Io-Interactive struck gold with its interpretation of Agent 47. While the studio was hit with layoffs earlier this year, Hitman has garnered favorable criticism and has surpassed over seven million players. This has all led to today’s release of the title’s Game of the Year Edition featuring tons of new content for players new and old to enjoy. Io-Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak wrote a message about the past, present, and future of the company.
Abrak first discusses Io-Interactive’s decision to become an independent studio and how they have been dormant since the announcement. He states, “we needed to focus inwards at what we want IOI to stand for, in terms of our employees, or culture, and our ambitions and dreams for the future.”
Secondly, he thanks all the players for their support of Io-Interactive’s 2016 title:
This is our way of showing our fans and players that we appreciate your continued support and love for our HITMAN 2016 game. It’s been made with love and passion and the GOTY Edition builds on our original game with loads of visual and mechanical improvements, new unique powerful items with disguises and a whole new story campaign in Patient Zero.
Lastly, Abrak gives Hitman fans hope for the future. While he does not give specific details, he states that the development team is making “great progress” and have included “new features and franchise firsts” in the upcoming title. More information will be revealed in 2018.
Hitman: Game of the Year Edition includes everything from the title’s first season as well as a new Patient Zero campaign, three new themed Escalation Contracts, three new outfits, and three new weapons.
Hitman: Game of the Year Edition is available today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $59.99. However, if you own a digital version of the title, you can upgrade your game for $19.99. Here’s a small trailer to get you pumped for today’s release: