IO Interactive has decided to push back the release of the new Hitman title to March of 2016. Apparently that wasn’t as easy decision to make, but the studio did list a few good reasons.

“It’s safe to say HITMAN is the biggest venture we’ve ever undertaken at Io-Interactive,” reads the official statement from the studio. “Not just in terms of scope and ambition but also in terms of the size of the game world itself. The playable area and density of our locations goes beyond anything we’ve built before. We’re striving to create a series of living, breathing worlds in those locations and we get pretty obsessed about every detail that you’ll experience.”

It also appears the IO Interactive wants to release the game is segments, where the official release will contain the bulk of the game, and the ones to follow will keep adding to that core package.

“we’re going for a new release model where we put out a good chunk of the game when it begins and then release the remaining locations over time.

“These few extra months will mean we can add more to the launch content of the game, more than we had originally planned, and then follow with a tighter frequency of updates, which ultimately will create a better game for everyone.”

We don’t really know what to think about this new release model, since history taught us that content not included in the initial launch doesn’t always see the light of day. Hopefully IO Interactive know what they are doing, and will continue to support the game for many months to come.

Hitman is now scheduled for March 2016, on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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