Hitman now fully episodic, launches with prologue and one location [Update]
posted on 01.14.16 at 02:14 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Disc version due out at the end of 2016.


The new Hitman from Io Interactive is now a “fully episodic AAA game,” publisher Square Enix announced.

Previously, the game was announced to launch with three locations— Paris, Sapienza, and Marrakesh—with additional locations Thailand to follow in April, the U.S. in May, and Japan in June.

Here’s the new release schedule:

  • March 11 – Prologue Mission and a Paris, France location.
  • April – Sapienza, Italy location.
  • May – Marrakesh, Morocco location.
  • Afterward – Monthly content updates, including three additional locations; Thailand, the US and Japan until the season concludes in Japan later in 2016. With weekly live events and additional planned content in between the monthly updates.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Intro Pack ($15) – Contains Prologue and Paris levels.
  • New Locations ($10) – Each new location will be released as a $10 add-on to the Intro Pack.
  • Upgrade Pack ($50) – Users who buy the Intro Pack can upgrade to the Full Experience through this package.
  • Full Experience ($60) – Includes all of this year’s content as it’s released, and guarantees them not to miss any live or bonus content.

A disc version of the game will ship at the end of 2016.

The beta for the PlayStation 4 and PC versions of Hitman will begin on February 12 and 19, respectively. Pre-orders for the Intro Pack or Full Experience will guarantee access to the beta.

Update 3:15 p.m.: A collector’s edition of Hitman has appeared on Amazon (PS4, Xbox One) for release by the end of the year. For $139.99, it will include:

  • Hitman Game and Collector’s Box – Get your copy of Hitman in this premium collector’s edition box
  • Agent 47 “Chessmaster” Statue – A massive 10″ statue of Agent 47, considering his next checkmate
  • Tie & Clip Set – The iconic tie of Agent 47 and logo-emblazoned clip for going out in Hitman style
  • Art book – A hardcover art book with 60 pages that take you deeper into the World of Assassination
  • Digital Game Download – Contains your code to download your copy of the full game

Hitman Collector's Edition PS4 Hitman Collector's Edition Xbox One

The Square Enix press release labels the retail release as a “disc version,” so the inclusion of a digital game download code in the collector’s edition is confusing.

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  • DesmaX

    Square sure getting fond of the episodic approach

    • firesonicz

      Ikr, its pretty sweet

    • Jay

      We’ll see how this experiment turns out… If it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense.

      • DesmaX

        Well, Life is Strange was sucessful for them, so I guess they’re optimistic about this.

        Guess they’re experimenting with different publishing methods

  • shogunknight

    So i guess this is a thing now

  • Peacenutman

    “A disc-based version of the game will ship at the end of 2016.” Well I know which version I will be getting.

  • https://www.behance.net/cobaltcomet KOKAYI5

    I liked thw first hitman movie.

  • JoJo

    Sorry for being thick, I just woke up, but can somebody explain the difference to me?

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      It’s literally right there in the article.

      • JoJo

        Yes I read the article, what I’m saying is that I don’t understand how it’s any different.

        • DesmaX

          Think it like the game would ship with the first 3 episodes, and then the later ones would be released every month.

          Also, they changed the pricing method. You could just pre-order the full game before, but now you can buy each episode separate

          • JoJo

            Ah right, thanks a lot. I didn’t understand how “fully episodic” made any difference when it was already going to be released in parts. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Aaron Mason

    oh dear, here we go again. I wait till fall of this or winter of the next to get a full release version. Please make this game good.

  • Dysisa

    As long as it’s not as terrible as Ab5olution was, I wouldn’t mind picking this up when all episodes are out.

  • genericanimefan

    Remember when episodic wasn’t codeword for lazy developers?

  • Yuntu

    Finally they make clear statements for how this game is going to work. 15$ seems fair to me for one big location.

  • DarthBrian

    I’m perfectly fine with this being episodic. However I will wait for the whole thing to be released and a Steam sale. That’s how I roll. :p

  • PhoenixAutomatic

    hmm.. SE must like the idea of episodic too much. lol

    • Zackasaur

      Life is Strange and Hitman, though they’re just the publisher for the former.

      That’s all they have, though. FFVII Remake is multi-part, like Mass Effect and other expansive series with modern production values. “Episodic” in gaming has a contextual meaning which suggests releasing a single game in bite-sized chunks before the full product gets a finished, physical release.

