Gamescom 2012: Level in Hitman Absolution Changed After Controversy
Back in June, Tore Blystad, the director of the forthcoming Hitman: Absolution, talked about the controversy that erupted on the internet (where else?) after a trailer for the game hit gamers’ eyes. The problem, you see, was the fact that Agent 47 goes ahead and just slaughters the heck out of a bunch of scantily clad nun-assassins. The violence and perceived misogyny on display in the trailer got people talking—and had Blystad and his team thinking that maybe they should make some changes.
Eurogamer caught up with Blystad at Gamescom, where the director explained that a level in the game has been altered as a result of the outcry:
“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. […]
We were surprised by the reaction to it. 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.”
Whether you think the change was justified or not, I think it’s always a positive thing when someone takes criticism into consideration and actually responds to it in a respectful way. I appreciate that Blystad seems to have taken the backlash in a way that, hopefully, has improved the game. Your thoughts?