Hitman: Absolution – Saints level tweaked over controversy

By Stephany Nunneley
16 August 2012 16:33 GMT

The Hitman: Absolution level with the sexy, PVC-clad nuns has been tweaked after the controversy the trailer depicting the level caused earlier in this summer.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Hitman: Absolution director Tore Blystad said the controversy which erupted over The Saints trailer forced the tweaks to the level the S&M-clad assassin’s are part of the game. Now, players will be given some context to the character before they go about killing the women.

“One way to go about that level is to go in all-guns blazing, but of course, it’s not the smartest way,” said Blystad. “We learned from the trailer that we really needed to give these characters some context and some backstory. We’re working within the game – within that level – to build these characters up before you meet them.

“That way you know what you’re getting and you aren’t put off by them.”

Blystad said the amount of publicity which followed after the trailer took the team by surprise.

“We were surprised by the reaction to it,” he said. “We’ve been trying to find out, y’know, how could we not see this happening? If we knew it would get such a negative reaction we would have done it in a different way.

“The game is inspired by Grindhouse-style movies, so for us the trailer was natural way to deal with that subject matter. We hope when people play it they have fun with it. The Saints fit into that somewhere, but it is a more extreme level in the game than others.”

Hitman: Absolution launches on November 20 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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