Even Hitman: Absolution’s Characters Think Killer Fetish Nuns Are Inappropriate

Even Hitman: Absolution’s Characters Think Killer Fetish Nuns Are Inappropriate
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Hitman: Absolution‘s E3 2012 trailer depicting Agent 47 brutally dispatching a group of killers dressed as sexy nuns caused quite a stir. People called it exploitatitive. People called it misogynistic. In the latest in a series of ICA Profile videos for the game, an unseen bureaucrat agrees with these assessments.

Hitman: Absolution‘s developers apologised for the E3 trailer, which wasn’t much more than a short CGI movie about a group of nameless trained killers being slaughtered. This ICA Profile video gives the Saints names, a back story, and (around 35 seconds in) an in-game voice echoing your concerns.

The unnamed executive signing off on the briefly-flashed memos doesn’t believe dressing up as religious figures is something the good guys should do, and the fetish costumes seem a bit much. He does not approve. He is the voice of the people.

Of course, the video also informs us that the Saints were recruited from the ranks of female prison inmates and strippers, but hey, one step forward, two steps back.


  • Political Correctness League: rescuing the innocence of our youth from the.clutches of evil, brain poisoning, atheistic game developers.

  • Maybe if they released both trailers as one this storm in a tea cup wouldn’t have happened, oh wait, who am i fooling.. To be honest i couldn’t care less about any of this, i just wanna hit my marks so that nobody knows i was there.

  • Fahey’s supercilious tone is too much for me this early in the morning. Blah blah blah something something offended, bandwagon, blah blah blah.

  • so, let me get this strat, women who trained to kill and torcher the guilty and innocent and have no regard for human life, thats ok…but when a man kills most of them off , oh no thats soooooooooooo Inappropriate….

  • What’s wrong with them being recruited from the ranks of female prisoners and strippers? I’d say that would go a long way to explaining the characters, their actions and attire, giving them much needed context. Like it or not there are female prisoners and strippers out here in the real world, what’s wrong with them being in a game? If that’s what their characters are then what’s the big deal about them looking and acting appropriate for their role? It’s an over-the-top spectacle, none of it is meant to be taken literally, and that’s reflected in every aspect of the trailer, it’s almost impossible to take seriously, it’s supposed to be exaggerated. I highly doubt that the developers were making a statement that ALL females are or should be like this, considering that it’s a teaser trailer it’s unfair to speculate that from such a short snippet. It’s impossible to represent an entire gender in one group of characters (who are all meant to be similar) so why get so upset about it?

  • After reading these comments, I have decided that, in lieu of responding, I’m just going to roll around on the floor for a bit. Kay?

  • I was disappointed with the trailer, just a “Eugh, is this all Hitman: Absolution has to offer?” No new gameplay features, or story, just sex appeal…? I’ve been a fan of the franchise since the original, I expected more and am mildly offended that the team thought this would be appealing.

  • Jeez. Way to police the web Kotaku. I miss the days when you wrote about games and didn’t preach quite so much. I’m a fan of your site but why’s every second article an apologist piece about misogyny and self-flagellation?

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