The new Hitman title will now be released in an episodic format, where each new location and its subsequent missions, will be add gradually into the game. This basically means that when the game is released, it will only include one location out of a total of six.
On March 11, gamers will be able to purchase the Hitman Intro Pack for $15. This pack will include a prologue mission and the Paris location. From that point on, each new location will cost $10 upon its release. If you would like to commit to the entire game up front, you can buy the Full Experience for $60, or $50 if you already own the Intro Pack.
We currently know that the Italy location will be released in April, and then Morocco on May. The other three locations, Thailand, the US and Japan, still don’t have a solid release date, but all will arrive throughout 2016 on a monthly basis. In between the monthly releases, weekly live events and other content will be available to those who purchased the latest add-on. If you would like to avoid the game’s episodic nature all together, a disc version will be coming at the end of 2016.
“We decided to take the full leap and publish Hitman as a truly episodic game experience,” said Hannes Seifert, Head of Studio at IO Interactive.
“Part of that decision is for that little bit of extra time to ensure every location we release is at the quality level fitting for a HITMAN game. But the main driving reason is that this will allow us to create a living game that will expand and evolve over time and establish a foundation for the future – this is the first game in a storyline which will continue and expand with future Hitman games.”
PlayStation 4 owners will have access to The Sarajevo Six, a set of six bonus chapters, one available in of the game’s locations. These missions are a self-contained side-story, and will see Agent 47 travel the world ” in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA.”
PS4 onwers will also gain early access to the game’s closed beta, starting February 12. The beta will then arrive to PC on February 19, with no scheduled event for the Xbox One. You can secure your entry into the beta by pre-ordering either the Full Exprience package or the Intro Pack.
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