The latest game in the Hitman series, Absolution, is taking the series in a slightly different direction than longtime fans may be used to, as publishers Square Enix seek to tie the games in with the upcoming movie.

"We've designed a more stylized, more serious, and darker game this time around in both the story line and the visuals," game director Tore Blystad tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The hope is that the movie will be going in a similar direction, and then when they both come out they will speak the same language. They won't follow the old Hitman games, but rather go with this newer direction."

That movie is the second Hitman film, in production oblivious to the fact the first one sucked. On the bright side is the fact this new flick has all new characters and an all-new story, making a clean break from the first movie. It will, however, share the same "look and feel" of the new game, tying the two together.

Back to the game, it's going to star Keith Carradine (not the dead one and not the Revenge of the Nerds one, either) as the game's villain and White Collar's Marsha Thomason as long-time "voice in the ear" Diana, while mo-cap work was done at Giant Studios, the same place James Cameron used for Avatar. Both actors provide both the voice and mo-cap work for their characters.

New Hitman Games Links with Movie, Stars a Carradine

New 'Hitman: Absolution' Game Uses 'Avatar' Performance Capture Technology, Hollywood Talent [THR]