Publisher Square Enix announced that the next Hitman game will be a fully episodic release, with the first episode of the game, which takes place in Paris, due to launch on the 11th March.
An episode set in Italy will follow in April, followed by one in Morocco in May. Square Enix says that it will then deliver regular monthly content updates throughout 2016, including three additional locations: Thailand, America, and Japan. Weekly “live events” will also be released periodically.
Each episode will be priced at $10 (US), with the first costing a little more at $15 and of course you can pay for the entire game upfront for $60. No word yet on pricing structures in the UK.
Said Hannes Seifert, head of developer IO Interactive, of the new release structure;
“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.” Yesterday the developer cancelled preorders for the game, saying that it was “adjusting a few things.”
First signs that something had changed with Hitman’s structure came about yesterday when Sony had pulled all digital pre-orders form the PlayStation Network due to the configuration of the product changing significantly.