Del Rey-published novel to bridge the events between Hitman: Blood Money and this year's Hitman: Absolution.
Writer Raymond Benson, author of some of the recent James Bond novels, has penned a prequel novel to IO Interaction/Square Enix's Hitman: Absolution. The book is coming sometime over the summer and based on the pretty boilerplate description in the press release, Agent 47 might be getting in over his bald head again with an assignment, and the only way out is by shooting his way through the slightly more bad guys.
Here's the synopsis from Del Rey:
Taking place between games Hitman: Blood Money and the upcoming Hitman: Absolution, HITMAN: DAMNATION follows legendary assassin Agent 47 as he attempts to complete his toughest assignment yet. 47 is charged with assassinating high-level American political figures, but he notices that some aspects of the mission don’t add up as he is plunged into a web of lies, deceit, and murder.
Benson (sometimes writing under the name David Michaels) is no stranger to the video game tie-in novel, having written a couple of New York Times bestselling Splinter Cell books as well as collaborating with John Milius on Homefront: The Voice of Freedom.
I do wonder if we can make any guesses about Hitman: Absolution's still unannounced release date based on the Summer release window for Damnation. If I had to guess, I'd say it was hovering somewhere around a Fall release, but that's really all I have—a guess.
Hitman: Damnation is due Summer 2012 while Hitman: Absolution will hit the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 later this year.