Rest easy, everyone. You’ll have access to all the levels from Hitman 1 and 2 in Hitman 3 after all. Developer IO Interactive tweets that it’s working on a solution to allow PC players who own the prequels on Steam to “import locations from those games into Hitman 3 at no additional cost”. The developer says it guarantees “that players will not need to repurchase the games” on the Epic Store, which Hitman 3 will be exclusive to.
Epic Games adds on Twitter: “We never want players to feel forced to repurchase content on the Epic Game Store that they bought on another PC store so they can access features in a new game. We are working closely with IO Interactive, and you will be able to access past content from earlier Hitman games.”
Until a solution is reached, IO Interactive explains that you can get the Hitman 1 GOTY access pass for free if you pre-order Hitman 3 or within ten days of release if you purchase the new Hitman game after it launches. If you’ve been out of the loop, the Hitman 3 pre-launch guide initially stated that Hitman 3 on Epic wouldn’t include levels from Steam copies of Hitman 1 and 2. The previously mentioned deal was offered as a substitute, and Hitman 2 Standard and Gold Access Passes would also be available for 80% off for the first 14 days following Hitman 3’s launch.
Following that, Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney responded to a certain orange site to explain that “the team is looking into this with IO”, and that “it’s never Epic’s intent to create a situation where someone who owns a game on Steam would have to buy it again on Epic Games Store to get the full benefits of it”.
We never want players to feel forced to repurchase content on the Epic Game Store that they bought on another PC store so they can access features in a new game.
We are working closely with IO Interactive and you will be able to access past content from earlier HITMAN games. https://t.co/1MAT1O0Nly
— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) January 17, 2021
Hitman 3 is only a few days away. We went hands-on with it and came away quite content. In his Hitman 3 preview, Dustin explains that “this is more Hitman Season 3 than a true sequel, but Agent 47’s murderous adventures are as grimly delightful as ever”.