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.