GO Trilogy Stories | Episode One. Hitman GO
Today, multi award-winning studio Square Enix Montreal released the first of three special celebratory pieces for all fans of the GO series. In this first episode of three, we revisit Square Enix Montreal’s original GO game, Hitman GO, through the eyes of IO Interactive, the studio behind the HITMAN series. Follow the team’s journey as we take you through the stories of Lara Croft GO and Deus Ex GO next, commemorating the legacy and lasting impact of the GO Trilogy as well as teasing what’s to come from the studio.
The three games are now bundled on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GOTrilogy
A CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED
TURN-BASED STRATEGY GAME
SET IN THE HITMAN UNIVERSE
Hitman Go is a turn-based puzzle video game developed by Square Enix Montreal and published by Square Enix. Announced in February 2014, the game was released for iOS in April 2014 and for Android in June 2014. Windows and Windows Phone versions were released the following year in April 2015. In February 2016, a “Definitive Edition” version was released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and on Linux and Windows via Steam. It is the first game developed by Square Enix Montreal, a studio founded in 2011. Development entered full production in 2013 and was completed by eleven people using the Unity game engine.
The player uses touchscreen controls to guide Agent 47, protagonist of the Hitman franchise, through a series of grid-based levels. Levels are composed of nodes and lines, and presented like a board game with characters modelled as miniature figures. Enemy characters can be dispatched by moving onto the node they occupy during a turn, similar to chess. As the player advances through levels, new enemy types and mechanics are introduced to increase the complexity of puzzle solutions.
Following its announcement, Hitman Go was met with some scepticism from critics. However, upon release the game received a positive reception with praise directed towards the game’s art, aesthetics, simple gameplay mechanics, and translation of Hitman to a mobile device. The game also received several nominations and awards from gaming publications and award organisations. A successor set within the Tomb Raider franchise, titled Lara Croft Go, was released in August 2015.