So, yeah, it's as if the general perception of Hitman: Absolution has taken a complete u-turn as of late and with every additional piece of news, the game keeps looking better and better. I was personally never all too miffed at the possibility that Bateson wasn't returning, but I can understand why some others wouldn't be quite as accepting, given that David is more or less Agent 47.. just, y'know without the whole actually being a Hitman with a barcode on his head thing... as far as we know! But anywhoo all's good! The man's returning to carry on what is most likely his most recognisable role within... anything, really, and I'm sure this is especially joyous news for some.
After a long search IO Interactive are pleased to unveil that the voice of Agent 47 will once again be acted by David Bateson who has been the voice of Hitman since the year 2000 with the seminal PC release Codename 47. Alongside Bateson, William Mapother (star of hit TV series LOST) has performed the motion capture work for Agent 47 which was recorded at Giant Studios.Speaking about the decision to return to Bateson after the studio earlier declared he wouldn’t be the voice of 47 in Hitman: Absolution, Brand Director Jon Brooke said “IO and Bateson have been bed fellows for over a decade and like all long running relationships sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. Looking back I think we were just playing hard to get.”
Both Bateson and Mapother now join a long list of talent announced for the game including Marsha Thomason, Keith Carradine, Vivica Fox and Powers Boothe.