Today marks the release of the Hitman HD Enhanced Collection on PS4 and Xbox One, bringing both Hitman: Blood Money (2006) and Hitman: Absolution (2012) to current consoles, and now IO Interactive has used a new FAQ article to give us an overview of the most important changes.
The obvious tweaks relate mostly to the visual quality, since the current console generation has more power available to calculate and display 3D objects. The texture quality is adapted to the console's particular performance which, according to IOI, calculates the resolution before up or downscaling it depending on the screen:
Super-sampling & upscale support settings:
Xbox One - 1920 x 1080
PS4 Base -2304 x 1296 (44% more than 1080p)
PS4 Pro - 2560 x 1440 (+177%)
Xbox One X - 3200 x 1800 (+277%)
The light effects in Hitman HD Enhanced Collection should be comparable to the results we have seen in more recent Hitman games too, because the developers didn't have to stick with the techniques of the original games for these new editions. Shadows and reflections should be increased too, while the topic of control was mainly about the higher responsiveness of the control sticks.
The only major change from the original games can be found in Hitman: Absolution, which lacks the Contracts mode now. IO Interactive explained that they do not currently have the rights for it, but they want to investigate the situation and consider alternative options for bringing this feature back.
Lastly, the studio confirmed there are no plans for a PC port, because the goal was "to give our console players the opportunity to enjoy these games in high definition quality".
Below are a few developer screenshots of Hitman HD Enhanced Collection, if you want to see how it looks. Will you be playing them for the first time, or revisiting them?