      That might be non-news to you, but I’m clarifying for anyone who makes the mistake. c:

  • SaraN G

    final fantasy 7 and hitman i guess square enix is moving its games to episodic may be a good thing it gives room to developer to create a good episodic game then a whole broken game

    • Zackasaur

      FFVII is not episodic like this is. It will have multiple full game releases. That’s no more episodic than, say, Mass Effect.

      • SaraN G

        so final fantasy 7 each games will be release with 5 or 6 years gap means we can expect complete around 2030?

        • Zackasaur

          Nah, that would involve a lot of dev hell. Not only is there lots of indication that SE are pretty done with devs hell in general, but we know that FFVII Remake is in full development with a huge number of devs and that they’re using the excellent and efficient Unreal Engine 4 (with the additional benefit of borrowed tech and know-how from the KHIII devs).

          There will be a wait between each game, sure. But nothing remotely as bad as 5-6 years. :P And sequel development should be much faster than the core development for the first game, since so much groundwork will be done.

          • SaraN G

            Just a joke the real reason FF XV delayed is crystal tool game engine is advanced (may be flawed) for last gen consoles to handle

      • seyEliveD

        We hope that’s true.

        • Zackasaur

          They already said it’s true. Now we wait to judge the final products.

          But all signs are great!

      • Phelan

        Too early to say that.

        Don’t forget that “full game” can mean 2-100 hours of gameplay.

        • SaraN G

          Yeah basically final fantasy VII, VII2, VII3….

        • Zackasaur

          It’s a huge budget SE JRPG. We have an extremely reliable sense of what a full game is to them. Look at other games over the past decade in such series as Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and Star Ocean.

          • Phelan

            “We have an extremely reliable sense of what a full game is to them”

            Yeah no.

            You are reading what you want to read. Nobody confirmed anything yet apart that it will be long as game. Nobody said that it will be like KH, FF or SO.

            And don’t forget that even within FF there are short~ish games like Dirge of Cerberus… which is also connected to FF VII universe. I really really really wouldn’t be suprised if FF VII R-1 was only 7-9 hours long. Hey it’s also “full game” lenght.

            And from my perspective R is closer to DoC than to original FF VII being havily relied on action gameplay.

          • http://www.rpgplayer.org MechaMefi

            The only reason that I still have hope in SE with the release format for FFVII Remake is the games that they pulled out this last years, the ones you mentioned, plus FFXIV (i’ve been playing since 2.0 and it’s great), Bravely Default, etc.

            I really don’t think that SE is gonna risk screwing up FFVII just because they know that releasing the game in parts will generate more money than in a single release.

            • Zackasaur

              Quite agreed. The past few years and especially what we have ahead have put me way beyond the days when I had to worry about SE stuff. Now I can just look forward to it. c:

  • http://www.genkivision.com genkivision

    Y’all ate it up when they released Life is Strange and Telltale released their games.

    Don’t come complaining now when it follows suit in other genres.

    • 若いファックボーイ

      Two different genres, my g. It’s normal for point and click games to be episodic.

    • ClaudiusWhite

      Honestly I don’t see much to complain about here. The price seems reasonable for the episodic structure and people who want the full game on disc can still get that for no more than regular title price.

    • Elle

      I didn’t tho. I’ll be getting the physical version of life is strange next week.

    • Zackasaur

      I never buy digital episodic nonsense. I will always wait for proper physical releases.

      Life is Strange is almost here~

    • landlock

      I always wait for the retail release. It happens every time.

    • ayanami-chan

      I didn’t not. I stood tall with middle finger raised and bought the physical “finished” versions.

      • oOVanHalenOo

        Hallelujah, sister.

      • KingNigma

        …so u did?

        • ayanami-chan


    • Bryce Blalex Douglas

      Just because something works for one style of game doesn’t mean it should be applied to everything or that it shouldn’t be used at all. I don’t have a problem with episodic games if they actually fit the structure of the game like Telltale games or Life is Strange. They don’t work for games that should be full $60 titles. But hey, if SE can get it right then maybe it will work. I just hate publishers who keep trying to make their hands fit into whatever trend is hot at the moment.

    • Some guy

      I don’t get the complains, you wait until the game is finished, get the first episode for free and a huge discount on the rest.
      I’ll just wait for the starter pack to go free and buy the season pass for 15$.

  • PrinceHeir

    Lol will just wait on the full disc version, just like i did in Revelations 2.

    “Afterward – Monthly content updates, including three additional locations; Thailand, the US and Japan until the season concludes in Japan later in 2016. With weekly live events and additional planned content in between the monthly updates.”

