IO Interactive was due to launch a new Hitman this December, with a confusing release scheme that would see a portion of the game come out at launch, with updates added over time to finish off the story and keep people playing. However, it seems that more time is needed and the game now won’t be coming out until March.
This doesn’t mean that IO has given up on its content release plan. When the game does launch in March, it will come with more content than initially planned for December but it will have more regular content updates throughout the rest of 2016.
The studio announced the delay over on the official Hitman website, where it also explained a few things: “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”.
“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. Moving a launch date is never an easy decision, we know it’s frustrating to have to wait a bit longer for the game, but we truly believe it will mean we can deliver a better launch and overall experience”.
Apparently we can expect more details next week, where IO Interactive will clear up its content release plan for Hitman once and for all.
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KitGuru Says: I feel like there would be a lot less confusion around Hitman’s release plan if IO Interactive would just brand it as ‘episodic’, which it essentially is. We are going to get some of the story at launch and get more and more as the year goes on. Either way, it looks like we are going to be waiting until March next year before we get our hands on Hitman either way.