Square Enix and IO Interactive has made some drastic changes to the upcoming Hitman game. Originally in a new format that could be best considered as “buy half now and the rest later or buy the whole game for cheaper.” The title is now going completely Episodic in a similar fashion to Square Enix’s previous success, Life is Strange.
According to a press release from Square Enix, the game will start with a “Prologue Mission and a Paris location on March 11th, followed by the next location, set in Italy releasing in April and then Morocco releasing in May. From there HITMAN will deliver regular monthly content updates, including three additional locations; Thailand, the US and Japan until the season concludes in Japan later in 2016.”
“We decided to take the full leap and publish HITMAN as a truly episodic game experience,” said Hannes Seifert, Head of Studio at Io-Interactive. “Part of that decision is for that little bit of extra time to ensure every location we release is at the quality level fitting for a HITMAN game. But the main driving reason is that this will allow us to create a living game that will expand and evolve over time and establish a foundation for the future – this is the first game in a storyline which will continue and expand with future Hitman games.”
Part of that “living game” feature is a new system where IO Interactive will add live events and updates to the released levels, allowing players to engage in different assassination missions on a timed basis.
Square Enix announced that the prologue and Paris level will be released at $15, while all other missions will be around $10, you can also purchase an complete edition for $60 which will give you access to all the content as it’s released. A disc based version of Hitman will be released at the end of 2016. Finally the Beta for Hitman will be available on PS4 and PC in February which Players can guarantee access to by pre-ordering the Full Experience or the new Intro Pack.