Hitman: Absolution Will Have A Stealth Based Hardcore Mode

Hitman: Absolution's producer Hakan Abrak has confirmed that the upcoming IO Interactive title will have a stealth-based "hardcore" mode.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Abrak stated;
“We will get into more details at a later point, but obviously it’s linked to the playing style,” he said. “It’s more pacify your enemies, be undetected, maybe solve the challenges in a smarter way. That will probably give you a stealth assassin achievement.

“We have a lot of difficulty levels in the game as well. Rest assured, the hardcore fans that like to have replayablity value in the game or want to have this stealth assassin – you know, I’m the ultimate stealth assassin – that playing style, those Achievements, are very much in the game.

“There’s a huge replayability value in it and we have some features in the game I cannot speak about that will enhance this and make this easier, and heighten the replayability value for the hardcore players as well.”
The "hardcore" mode won't officially be called a "hardcore" mode but will have a "special name", according to Abrak.

The game is out next year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.