Hitman (2016 video game)
Promotional poster for the game
|Release date(s)||11 March 2016|
Hitman is an action-adventure stealth video game that is currently under development by IO Interactive and will be published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 11 March 2016. It will be the sixth entry in the Hitman video game series. The beta will serve as a prequel to the series, however the main game will take place after the events of Absolution.
Hitman is a third-person stealth video game in which players take control of Agent 47, an extremely well-trained assassin, travelling to international locations and eliminating contracted targets. As in other games in the series, players are given a large amount of room for creativity in approaching their assassinations. For instance, players may utilise long-ranged rifles to snipe a target from a long distance, or they may decide to assassinate the target at close range by using blade weapons or garrote wire. Players can also use explosives, or disguise the assassination by creating a seemingly accidental death. A common method to approach a mission is to incapacitate other characters and wear their outfits as a disguise, which allows the player to gain access to restricted areas more easily. Actions of the non-playable characters also influence the game. For instance, players can gain more information about the position of their target through listening to a nearby news report.
A player's mission performance is rated by factors such as the time taken, number of innocent people killed, number of witnesses or CCTV captures, or whether special equipment was left behind. Bonuses like new gadgets will be awarded to players in accordance to their performance during missions. Some missions are time-limited. If players fail to assassinate the target before the mission expires, or alert the target and allow them to escape, the target will not return. All additional downloadable content after release will be free of charge.
The level-design of the game features a structure similar to that of Hitman: Blood Money, as opposed to the linear structure of Hitman: Absolution. Every level in the game is a small sandbox which can be explored by players. Levels are also larger in Hitman, in which the maps in the game will be "six to seven times larger than the biggest levels in Absolution". Levels accommodate about 300 non-playable characters, with each having different routines and reacting differently to players' actions. The checkpoint system from Absolution has also been dropped. Players can save their game anytime during missions. Contracts mode will also return in Hitman. Players can create scenarios and assign other non-player characters as the assassination targets. These scenarios and targets can be shared with other players. Instinct mode, which was introduced in Absolution, also returns and will be simplified.
Hitman was originally to be developed by Square Enix developer Square Enix Montreal, a newly established studio. Due to cutbacks and layoffs at IO Interactive, other projects were not followed through, and they shifted their attention to a new Hitman game, and Square Enix Montreal will now focus on developing smartphone and tablet versions of Hitman and other games.
On 16 January 2014, an open letter was filed by IO Interactive, sharing some news details on the next game. It stated the intention to make the next version less linear, with more open-ended maps. The concept of checkpoints will be abandoned (a by-product of the linearity in Absolution). On 28 June 2015, the first concept art of the game was released. On 18 March 2015, Square Enix trademarked "World of Assassination", which was later revealed to be a promotion slogan for Hitman.
On 15 June 2015, a full reveal of the game took place at Sony's E3 2015 press conference. A gameplay trailer of the game was released during Square Enix's press conference on 16 June 2015. Also on 16 June 2015, David Bateson confirmed that he will reprise his role as Agent 47.
The game was originally set to be released on 8 December 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but was later delayed to 8 March 2016 so as to allow additional development time for IO Interactive to include more content into the base game. The PlayStation 4 version of the game will feature six exclusive missions known as The Sarajevo Six. Players who have pre-ordered the game can gain access to the game's beta. The beta is set to launch for PlayStation on 12 February 2016 and Microsoft Windows on 19 February 2016. The retail version of the game is set to be released in 2016. No "season pass" was to be available, as the company considered the addition of paid-content a "wrong approach".
Originally, the game was to be released in an "intro pack" that included all the base content, including Paris, Sapienza and Marrakesh locations, six story missions, three sandboxes, forty "signature kills", a contracts mode with 800 different targets, and regular events held by the developer. New missions and locations set in Thailand, the United States, and Japan were to be released after the game's launch, and a full-priced version was to be released following the release of this post-release content. No downloadable content was to be released for the game and no microtransactions were to be offered, and new missions, locations and targets were to be added to the game regularly as free updates after the game's release.
On 14 January 2016, it was announced that Hitman would instead be released in an episodic manner; on-launch, the game will only consist of the prologue missions and Paris location. New content will be released on a monthly basis, including the the remaining two cities of the main game (Sapienza and Marrakesh) in April and May 2016 respectively, followed by the previously-planned Thailand, U.S. and Japan expansions by the end of the "season" in late 2016, as well as weekly events and "additional planned content" between the monthly updates. These expansions will be avaliable at no cost to those who purchase a full-priced digital copy of the game, but those who purchase the "Intro Pack" must purchase them. A full, disc-based release of Hitman will be published in late-2016. Io Interactive head Hannes Seifert explained that the move was designed to provide a "little bit of extra time to ensure every location we release is at the quality level fitting for a Hitman game", but that it would also "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."
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