After months of vague answers and hearsay, Square Enix has confirmed that Hitman’s release will be episodic.
“A change to the release structure, sees HITMAN become a truly episodic AAA game experience, with a major live component. Where players will perform contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world,” the publisher said in a statement today.
What exactly does Square Enix have planned for the episodic release of the new Hitman game? Now players will purchase missions individually as opposed to buying the game and waiting for new content to be delivered.
The Prologue Mission and Paris location will be released on March 11th, followed by the Italian location releasing in April. A Morocco location will release in May. From there, the publisher will deliver regular monthly content updates, including three additional locations, which are allegedly Thailand, the United States and Japan, until the season concludes in late 2016. Weekly live events and additional planned content will arrive between the monthly updates.
The Intro Pack, which contains the Prologue and the Paris levels, will cost $15. Subsequent locations will cost $10 each and released as odd-on items to the Intro Pack.
Players still have the option of purchasing the Full Experience up front for $60. This includes the full year’s content as it is released. If you purchase the Intro Pack first, but decide later on to get everything the Full Experience offers, you can buy the Upgrade Pack for $50 (note: this would total $65, or $5 more than the Full Experience pack alone).
No release date for a physical disc has been set. Rumour has it that you’ll have to wait until the end of the year.
Those who fancy the physical disc will need to wait until the end of the year, although an exact date has not been set in stone as of yet.
Square Enix also addressed PlayStation users, promising access to The Sarajevo Six — 6 Bonus Contracts, one of which will be released with each location, that will see Agent 47 travel the world in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA. This is considered a self-contained side-story that will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 users.
The Hitman beta is still scheduled to start on February 12th for PS4 and February 19th for PC. You can pre-order the Full Experience or the new Intro Pack to guarantee access. The beta will not be available on Xbox One.