Hitman Update: Fans on Xbox One and PS4 have to wait until 2016

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hitman Delayed Into 2016.

A new Hitman game was set to arrive in December 2015, touting a different direction for the series as a digital title which would be constantly updated with new content over a number of years. Developer IO Interactive revealed on Hitman’s official site that it has delayed the release of the newest game in the stealth-based series to March 2016.Another video game has fallen victim to a delay: this time it’s Hitman the latest instalment in the long-running franchise that’s kind of a reboot but not really. It was originally scheduled to come out on December 8 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. “These few extra months will mean we can add more to the launch content of the game, more than we had originally planned, and then follow with a tighter frequency of updates, which ultimately will create a better game for everyone,” the post states. “And in the end, that’s what we’re all looking for.” Square Enix squares off pretty well in the fight to be the top gamer in Japan. Simply dubbed Hitman, the game is supposed to be a throwback to the older Hitman titles, or at least in terms of gameplay where they are trying to bring it back to its roots.

The Danish company, which has been working on Hitman games since the series started in November 2000, has just announced that all versions of the new game will no longer release in 2015. As the title suggests, the game follows the exploits of Agent 47, a contract killer for hire as he attempts to eliminate his targets in numerous creative ways while leaving as little evidence of his involvement as possible. Io has always insisted that the game won’t cost anymore than normal this way, although it will be sold as a full price game whether you buy it now or later. The decision to delay in order to have more content right from the start is a good one, especially as there has been a lot of confusion around exactly what this new Hitman is, partly because it feels like a title which will really evolve and grow over time.

You do have to wonder why companies like to make trouble for themselves like this though, and there’s never been any very convincing explanation for what any of this is in aid of. According to them at that time, “There are other products that sell a game for $60 and then try to sell you a Season Pass for another $40 on top, so you spend $100 or $120 for all the stuff that happens later on. There will also be regular limited time only missions that take place separate from the story, to reward players who stick with the game throughout it’s run. Indeed, a large part of the reason behind this delay is to make sure there’s enough content at launch and to lessen the amount of time between post-launch releases.

In a post announcing the delay on the series’ website, the developer wrote: “It’s safe to say HITMAN is the biggest venture we’ve ever undertaken at Io-Interactive. We want to make absolutely sure you all get the best possible experience when you join, so we’ve made the difficult decision to move the initial release date to March 2016. Referring specifically to a level inside a Parisian palace, the developer claimed that the level’s size is six times that of the largest level in Hitman: Absolution, the previous entry, while there are 1,300 more non playable characters wandering about in it. In addition, the level apparently contains one hundred ways to eliminate a target undetected, a staple of the franchise that got a bit lost in it’s most recent instalment.

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