Hitman wraps up its first season for PS4, Xbox One and PC with a final sixth episode set in Hokkaido, Japan, on October 31.
Developers from Io-Interactive have commented on Twitter that they have a vision for two more seasons, but Hitman Season 2 has yet to be officially confirmed or announced.
The season finale for the 2016 revamp of the Hitman series tasks Agent 47 with a mission at an exclusive hospital and resort. There are two targets to eliminate, and players have the opportunity to make the most of the property’s lush Zen gardens and traditional hot spring baths when planning their hits. As has been the case with previous episodes, Hokkaido is also going to host a series of Escalation Contracts and Elusive Target events.
Prior to his arrival in Hokkaido, Agent 47 can wrap up his tour in Bangkok with five new challenges at the Himmapan Hotel. The missions are described by the publisher as “horror-themed” and players earn a unique item for completing them.
As previously reported by Inquisitr, Hitman shifted to a digital release after being met with delays. A physical release for the complete first season was still planned, but an episodic format was decided upon to ease development concerns while also providing fans with a new Hitman experience in a timely fashion. Players who wanted to experience the storyline and monthly gameplay challenges as they became available were encouraged to download each episode individually or purchase the season pass.
Hitman debuted in March earlier this year with a Prologue mission and the first episode in Paris. New episodes were added monthly; Episode 2: Sapienza followed in April, Episode 3: Marrakesh continued the story in May, a bonus episode premiered in July, followed by Episode 4: Bangkok in August, and Episode 5: Colorado last month.
Io-Interactive studio head Hannes Seifert commented on the end of the first season, noting the shift to an episodic, digital delivery as a success for the studio.
“It was a brave decision to go fully digital episodic with Hitman, fundamentally changing how we make the game, and for us it has been a major success. I want to say a big thank you to all the players for making this possible! Together we’ve built and run the biggest and most replayable locations of any Hitman game and added new live content every single week since launch. And although we’re now completing season one, this is only the beginning for our ever expanding World of Assassination.”
For those waiting to catch Hitman: The Complete First Season on disc, Io-Interactive has detailed the physical version comes packaged in a Steelbook case with all of the content from the first season. As a bonus, it also comes with a new “Landslide” mission, a digital copy of the original soundtrack, and a behind-the-scenes documentary video.
The physical version includes the Requiem Blood Money DLC pack, which was previously a pre-order bonus exclusive. The DLC pack is going to be made available for purchase via the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store, and Steam sometime next year. The expected release date for the disc version of Hitman is January 31, 2017.
To recap, a series of seven Hitman trailers offers curious gamers a brief overview of the first season while counting down to the season finale. The full playlist can be viewed by clicking here, or you can watch the Hokkaido trailer in the video below.
For those looking for more Hitman fun, Hitman: Sniper is getting a limited-time update that all players on both Android and iOS can download and enjoy through November 24. The All Hallows’ Eve update crafted by developer Square Enix Montréal grants Agent 47 the use of a new crossbow weapon called “the Exorcist” and gives the entire Montenegro region a Halloween-themed makeover. Three new abilities are also included as part of the update and include a spooky ghost summon and an attack that is described by the publisher as “a volley of lethal, barbed arrows.” Additional missions and challenges await players as well.
How do you like your Hitman? Are you a fan of the sniper action offered by Hitman: Sniper on your smartphone, or do you prefer sitting down with your PS4 or Xbox One to carefully plan out each hit like in 2016’s Hitman? Are you a fan of the episodic experience, or would you prefer developers wait until the whole game is complete before releasing it both digitally and on disc? Sound off in the comments section below.
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