Hitman to become an episodic game
Square Enix has announced that the long-delayed Hitman title will be released as an “episodic AAA game experience”, with the first part launching on March 11th.
According to Square Enix, each episode will add a new location to explore and targets to assassinate. The first episode, which launches on March 11th for PS4, XBOne and PC, will include a prologue mission and a Paris location. The following locations will be Italy releasing in April and then Morocco in May. Following May content release there will be regular monthly content updates, including three additional locations; Thailand, the US and Japan until the season concludes in Japan later in 2016.
Square Enix has also announced the pricing structure for the episode title. The intro pack, containing the Prologue and Paris, will release at the price of $15, and each subsequent location will be priced at $10 as an add-on item to the intro pack. If paying per update isn’t your think you have the option to purchase the game outright for $60, or if you purchase the intro pack, but later decide you want the full experience you can purchase an upgrade pack (buy all post-Intro Pack content) for $50.
In Square Enix’s press release, Hannes Seifert, Head of Studio at Io-Interactive defending the decision to sell the games in parts by stating,
“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.”
The new Hitman game was officially announced at Sony’s E3 2015 press conference, but the development of the game can be traced back to late 2012/2013. Hitman 2016 is supposedly aiming to return to its roots by reducing the linearity of its gameplay in favour of a small sandbox.
It will be interesting to see how an episode Hitman will play out, but for more information on the upcoming Hitman title, visit https://hitman.com.
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