E3 2015: Hitman Will Release Digital First, Expand Over Time, Arrives Dec. 8th

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Hitman is going in an interesting new direction according to the presentation at Square-Enix’s press event earlier today. Instead of a new single player campaign in the way we usually see with these games, the new Hitman will instead emphasize being a sort of assassinations playset in which the enjoyment will come from interacting with Hitman’s various gameplay systems rather than from some involved scripted narrative.

“We are building a live, expanding and evolving world of assassination where we continuously develop the game, listening closely to the players as we release new locations, missions and hits as soon as they are ready – where $60 and not a dollar more gets you full access to the experience,” said Hannes Seifert, Studio Head at Io-Interactive in a press release for the game.

This makes a lot of sense for the series. The Hitman games, in some ways, are very toy like due to the freedom players have in approaching different situations and in fooling the AI driven populace. Simply, it’s fun to do things in Hitman and just see what happens because often times the results delight with their unexpectedness. I remember the first time I played Hitman, I was suppose to sneak into a theater, and I decided to just knock out some random guy I found in a small room, take his clothes, and just walk in disguised. For some reason, when I left the room a large group of people started to follow me around saying things like, “What happened? He’s not talking when earlier he wouldn’t shut up.”

I had taken out a tour guide!

When you have a game with gameplay systems like that, that people already enjoy, it just makes sense to just continuously support those people with new environments and objectives so that they can continue to enjoy those systems in fresh new ways. Even more, when there is no new content from the developers, user generated assassination contracts make a return so that players will be able to make their own fun using Hitman’s systems, for themselves and for other users.

The press release does mention that a narrative arc will start with the digital-first release of Hitman on December 8th and conclude in 2016, so that’s still there for players who want it, but for me, this new take on Hitman as a service feels like the most exciting thing to hit the franchise in a while. Check out the trailer above to see some of the first gameplay, and let us know what you think of the future of Hitman below.

Written by Albert Chen

Albert Chen

A student of games, I play a bit of everything because I like to see what’s out there. Nothing better than first hand experience when it comes to knowing about games. Current game obsession: Anything MOBA (Paragon, Battleborn, Heroes of the Storm), except, ironically, the most popular ones, LoL and DOTA2.

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