GameAudioPodcast looking back at AES

Damian & Anton are back from London. Kicking Back in the most beautiful part of the Netherlands. A small picturesque village called Giethoorn. Talking about how the last day went down. Discussions about procedural, mixing, volumetric sound sources and all the jazz you are used to.

At 16:00 they do a nice review of our own IO talk looking at our new proprietary engine Glacier

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Reviews… Embargo lifted and looks great!


Metacritic on day one… 87!


IGN 9 out of 10 “Amazing”

“It sounds great too. The dynamic score which picks up as the action mounts is well implemented, and there are quite a few moments where the audio design really pops. Approaching and opening a closed door to a loud, bustling bar, for instance, sees the sound launch from a subtle hum of chatter and muffled music to a roar of raised voices and bass. It’s well crafted. Hitman games are all about atmosphere, and Absolution gets it right.”



Officialplaystationmagazine 9 out of 10

“Some places are packed with NPCs, and I mean hundreds, in dense crowds that create a real sense of urban bustle. It’s alive with dialogue. There are phone chats, guards talking, incidental bit of side story and character exposition. IO obviously realized that if you are going to spend five minutes hiding behind a wall it might as well be interesting and have peppered locations with conversations worth hearing because they bring colour and life to world”

“What it does do is deliver about as good a story and rewarding experience as you’re likely to get this year.”

Official playstation magazine


CVG 9 out of 10

Feels like ‘proper’ Hitman, mixed with new ideas of varying quality. Crucially, it’s great fun, and you’ll want to play Absolution through more than once


  • Brilliant ideas, densely packed
  • Brutal kills married to IO’s trademark humour
  • One of this generation’s finest stealth games
  • The premise of Contracts mode…

“Absolution makes great use of sound from both design and aesthetic perspectives. I’ve never felt more “in a crowd” than while playing Absolution. Take different paths through a level and you’ll hear entirely different parts of a larger conversation. This is a great way to deliver contextual narrative through multiple playthroughs. These bits of narrative aren’t integral to pulling you through the game but are a nice touch and go a long way in creating a sense of place in Absolution.” 

Hitman: Absolution. Previews coming in!

PCGamesN visit the Vixen Club and outline seven brilliant things about Hitman: Absolution. Read the article here -

1. It’s got the best crowds

“The first time you encounter Absolution’s people-packs will be in Chicago’s busy Chinatown square. Push through some ornate doors separating the quiet alleyway in which your mission begins and the heaving square beyond, and the sense of noise and bustle hits you like a sonic sledgehammer. Hundreds upon hundreds of individuals clamour around food stalls, shouting their orders and mingling realistically, while street vendors toss flaming teriyaki and gaggle impatiently with their punters. And rather than the usual repetitive aural hubbub of “rhubarb rhubarb”, your ears are bullied by half a dozen individually recorded lines of dialogue: a frustrated woman giving directions on her mobile phone, a security guard talking shop with a colleague, a cook asking a customer for something smaller than a twenty. It sounds convincingly lively, and amongst it all exists your target, a unassuming suit in an ocean of human shields.”


“The moment you push through the club’s double doors however, the bass track lifts and fills your ears with seedy treble and “pumping techno”. The atmosphere becomes heavy, drenched with noise and sweat. Men wave and bawl rudeness at dancing women, bar staff with trained voices shout clearly above the din – “pass me those glasses”, “keep your hands to yourself”, all stuff I assume is said in real strip clubs. It’s a seamless, stark shift from outdoors to in. Again, it feels like a real, cloying, sticky location.”

Crowd – Making the sound for the crowd that supports up to 1200 characters on screen at once.

Sound experience: The crowd system

For the crowd system we are relying on two key features in our engine Glacier 2. The template and blend features.

Our crowd system supports up to 1200 characters and that requires a unique sound approach and setup in order to create an overall authentic and believable crowd, ready to interact and adapt to all movements and behaviour patterns that you as the gamer choose to carry out.

The sound system supports blend sounds which opens up for a dynamic and runtime based interactive mixing of sound assets. Here we can pitch, attenuate, change, EQ, etc. single sound assets based upon the unique crowd ratio numbers. And each parameter can independently be affected by the subset of conditions or crowd information numbers. These pieces of information are the cornerstones in setting up the crowd soundscape.

Our vocal sounds differ between intelligible and unintelligible assets as a part of the overall sound experience and make it possible to create the illusion of crowd scaling from 1200 to a few characters when you as a gamer blend in and out, in the hope that your movements will pass by unnoticed.

Using the conditions originated from the crowd, we are able to be very precise about the current state of the crowd and, based on that analysis, play the context relevant assets.