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Square Enix Montréal, the award-winning studio behind Hitman Sniper, and the GO series, today released its newest mobile title, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows. The mobile sniper game is an action, role-playing game set in a wholly original Hitman story. As a member of The Shadows, players must embark on globe-trotting assignments, take down targets with stealth, engage in fierce competition, and build their reputation as the International Contract Agency (ICA) agents.
Hitman Sniper: The Shadows focuses on events following the disappearance of Agent 47 and follows the story of a group of assassins called The Shadows within the hidden world of assassination where a new criminal network threatens global stability.
“From the onset, our ambition was to deliver a high production value Hitman Sniper experience on mobile in terms of quality graphics, and gameplay,” said Simon Doongoor, Senior Producer for Hitman Sniper: The Shadows at Square Enix Montréal. “We wanted this game to be the start of something new rather than a sequel. This vision freed us to move in a different direction, such as introducing The Shadows, and allowed us to create a deeper game experience for players.”
Unique Playable Characters
At launch, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows features six sniper assassins, each with their own backstories, play styles, personalities, and abilities. This diversity provides players with more freedom and flexibility in how they approach the game and each contract.
Each assassin is early enough in their careers to allow for a lot of room to grow, giving players the chance to evolve into ICA agents.
The game features new locations, each with different vantage points and times of day, giving players more choices and opportunities to eliminate targets. Each location has unique targets and becomes an exploratory environment, a distinct storytelling space with distinct challenges.
“We’re all fans of the franchise, so we wanted to ensure that the hidden world of assassination translated into an experience that fulfills both the fantasy and provides a great player experience, said Audran Guerad, Lead Artist for Hitman Sniper: The Shadows at Square Enix Montréal. “The cinematographic art direction and the high level of details of our maps offer players the most immersive experience possible. We want to be a reference in the sniper market for visually compelling games.”
Players are encouraged to manipulate enemies and leverage the environment around them for the perfect shot and are rewarded for their creative skills.
- Players can play in campaign mode to learn about and eliminate targets while mastering their skills.
- The game also features a PvP mode where players compete against other players to build their reputation. Precision and creativity are key to winning contracts in this mode.
“We wanted to give players the familiar adrenaline rush they’d experience watching a big-screen spy or action movie where multiple assassins are competing for the same contract,” stated Simon Doongoor.
For Players, by Players, and With Players
Fans are invited to contribute to the game’s evolution through a direct line to the dev team and other Hitman Sniper players on Discord, making Hitman Sniper: The Shadows a game that welcomes feedback and that is created for players, by players, and most importantly, with players.
“We have been working closely with the community since the start of the project,” concluded Simon Doongoor. “Their feedback has been instrumental in the making of Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and we can’t wait to see where they will take It next.”
- Launch March 3, 2022
- Available on iOS and Android
- Not available in China, South Korea, Japan, Belgium, and The Netherlands.
- Category: action/sniper
- Rated: 17+
About Square Enix Montréal
Founded in 2011, Square Enix Montréal is a multi-award-winning mobile game studio that develops games based on existing franchises and new intellectual properties. Square Enix Montréal is dedicated to the creation of innovative and carefully crafted games that become international benchmarks such as the critically acclaimed titles Hitman Sniper, Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO, and Deus Ex GO. In 2021, Square Enix Montréal announced that it was in development on a newly imagined mobile experience based on Taito’s Space Invaders. In 2022, the studio released Hitman Sniper: The Shadows. To date, the studio’s games have been downloaded over 45 million times in 175 countries.
About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes, and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS, and TAITO branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 161 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST, which has sold over 83 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER, which has sold over 84 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.Sponsor this Article!