If you’re thinking of picking up the entire Hitman trilogy in the January sales, don’t bother. Hitman developer IO Interactive has announced plans to bundle all three games into one package. Starting January 26, Hitman 3 will change its name to become Hitman: World of Assassination. As part of the change, all maps from the original Hitman and its sequel will be included with the maps from Hitman 3. Better yet, if you already own Hitman 3, you’ll get the additional maps for free.
According to IO Interactive, bundling the games will simplify the buying process for new customers and ensure that fans have the same ownership base.
IO explains further: “Hitman 3 will become Hitman World of Assassination, which will also include access to Hitman 1 and Hitman 2 through our existing Access Pass system. Current Hitman 3 owners will get a free upgrade to Hitman World of Assassination at all platforms.
“We are drastically simplifying the purchasing experience for new players. Hitman World of Assassination will be the only option available to start playing.
“Essentially, these two changes will mean that all new players and existing owners of Hitman 3 will have the same ownership of base content.
“There will be no more confusion about which edition to buy, what content you own, how to redeem legacy packs or import locations, etc. We’re done with that.”
After January 26, all Hitman 3 owners will have access to the ICA Facility, Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh, Colorado, Bangkok, and Hokkaido maps from the original Hitman, as well as Hawke’s Bay, Miami, Santa Fortuna, Mumbai, Whittleton creek. , Isle of Sgail and Himmelstein maps from Hitman 2. That’s on top of the Dubai, Dartmoor Manor, Berlin, Chongqing, Carpathian Mountains, Mendoza and Ambrose Island maps from Hitman 3.
If you want to play the New York and Haven Island DLC maps, as well as the Siberia and Hantu Port Sniper maps, you’ll need to upgrade to the Deluxe Edition.
The Deluxe Edition also contains the Seven Deadly Sins add-on content and a selection of Escalations, Bounties and Challenges.
The changes to the way Hitman is included will benefit the upcoming Freelance mode, which will be released later this year.
“For many players, it will mean free content to enjoy. For others, it will mean significantly cheaper DLC prices,” IO continues. “For new players, who probably aren’t reading this here, you will have a much better experience buying Hitman games.
“Changes have also been made with the Freelancer game mode in mind, where being able to easily access all World of Assassination locations is critical to maximizing your enjoyment.”
As a reminder, Hitman 3 is currently available for just £17.49 on the Steam Winter Sale. Hitman 3 Deluxe Edition is also discounted on the PlayStation Store, where it costs £26.24.
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