Today, Io Interactive has some good news, and some bad news.
For those of you who have been waiting to get back into the dapper suit of Agent 47 this December, you’re now going to have to wait. Until March. The developers announced today that they’re having to delay the game because they’ve opted for a new release model – something that has already confused many players.
Originally set to be a base game with more content added as time goes on, it seems they’re throwing more at players and releasing less later down the line:
We’re going for a new release model where we put out a good chunk of the game when it begins and then release the remaining locations over time. These few extra months will mean we can add more to the launch content of the game, more than we had originally planned, and then follow with a tighter frequency of updates, which ultimately will create a better game for everyone.
So what about the good news? Well aside from more content when it launches, Hitman will also be a pretty huge game, apparently. Io Interactive went into detail saying that its Paris level alone will be six times the size of Hitman: Absolutions largest stage, Streets of Hope.
Apparently there’ll also be six times the number of potential Contract Targets, Io Interactive revealed, with a total of 1,600 crowd members within the level.
The developers continued to say:
The playable area and density of our locations goes beyond anything we’ve built before. We’re striving to create a series of living, breathing worlds in those locations and we get pretty obsessed about every detail that you’ll experience.
Moving a launch date is never an easy decision, we know it’s frustrating to have to wait a bit longer for the game, but we truly believe it will mean we can deliver a better launch and overall experience.
Also, here’s a lovely little infographic putting words into pictures.
There’s currently no release date aside from March 2016 at present.