Hitman 2 is the direct sequel to IO Interactive's 2016 release Hitman. Hitman has a long history of games starting in 2000 and Hitman 2 will be the 7th console release for IO Interactive. Hitman 2016 was published by Square Enix but after a management buyout in 2017, IO Interactive became an independent developer. Hitman 2 will be published by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment.
Hitman 2 is sandbox third person stealth game, where players take on the role as Agent 47, the ultimate assassin and take on individual sandbox assassination missions. How the target is taken out up to the player and a variety of methods are available, each with its own repercussions. Players have historically always aimed for the Silent Assassin achievement, which means that Agent 47 wasn't seen and none of the hits were seen or bodies found and only the targets are taken out.
During gameplay. Agent 47 can kill or knock out NPC's and steal their outfits to blend in and use these to move around the maps to kill the targets with a variety of weapons, or use the environment to take them out.
Hitman 2016 features episodic releases, with regular missions released over 2016. IO have confirmed that Hitman 2 will not be episodic.
Pre-purchasing Hitman 2 allows instant access to Hitman Sniper Assassin, a fixed position Hitman mini-game which features the franchises' first co-op play.