Taking a page from Square Enix’s book with their upcoming Final Fantasy VI remake, Io-Interactive announced last week that their AAA title, Hitman, will be fully episodic.
After a lot of consideration, we decided to take the full leap and publish Hitman as a truly episodic game experience with a major live component. It’s not a decision we’ve taken lightly and we fully acknowledge that the decision may frustrate some players. But it is a shift that we believe will ensure the best possible foundation for this game and the future of Hitman.
The March 11th release date will include the Prologue and Paris location (Intro Pack). The next location, Italy, will be released in April, and then Morocco in May. From there, Io-Interactive will continue to roll out monthly content – Thailand, United States, and Japan – until later in the year. The intro pack will priced at $15; every location after that will be available as a $10 add-on item. Want to make sure you don’t miss out on live or bonus content? Players will be able to pre-purchase all the locations at once in the Upgrade Pack for $50. Want the Full Experience? That’s $60. Episodes will be made available as they are released. A disc-based version of the game will ship at the end of 2016, as well.
Whether you purchase the complete game or purchase each episode individually, we want to remind the community that there will be no micro transactions in Hitman.
Io-Interactive had planned to release Paris, Italy, and Morocco for the March launch, then release new locations monthly. It makes more sense and feels more in-line with their original intentions to start with the episodic format which will, according to the developers, allow them to create a living game that will expand over time and craft longer and shorter story arcs that move along simultaneously.
Beta access will be available for PS4 on February 12th, then on PC the following week. Players can sign-up for guaranteed access by pre-ordering the Full Experience or Intro Pack.