    Wow this game has Thailand and Japan as location?!?! Finally world wide setting like the old games :)

    • Yuntu

      Yeah I think we don’t get to visit Japan that often in games. Atleast not a real one like this is probably going for.

  • Elle

    A CE with a fucking digital code.

    • Phelan

      It’s not the first time Square Enix is doing that.

      That was the case with Drakengard 3 in Europe.

      People were quite mad that Drakengard 3 won’t have physical release in EU… so after some time Squeenix decided to do what they always do… said “we listened” and did something completly opposite of what they were asked for… they released limited edition of D3 with a ****** coupon.

      (P.S. for unkown to me reason I replied to wrong post, hence you can find belowe nekolife “this comment was deleted”… sorry for that!)

    • Zackasaur

      That’s beyond insulting. How could they fuck up so terribly?

  • nekolife

    Consumers are now fully apathetic. -_-

  • Zackasaur

    Disc version without a doubt. ♡

    I will just get the disc version for $48 via Best Buy or Amazon.

    EDIT: I just noticed that the “Collector’s” Edition has a fucking digital code. That’s disgusting. And certainly not for collectors. Screw that insult.

    • cgkt55

      Really? To me it sounds like the CE contains both, the physical and digital version of the game. I mean it says “Hitman Game and Collector’s Box” plus Digital Game Download. I’m confused @.@

      • Zackasaur

        The “game” part is the digital code paper scrap, and then the “collector’s box” is the rest of it. :P

        They know what collector’s want, so they’re probably hoping that many people who buy that will turn around and buy a physical copy as well. :/

        • cgkt55

          That really sucks then >_>

          • Zackasaur

            It really does. :/

    • Dimitri Theodosakis

      I Collector I buying Hitman Collector Edition unliking most you

  • chroma816

    I think they’re maybe shooting themselves in the foot. I, for one, am going to wait til the full game is released on disc. The episodic release just doesn’t do it for me, and neither does a digital only release.

    That said, I do respect them for waiting until the end for the disc release. That way people who buy the disc don’t still have to pay for the season pass and they get all of the game at once (I’m looking at you, barebones Star Wars Battlefront).

  • http://www.hush404.com hush404

    I don’t like the idea of episodic content for a hitman game. I’ll wait for a disc based ver.

  • sneakysnake128

    The amount of shits I give is now episodic.

  • Bebop

    ya… nope y’all can keep it.

  • PrinceHeir

    Wow so the Collector’s Edition actually is digital code only?!

    Fuck that, i’ll stick to the normal edition.

  • BrokenSkullZero

    Could have sworn Hitman was annouced as Episodic way before today.

    • Yuntu

      Nope they said it will be an “experience supported with new content throughout the year”. The clear statement that it is indeed episodic and the pricepoint are new.

    • donkey3

      I know right?

    • Maniate

      Yeah, except you were going to have to pay full price at the start. It was going to be $60 and still only ship with France, Italy and Morocco like they said in the article, with the rest of the content coming later.

  • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

    A collector’s edition of a game that does not contain disc for $ 139.99? Are you serious?

    • Kamen Rider Mike

      Guess physical copy is a no no for them this time :I

    • Elvick

      And I thought it was bad when soundtracks were digital… that’s absurd

  • Jinathin

    did someone just flip a switch in SE? why all of sudden is this game becoming episodic?

  • tokyobassist

    Wait so the reggie version IS a disc and the Collectors is a digital code?

    Just making sure I read that right.

    • Zackasaur

      You did.

  • BakedBagel

    M O N E Y
    M A K I N G
    S C H E M E

  • swiss

    and this is the start of a new corrupt gaming trend
    thanks a lot square enix

  • LunarHaven

    So in other words it releases in December 2016. If people buy this stupid episodic crap it’s like supporting a dark business strategy that may become more common if not stopped.

  • DavidCage

    See you at the end 2016,hitman….

  • Infinity

    Well, there goes any chance of me buying it. Interactive can go screw themselves with this move.

  • heeelp5

    waiiit does is till dont understand the pricing……60 bucks for full game (get all locations rite then and there) or 60 bucks now (but dont have to pay 10 bucks each time an update for a new location comes)…..still dont understand ><

  • Mike

    No. This is just lazy as fuck on the devs. If I even play it at all, it’ll be when the game is a full game and not piece mealed.

  • Andre Pacheco

    Wow talk about screwing your fans! Way to go Square! I’ll wait for the game to come out on Ebay.