Hitman Absolution Director Apologizes for Attack of the Saints Trailer

Hitman Absolution game director Tore Blystad has apologized for offending anyone who found the "Attack of the Saints" trailer for Hitman Absolution offensive. The trailer, which featured female assassins dressed as nuns, was seen by many as a sexualization of violence against women.

"We’re sorry that we offended people – that was truly not the intention of the trailer," Blystad told IGN. "Of course we understand, this has been a very big topic for us and we’ve been reading as much as we could of the articles and responses. We were surprised that it turned into such a huge topic. Something similar happened with our Sniper Challenge pre-order bonus… We just wanted to make something cool, it wasn’t the intention to stir up anything."

While he apologized for how the trailer was received, he strongly denied accusations by some that the controversy it created was part of some grand marketing scheme.

"It really came as a big surprise to us how it all went down," he said. "It was never the intention to provoke people with it."

He went on to say that the trailer was taken from a level called "Attack of the Saints" and represents one possible outcome out of many. He also brushed aside the religious imagery in the trailer noting that religious themes have always been a part of the Hitman series. He compared their inclusion in the game to films from Tarantino and Rodriguez.

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    rma2110 says:

    The only thing that bothered me about the add was that it made gamers look immature. Oh, look the women’s clothers are comming off! That is soooooo awesome. Look guns and shooting and more shooting! That dude is such a badass!

    Show a clever disguise or an unexpected assasination. Assains are supposed to be suble, discreet, and steallthy. Sheading your clothes and pulling out assult rifles is far from subtle. I would me more interested in seeing 47 rig a perfect trap to kill his target. Killing an actor on stage in front of an entire audience and making it look like an accident, now that would get my attention.

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    Samster says:

    That the women are trying to blow up and/or throttle, beat up, shoot and generally kill the main character isn't cause for concern though. HOW DARE HE HIT THEM.

    I did, however, roll my eyes at yet more needless oversexualisation of female characters. Really. Are we still in That Place, games industry?

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    Necromancerxd says:

    I personally loved the trailer. Got me excited to play another hitman game. “Not once did I think hey punching a girl will give me a raging hard.” It was a good trailer.

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    Bill says:

    Right on!  People are now getting offended FOR other people on subjects that have nothing to do with them personally.  Sometimes they are offended because the people they think should be, aren't offended at all.  Look, if what you say is funny people will laugh.  The one's who get offended lost their sense of humor long ago and sure aren't any fun to be around.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    You see, this is the kind of shit I'm talking about.  I am in no way dictating what should or should not offend people.  I'm pointing out the stupidity and disingenuousness of accusing someone of something they clearly did not do and being offended by something that didn't happen.


    Andrew Eisen

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    David says:

    Would it have been different if it had been men dressed in Jesuit robes?  You know, let them drop those robes and look like shirtless Rambo clones?

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    Neeneko says:

    Must be nice to be able to decide for other people what should and should not offend them.  

    I guess all that white manly superiority gives you the perspective that all those silly women and  lack since you seem to know their feelings and situation better then they do.  Isn't it great that they have such a man to determine such things for them, because they obviously are not adult enough to do it for themselves.

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