Hitman: Absolution Will Have A Stealth Based Hardcore Mode

Hitman: Absolution's producer Hakan Abrak has confirmed that the upcoming IO Interactive title will have a stealth-based "hardcore" mode.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Abrak stated;
We will get into more details at a later point, but obviously its linked to the playing style, he said. Its more pacify your enemies, be undetected, maybe solve the challenges in a smarter way. That will probably give you a stealth assassin achievement.

We have a lot of difficulty levels in the game as well. Rest assured, the hardcore fans that like to have replayablity value in the game or want to have this stealth assassin you know, Im the ultimate stealth assassin that playing style, those Achievements, are very much in the game.

Theres a huge replayability value in it and we have some features in the game I cannot speak about that will enhance this and make this easier, and heighten the replayability value for the hardcore players as well.
The "hardcore" mode won't officially be called a "hardcore" mode but will have a "special name", according to Abrak.

The game is out next year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.