Steam receive the Hitman: Sniper Challege game for free , which is available... More
  • Blog Post: Hitman: Sniper Challenge Announced

    Square Enix is releasing a standalone Hitman game on PC, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network called Hitman: Sniper Challenge that's only available if you pre-order the upcoming game. The game is free for GameStop customers who pre-order Hitman: Absolution and is available May 15. The PC version... More
  • Blog Post: Hitman: Absolution Gets Pre-order Suits

    Square Enix announced Hitman: Absolution is getting retailer pre-order suits for Agent 47. The publisher already announced retailer pre-order guns and a collector's edition, so now you also get some fancy new suits. Amazon High Tech Suit and Bartoli Custom Pistol – The advanced High Tech suit... More
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