Here's the dissertation I posted in the other thread:
Okay, I'm gonna give some tough love right now.
Absolution had some great improvements over the rest of the series, was very well made, but it's still probably the worst game in the series because there was terrible, nonsensical decision-making at each step of the creative process.
Absolution showed us that the people who made it had no idea what makes Hitman work. It was so bad on a basic conceptual level that I didn't think the same personnel would be capable of making a good Hitman game no matter how many lessons they thought they learned from Absolution's reception.
Clearly, IO has learned from its mistakes to an extent. I'm excited because everything in these trailers looks very good.
Except the face. True, the face isn't a deal breaker in itself. Maybe not even a big deal. But it's a canary in the coal mine. It's so unnecessarily bad, it tells me that the same minds behind Absolution are working on this game.
It's a move in the same spirit as the firing of David Bateson— this irrational urge to fix things that aren't broken; to make the character more generic in a misguided attempt to attract a generic audience. It tells me that the developers again are only guessing about what's important in a Hitman game.
The gameplay of Absolution was the most accessible gameplay yet. And while I didn't like it, I could at least understand why IOI had gone in that direction. But 47's new face seemingly has no motivation, except apparently IOI thinks the old face was detracting from the game... which means they're very confused about something.
And honestly, we don't have any reason to put much more faith in this game. Would anything in these trailers be exceptionally exciting if Absolution hadn't missed the mark so badly? Basically we're just excited for a supposed return to the classic formula. That's a pretty low bar to clear.
I hate to be a pessimist but that's my skeptical take, for now.