Hitman Now Releasing as Episodic Series
Ben Sheene / Jan 14th, 2016 No Comments
Hitman’s already strange release structure is being altered to transform the game into a triple-A episodic experience.
Io-Interactive, developer of the series, revealed how content will be delivered to players for the seventh Hitman entry. The game’s March 11 release still applies for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. At launch, players will start with a prologue mission and a location in Paris. April will take players to Italy and then Morocco in May. Io-Interactive plans to deliver monthly content updates throughout the season and weekly live events and planned content between monthly releases. Thailand and the US will be added over the course of the season and wrap up in Japan later in 2016.
“We decided to take the full leap and publish Hitman as a truly episode game experience,” said Hannes Seifert, Io-Interactive’s Head of Studio. “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.”
The pricing structure of Hitman has also been altered to accommodate the new release structure. For $15, players can purchase the intro pack which contains the prologue and Paris levels. New locations and their content will be available as $10 add-ons to the intro pack. The “full experience” is available for $60 and includes all content as it is released throughout the season. A disc version of Hitman is also planned for release near the end of 2016.
PlayStation 4 players will have access to the exclusive Sarajevo Six bonus contracts. Additionally, players who want want access to the PS4 beta on Feb. 12 or PC beta on Feb. 19 can pre-order Hitman’s full experience or intro pack.
Hitman’s new release structure isn’t drastically different from when it was originally announced last year. Though it did have player’s scratching their heads from how unique it was from such an established series, Square Enix was obviously aiming to drip feed players content over the course of several months. If anything, the $15 intro pack is significantly cheaper and more enticing than the original structure’s $35 intro pack. We’ll find out soon if Io’s mixed messaging eventually pays off.
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