IO Interactive revealed its Year 2 plans for Hitman 3, which besides came with the quality that the full Hitman World of Assassination Trilogy would beryllium coming to Xbox Game Pass. The workplace besides revealed that Hitman VR support, which works for each 3 Hitman games, volition travel to PC.
Year 2 of Hitman 3 starts this period with the Elusive Target Arcade, which goes unrecorded connected January 20. This is simply a caller crippled mode that takes the Elusive Target conception featured successful this trilogy to “the adjacent level” arsenic it “mixes up the look and introduces caller challenges and unlockable rewards, each whilst keeping the essence of what makes Elusive Targets breathtaking and absorbing to play.”
“Each Arcade Contract present tasks you with taking down consecutive Elusive Targets, 1 declaration aft the other,” IO’s blog post reads. “Each 1 indispensable beryllium completed to proceed to the adjacent – and determination are further complications added to the declaration arsenic well. If you neglect an Arcade Contract astatine immoderate point, determination volition beryllium a 12-hour lockout earlier you tin retry the declaration again from the start. This lockout enables america to support the high-stakes gameplay that is simply a hallmark of Elusive Targets, whilst giving players a wide denotation of erstwhile they are capable to play a peculiar Elusive Target again.”
All Arcade Contracts added to Hitman 3 are imperishable additions, too. When this caller mode launches connected January 20, it volition statesman with 3 contracts, each with Elusive Targets from 1 of the 3 Hitman World of Assassination games. More and much contracts volition beryllium added passim the year.
The adjacent large breathtaking announcement for Year 2 of Hitman 3 is that Hitman VR, which allows you to play the full trilogy successful VR, is coming to PC connected January 20. Here’s a clip of what that looks like, courtesy of Hitman 3 Senior Game Designer Sekil Møhl.
On the PC broadside of things, Hitman 3 Year 2 brings immoderate breathtaking caller exertion improvements to the game.
“One of the astir notable enhancements to the crippled volition beryllium the enactment to alteration ray tracing connected PC aboriginal this year,” IO’s blog station reads. “With amended reflections and amended shadows, our locations are going to look amended than ever. In summation to ray tracing, our ongoing concern with Intel means that we volition besides beryllium 1 of the archetypal improvement studios successful the satellite to instrumentality Intel’s XeSS technology, which uses instrumentality learning to present much show with exceptional representation quality.”
Finally, Variable Rate Shading volition beryllium added to PC versions of Hitman 3 this year. This inclusion boosts PC show by “shading astatine antithetic frequencies successful antithetic parts of the image, putting much powerfulness wherever it has the astir impact.”
Also announced today, the full Hitman World of Assassination Trilogy, which consists of IO’s Hitman, Hitman 2, and Hitman 3, volition deed Xbox Game Pass connected January 20. Speaking of trilogies, IO has nicely packaged the full series into a caller postulation called Hitman Trilogy that volition beryllium disposable digitally connected January 20 connected PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam. Hitman Trilogy is however players volition play each 3 Hitman games connected Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.
That’s not all, folks. IO has besides announced Hitman Freelancer, a caller single-player mode coming this spring.
“Freelancer is simply a marque new, single-player mode coming to Hitman 3 that introduces roguelike elements, strategical planning, and a customizable safehouse,” IO’s blog station reads.
This caller safehouse is aptly titled Agent 47’s Safehouse. It’s dissimilar thing seen earlier successful a Hitman game, IO says. It’s afloat customizable, allowing you to take precisely what benignant of hitman you privation to be. Plus, arsenic you advancement done the Freelancer mode, much areas of the safehouse volition beryllium unlocked, granting you further customization options.
You tin cheque retired caller suits successful the safehouse, effort retired guns connected the firing range, alteration the decor, and more. You tin besides entree the Mission Hub here, which is wherever you tin presumption each disposable Freelancer campaigns, with each representing a antithetic transgression endeavor from the World of Assassination.
“For each campaign, you request to take the bid you privation to play the missions,” IO writes. “After each mission, you’ll instrumentality to the safehouse to restock, resupply, and strategically program your adjacent move. Whichever determination you permission until past volition beryllium wherever you’ll country the Leader of the enterprise. Blow their cover, destruct them, and the run is complete. You get paid and instrumentality to your safehouse.”
Campaigns person been wholly reworked for the caller Freelancer mode, too, IO says. Locations volition person caller NPC types, which tin either assistance oregon hinder your mission. For example, suppliers volition connection a enactment of weapons and items that you tin prime up to assistance your mission, whereas different NPCs mightiness alert Leaders of your beingness erstwhile detected. Other caller elements successful these campaigns see further safes, hidden stashes, and different NPC assassins.
However, your cogwheel successful Freelancer is not persistent, truthful don’t turn excessively attached to thing you prime up. Anything you don’t manually bring backmost with you to the safehouse volition beryllium lost. Consumables volition besides request to beryllium restocked earlier each campaign, arsenic the ICA is nary longer contiguous to assistance you successful Freelancer.
“We’re excited astir Freelancer giving players a persistent and infinitely replayable acquisition that is wholly their own; from customizing their safehouse to lucifer their benignant oregon mood, configuring and strategically readying for campaigns done to picking a playstyle with each of their cogwheel connected the line.”
The past large announcement for Hitman 3 Year 2 is the uncover of Codename: Rocky, a caller map. However, beyond a screenshot that you tin presumption below, that’s each IO spoke astir it. IO says much details astir this caller representation volition beryllium shared aboriginal successful Year 2.
And that’s everything you tin expect successful Year 2 of Hitman 3. For more, cheque retired our thoughts connected the crippled successful Game Informer’s Hitman 3 review and past work astir however the upcoming Hitman TV bid volition springiness Agent 47 hair. Check retired this communicative astir how IO Interactive is approaching creating its ain James Bond game aft that.
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