IO Interactive announced today that PS4 will be getting the first Beta access to the upcoming Hitman game on February 12th (which is next Friday so mark it on your calendars now!). The PC version of the Hitman Beta will be arriving a week later. You can reserve Beta access right now by pre-ordering either the Full Experience or the Intro Pack via the PlayStation Store. Even pre-purchasing the Hitman Collector’s Edition will grant you access to the Beta.
The Collector’s Edition, if you’re so inclined, will include some interesting stuff such as the 10 inch Agent 47 “Chessmaster” Statue, a 60-page hardcover art book by Jonathan Rowe as well as a red tie and clip set so you can even dress like Agent 47.
In addition to first Hitman Beta access, PS4 owners who sign up will also get exclusive bonus content in the form of “The Sarajevo Six” mission pack, a collection of six exclusive bonus missions only for PS4 users. The first episode of the new Hitman game is set to premieres for Xbox One, Windows PC and PlayStation 4 on March 11th. Watch the new “World of Assassination” trailer below.
Aside from outlining the incentives available for those pre-ordering the game to get access to the Hitman Beta next week, IO Interactive also explained in a PlayStation blog that the game will have an episodic type story structure inspired by the TV series. New missions will continue to be released throughout the year and each episode will add to the ongoing story. At the end of 2016, all the missions will be together combined into a retail disc. One can also buy the whole mission pack at one go for $60. Otherwise, the debut episode is priced at $15 while the subsequent episodes are worth $10. This will allow the developers to lay out a story that will not only concentrate on the protagonist Agent 47, but also on his ICA controller, Diana Burnwood as well as his targets.
As for the PS4 exclusive missions, they will be centred around bringing down the paramilitary group “CICADA”. Agent 47 will be in pursuit of his targets in the form of contracts based on specific locations from the game. The first PS4 exclusive contract, ‘The Director’ will be available on March 11th, the official launch date of the game. The 15 minutes of Hitman ‘showstopper’ gameplay reveals some of the advanced features of the game. Watch it below.