Although it always seemed to toil in the shadow of other games, Hitman remains a widely respected franchise amongst stealth aficionados.

Not all entries were excellent but many satisfied that aforementioned group of demanding fans, most of whom will be excited to learn about Hitman: Absolution .

A teaser trailer for the game hit YouTube earlier today (see it below) and not long after, developer Io Interactive and publisher Square Enix officially announced the fresh installment, in development for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. We're not sure when it will arrive, but we know it's being built "from the ground up using Io's proprietary Glacier 2 engine." Absolution will also pay a visit to E3 next month.