trending / - - - - - - - - -

trending / playstation 4 - ni no kuni - halo - wii u - bungie interview - ces top picks - radeon hd 7850 - woods pga tour

Hitman Now Releasing as Episodic Series

/ 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.”


Hitman’s new release structure seems to be more clearly defined than the old model seen above.

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.

Quick Take

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.

Ben Sheene

Ben Sheene

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ben is from Kentucky where he originally began playing games (an activity he still continues to this day). With a love for writing he graduated from Centre College with a BA in English. He recently moved to California to pursue whatever future endeavors were there. A passion for music, gaming, blogging, and existing keeps him up at night and crafts him into the person he is today.
Ben Sheene

tags: , , ,

Related Posts

Professor Lupo and His Horrible Pets Releases July 11

Professor Lupo and His Horrible Pets Releases July 11

Jul 3rd, 2019No Comments

Little Friends: Cats & Dogs Releases on May 28.

Little Friends: Cats & Dogs Releases on May 28

May 22nd, 2019No Comments

Image & Form announces new game SteamWorld Quest

SteamWorld Quest Releases on Switch in April

Mar 27th, 2019No Comments

Dragon Marked for Death

Dragon Marked for Death Hits Retail Shelves Today

Mar 26th, 2019No Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Verify That You Are Human... *

Top Articles