This week in games: Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Hitman 2 adds Sean Bean to the cast

It’s the week before Red Dead Redemption 2‘s release, which means a) there’s a launch trailer and b) almost everyone else is avoiding the black hole-style news vacuum.

So this week’s news wrap-up is a bit thin. We’ve got that Red Dead trailer of course, buried at the bottom, plus whatever other snippets I could find: Sean Bean in Hitman 2, the debut of a silly and self-aware stealth game Skin Deep (from the creator of Quadrilateral Cowboy), Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Destiny 2 reworks how it’s selling the Forsaken expansion.

This is news for October 15 to 19.

Not so elusive, probably

Hitman ‘s “Elusive Target” system continues to be one of my favorite games-as-a-service idea—limited-time assassination targets, and you only get one chance to succeed. I’m happy IO’s bringing Elusive Targets back for Hitman 2, and even happier to find out the first target in question is Sean Bean. Or uh…Mark Faba. But really, Sean Bean.

Those pesky Diablo rumors

It’s late October, which means BlizzCon 2018 is right around the corner, which in turn means it’s time for the rumor mill. And this year a familiar one’s cropped up again. Speculation about a Diablo 4 announcement is rampant again—so rampant that Blizzard actually came out this week and said essentially “Nah, not happening.”

“We know what many of you are hoping for and we can only say that “good things come to those who wait,” but evil things often take longer. We appreciate your patience as our teams work tirelessly to create nightmarish experiences worthy of the Lord of Terror.”

Blizzard’s statement could be intentionally misleading to make a surprise Diablo 4 announcement more impactful, but don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen. You’ve been warned.

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Sneeze meter

If Hitman is one kind of stealth-assassination game,Skin Deep sure is the polar opposite. From the developer of Thirty Flights of Loving and Quadrilateral Cowboy, Skin Deep‘s Steam page says “Stalk through a vast non-linear starship and sneak, subvert, and sabotage to survive in this stellar sandbox. You’re outnumbered, outgunned, and have no shoes.” That’s one hell of a tagline.

But best of all, it has a sneeze meter. Stay out of the dusty old vents, or else.

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