Maybe this is just to piss us off so we can relate to the new "dynamic, personal" story about 47 being pissed off, going rogue making noise, and chasing/being chased by some people?
Even if it was, it doesn't excuse the fact that IO seems to be systematically removing every cornerstone/pillar that made this particular franchise what it is. We are losing basic foundational pieces of a franchise here. David Bateson is 47, his professional career pretty much revolved around the Hitman series. I can live with Diana Burnwood being replaced by a young and sparkly face. As I mentioned above, Marsha Thomason is definitely easy on the eyes and her accent is sultry, veritable audio erotica. I have made my peace with that change. Doing it because of the "dynamic and personal" storyline would be idiotic. Past games had similar plotlines - why put Bateson on a non-disclosure contract during all these years with the fans pining away for the tiniest shred of information? Was he given a golden handshake
and "godspeed" for services rendered in past episodes? What's the official explanation of this travesty? Nick, shed light on this dubious decision, friend.
Changing something as important, integral and recognizable as the main character, for the sake of "appealing to a wider audience" and courting Hollywood is idiotic. If that IO's goal and future vision for this franchise, I recommend them to think about it again. Hollywood is known to mangle, break and spit out someone/something once it has outlived its usefulness. This is doing irrepairable harm to one of the greatest and most respected somewhat stealth-oriented
franchises on the scene. I'm not sure how much fan goodwill it will take to overcome this blasphemy if it is indeed official.
Edited by Choronzon, 09 June 2011 - 10:51 AM.