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'Hitman' Delayed To March 2016, Citing Lack Of Content Available At Launch

For years, IO Interactive developed numerous titles for its beloved Hitman franchise. Its latest title, simply called Hitman, is a reboot of sorts, focusing more on a sandbox approach to each level rather than creating a story spanning multiple locations. The game was officially revealed just three months ago at E3, and it was slated for a release date of December 8 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately, the game won't be coming out then, with a new release date set for March 2016.

The developers stated that the reason for the delay was to have more content available at launch. Hitman's release strategy took some flak when it was revealed that the full game wouldn't be accessible on day one. Instead, IO Interactive would have a small amount of content available at that time, with the rest trickling in during the following weeks and months. The three-month delay is to add more to the initial offering so that players will pick it up on launch day instead of waiting for the entire game to come out down the road.

It's unclear as to what the additional content contains, as it could be more assets in a level, additional methods of infiltration and assassination, or it could even be multiple installations of levels. IO Interactive continued to boast that while there is a delay in release, the sheer size of each level will justify the wait. Using its "Streets of Hope" mission from Hitman: Absolution, the team compared its size to the "Paris: The Showstopper" mission we've seen in recent trade shows such as E3 and PAX Prime.

The latter level is six times larger than the former, with 300 targets to choose from for Contracts Mode, a customized experience introduced in Hitman: Absolution, where players choose a random target in a level, perform the assassination through their desired methods, and then challenge other players around the world to do the same, following strict mission parameters. In addition, the Paris level has 100 scenes of opportunities to gain access or create distractions as well as 70 challenges littered throughout the map.

For all we know, the developers could be adding even more depth to a jam-packed level, but we'll have to wait until March to see if the series reboot is worth the wait.

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  • Alec Mowat
    "Lack of content"

    ie.

    "Maybe we should just include this day 1 DLC in the release... look at Evolve..."
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  • Gutiari
    This is definitely going to be worth the wait.

    The developers could have taken the easy road and for example given us Hitman 11, like it's another iPhone revision. Instead, they wanted to take an already glorious game series, and make it 6x better. Think about it, making it twice as good would be hard, but 6x? That's a very bold and ambitious feat, and the sole reason they are doing this is to give us the entertainment of a lifetime. They are doing this for us folks! The hardcore fans! Remember that. These people are working there butts off, and they are putting forth all their work, time, and creativity to accomplish a grand masterpiece, and Rome wasn't built in a day. That's what the Hitman series is all about anyways right? Elegance, creativity, patience? It doesn't matter to me if it comes out next year, because all of us true assassins know...

    Quality > Quantity

    I would rather wait an extra year for an absolutely superb product, then receive a mediocre product next month. And I think the rest of the assassins out there are with me. We will wait, because we are a patient breed....

    waiting for the kill.
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  • urishima
    "Lack of content"

    ie.

    "Maybe we should just include this day 1 DLC in the release... look at Evolve..."

    I see no mention of the missing content being planned as a DLC release, so I don't know what the hell you are talking about.
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  • cats_Paw
    As I have been doing for the last years, I will wait and buy it only when I can confirm that the game is good. No pre-purchase, no day one buy, no nothin.
    Almost every company waved their right to ask for 50+ Euro/Dollars when they started making all those turds.

    If the game is actually good, and does not inclued so many DLCs that you have to spend 120 dollars on it then I will buy it.
    If not, Waiting for a sale.
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  • cats_Paw
    Also I forgot to mention.
    If the levels are well designed and very good for the game over all, making it MUCH bigger is an amazing thing.
    But it its just adding extra size and stuff for a game that is NOT good, size wont matter.

    I dont like the "challenges", "accidents" and so on. Makes me fear that they focused time on that instead of making the level and game more interesting in its core gameplay. I hope I am wrong thou.
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  • dstarr3
    It may have levels six times the size, but it'll probably have one sixth as many levels as a result.
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  • agentbb007
    The Arkham Knight fallout continues, thank you steam for giving us refunds. Now companies are actually forced to create a game worthy of $60.
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