It was touch and go for a little while there. Actually, it wasn’t. IO had said that Bateson wouldn’t be returning as Agent 47, so it was officially touched and gone. But now they’re acting like that’s not the case, and saying that David Bateson will return as the eponymous character in their detached killer sandbox game when Hitman: Absolution hits the shelves in about a few months. Sorry, I mean gets uploaded to the giant digital distribution cloud. No one uses shelves anymore.
Bateson has been Hitman in every game since the first, and he even provided his likeness for the character himself, so there was a suitable outcry when it was announced that he wouldn’t be returning. I imagine it’s response to this community frustration that we’re seeing Bateson come back, and I have to say I’m rather pleased. As counterintuitive as it seems, it must be hard to do deadpan to quite the degree that Agent 47 requires, and Bateson has had a lot of practice.
Mo-cap for the character, however, isn’t in Bateson’s bald hands. Instead that will be William Mapother, who was apparently in Lost, but is better known for the much more well known Justified and Human Target. Either way, I’m pretty sure he’s well versed in moving.
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