When Hitman was initially announced by Square Enix and Io Interactive, there was some confusion about the game’s release, was it to be episodic, or a full game release? Turns out it was to be a full release with free content being added later on, but now it seems to be an episodic game, once again.
The announcement of Hitman has been a weird one. With confusion as to whether it’d be episodic or not, Io Interactive cleared things up by revealing that the game will come in two flavours, a much cheaper version that’ll get you some of the content, meaning you’ll have to stump up for that additional stuff later on, or a more pricey version which includes everything. It all seemed well and good, we’d get some of the game when it launches, and the rest of the stuff later on.
Now however, it’s all completely been flipped on its head. There’s no longer a cheaper version and a more expensive version, instead Io Interactive are aiming for a full “AAA” episodic game.
So here’s how it’ll go down. When the game launches on March 11 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, the game will come in one flavour, and it’ll be the first part of a much larger episodic release.
To begin with, every player will get the Prologue Mission and a Paris location, followed by the next location, Italy, launching in April, then Morocco in May. Then, Hitman will receive monthly content updates, including additional locations; Thailand, The US, and Japan, until the “season” concludes in Japan later in 2016. There’s set to be weekly live events and additional planned content between these regular monthly updates.
So how much is it going to cost?
On March 11 you’ll be able to grab the Intro Pack, which will contain the first mission and the Paris location for $15, or local equivalent. Then the post-launch content, or the additional locations/episodes, will cost you $10. Alternatively, you can grab the entire game, or the “Full Experience” for $60 which includes all of the year’s content as it’s released and “guarantees them not to miss any live or bonus content.”
So essentially, you can purchase the first “episode” for $15 then each other “episode” for $10 or the entire “season” for $60. Alternatively, you could wait until the end of 2016 to grab everything on disc.
There’s also a bunch of added bonuses for PlayStation players, who’ll gain access to the Sarajevo Six, six bonus Contracts, one for each location, which will see Agent 47 travel the world looking for members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA. This is a side-story exclusive for PlayStation 4 players.
As for the game’s beta, you’ll be able to dive into the Hitman beta on February 12 for PlayStation 4, or February 19 for PC. Guaranteed access to the beta can be achieved by pre-ordering the Full Experience or the Intro Pack.