I was looking forward to what is apparently the return to everyone’s favourite bald murderer’s roots, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a few months more. Rather than coming out on December 6, Io have announced that the game will now be launching sometime in March 2016.
Hitman was always planned to launch incomplete, with new missions, contracts and areas added in for free at a later date. This is cited as part of the reason for the delay – Io want there to be more content at launch than they originally planned.
“We want to make absolutely sure you all get the best possible experience when you join, so we’ve made the difficult decision to move the initial release date to March 2016,” explains the blog post on Hitman.com. “These few extra months will mean we can add more to the launch content of the game, more than we had originally planned, and then follow with a tighter frequency of updates, which ultimately will create a better game for everyone.
“Moving a launch date is never an easy decision, we know it’s frustrating to have to wait a bit longer for the game, but we truly believe it will mean we can deliver a better launch and overall experience. We’ll share more details next week about the full release schedule and scope of Hitman in general so keep a look out for that.”
If it means the game comes with more missions, I’m all for it. Though I think the new Hitman game looks promising, the faux-Early Access model worries me. The cynical part of my brain thinks it only exists as a means of getting console players to retain their physical copies instead of trading them in. I also worry that I may lose interest before it’s complete. How do you feel about this particular style of episodic content? Sound off in the comments.