Publisher and developer IO Interactive today announced that, starting with January 26, 2023, Hitman – World of Assassination will replace Hitman 3 on all storefronts.
Available as a free upgrade for existing owners of the third entry in the trilogy and costing "approx. $70 USD or local equivalent" for new players, Hitman – World of Assassination comes with all the content included in Hitman 3, the Hitman 1 GOTY Access Pass, and the Hitman 2 Standard Access Pass.
This adds up to a total of 21 playable destinations, easily accessible through a single purchase, and quite a bit of free content if you've yet to buy the first two games.
The Hitman – World of Assassination Deluxe Pack will then set you back "approx. $30 USD or local equivalent," granting access to Hitman 3's Deluxe Pack and Seven Deadly Sins Collection alongside Hitman 2's Expansion Access Pass, for even more content.
The change is particularly helpful for new players, who will only have to consider two digital purchases.
Currently, prospective buyers have to navigate a rather intricate web of editions and access passes, especially when attempting to take advantage of Hitman 3's graphical enhancements in levels from older games.
Existing owners who might have some pieces of content but missing others haven't been forgotten either.
Steam users will benefit from a "complete the set" functionality for the three DLC packs included in the Hitman – World of Assassination Deluxe Pack.
This allows you to pay an even split of $10 for the content you don’t already own, rather than forcing you to pay full price for the entire pack.
Players who prefer other storefronts will be able to pick up the DLC in the Deluxe Pack individually from the in-game store, completing their collections at the same price as above.
The standalone versions of Hitman 1 and Hitman 2 will be removed from sale on all platforms, yet remain accessible for existing owners.
IO Interactive expects a warm reception for Hitman – World of Assassination, but will "be keeping a close eye on the reactions and questions that arise" between now and its launch.
You can read more about the changes over on the developer's website and learn why Hitman 3 should definitely be on your to-play list from our 9/10 review.
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