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Hitman will not have a season pass; all DLC will be free

Hitman Free DLC

Square Enix’s new Hitman is going to be a different beast of a game this time around, if what they showed at this year’s E3 is to believed. Players will be banding together across the world to crack the hardest assassination contracts.

The publisher also promised that they’d be updating the game regularly with new story missions and locations, and the best part is they will all be free.

“It is fully complete at launch but it is not finished,” Io’s Hannes Seifert told Videogamer in an interview. “What we do is we start the journey on December 8 and what we put out there is going to be a big game. But over the course of 2016 we’ll add more locations, more missions and we’ll have things like targets that only appear for, say, two days. That’s something you can only do in the live world.”

But make no mistake – the new Hitman isn’t an Early Access title either. “Everything we ship on December 8 will be completely finished, it will be a very polished experience. It’s also going to be a very big game. There are other products that sell a game for $60 and then try to sell you a Season Pass for another $40 on top, so you spend $100 or $120 for all the stuff that happens later on. We said no, we don’t want to do that.

“We think it’s wrong to approach players like that because players want to be part of that experience but they don’t necessarily want to be ripped off. What we’re going to sell is all of that but it’s for a one-price package.”

Details such as content release schedules, and the amount of free DLC up for grabs on day one is still being worked out. But nonetheless, this is a great departure from cumbersome Season Passes, don’t you think?