When Io Interactive announced the launch of Hitman, a lot of speculation, assumptions, and more have surrounded its launch. We thought it was an episodic release, many others believed the game was more of an “early access” like title. However in a Q&A, we’re all wrong.
It seems when Hitman launches digitally on December 8, that’ll be the “beginning” of the game. In more detail, Io Interactive revealed that what will launch on December 8 will be a “sizable chunk” of the full game:
What we release on December 8th is not the full game. It’s a sizeable chunk of it. Throughout 2016 we’ll release more locations and missions until the story arc is done and finished. All of that content is included in the $60 price.
Essentially, Io Interactive are launching a base game which is fully playable, fully polished, and fully complete, in the loosest use of the word, and will roll out more content as time goes on. It’s a similar approach to some larger mobile titles where content is added for free.
On both the subject of Early Access or Episodioc Io Interactive clarified that it’s neither, as Early Access means “something unfinished or unpolished”, as for episodic, that usually gives the expectations of later content drops that players will have to pay for.
While the game itself may feel very episodic at times, when the user pays $60 for the game, they’ll get the game and all subsequent updates and content drops that Io Interactive plan for the title.
That $60 includes everything we create in this story arc; from what we release on December 8th through to the end of the story arc in 2016 and all the live events too. There’s no micro-transactions or hidden costs in there. No extra paid DLC on top either. It’s one package, all-in for $60. We want that to be simple and clear and it was important for us to be up-front about that.
So there you have it, there seems to be no real explanation as to what Io Interactive are doing with Hitman. It’s episodic, but not episodic in the sense that users will have to pay for more missions, and it’s not Early Access as it’ll be fully polished, playable, and complete, though only a “sizable chunk” will be launching on December 8.
Are you confused? I totally am. Though it’s nice to hear that the $60 we pay for the game will get the whole thing, so we won’t have to worry about season passes, DLC, and all that other nonsense.