Hitman will be launching March 11 as a fully episodic AAA game, Square Enix and Io-Interactive have announced. The new Hitman game will be available on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will start with a Prologue Mission and a Paris location at its release. The next location, set in Italy, will arrive in April before Morocco is released in May. From there, Hitman plans to deliver regular monthly content updates, including three additional locations: Thailand, the U.S. and Japan, where the season will conclude later in 2016.
As a result, pricing for Hitman has changed significantly, with a new Intro Pack being offered for $15 that includes the Prologue and Paris levels. Each subsequent location will be priced at $10 as an add-on item to the Intro Pack. Players will also have the opportunity to purchase the Full Experience up front for $60 that includes all of the year’s content as it’s released, while guaranteeing that they won’t miss any live or bonus content. Those that purchase the Intro Pack and want to upgrade to the Full Experience can do so for $50 additional.
PlayStation users will also gain access to The Sarajevo Six, which are six bonus contracts. Each bonus contract will be released with each location, sending Agent 47 around the world in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA in the self-contained story exclusive for PlayStation 4 users.
The Hitman beta will kick off February 12 on the PlayStation 4 and February 19 on PC. Players can guarantee access to the beta by pre-ordering the Full Experience or the new Intro Pack.
“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.”