After a big reveal at this year’s E3 2015 and an original timeline of December of this year to launch, the new iteration of Hitman took a hit (ahem) with a delay to March 2016 to add additional content and polish, though developer IO Interactive provided a clearer idea of what to expect in a new update on the game, and when exactly to expect it.
Developer IO Interactive provided a new update on the game’s official website confirming that Hitman will release across PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 11th, 2016 following its delay from December of this year. Alongside the new release date, IO also gave a breakdown of how players can purchase Hitman in particular flavors, and what to expect at launch and what content will be released post-launch.
IO detailed that at launch, Hitman will include 800 assassination targets, six campaign missions, and a series of weekly live events across three locations: Paris, France – Sapienza, Italy – and Marrakesh, Morocco. All of this content will be included at launch with the game in March.
Following the game’s release in March, additional content will be rolled out in the months following launch: specifically, the post-launch content will include new playable areas with Thailand in April, USA in May, and Japan in June. Along with the new playable areas, scores of new assassination targets, missions, and more will also be added in new content updates.
With the game to debut digitally, Hitman will provide several options for players looking to dive in, as IO broke down the purchasing options. Players that want the complete Hitman will be able to purchase “The Full Experience” for $59.99, which will include all of the launch content and post-launch content as it releases, and which is currently available for pre-order now. Pre-ordering “Full Experience” will also offer players secured access to the game’s beta, which will be available on PS4 and PC only in the future.
IO will also offer two packs with the “Intro Pack,” which will include just the game’s launch content for $34.99 and aimed more for players that want to try out the game at a slightly-lower price – pre-orders for the Intro Pack will begin in November 2016.
The company will also offer the “Upgrade Pack” for $29.99 that contains the remaining post-launch content as it releases – essentially, this will act as a Season Pass for the game’s remaining post-launch content, and will be available in March 2016.
For the “TL;DR” version of what packages contain what content, you can also check out a handy and simple infographic from IO Interactive on how you can experience Hitman with its launch/post-launch content next year.
Hitman will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 11th, 2016.