IO-Interactive has released some bad news for those that have been eagerly anticipating the return of Agent 47. The new HITMAN game that was originally scheduled to release in December 2015 has now been delayed to March 2016. IO-Interactive has stated that the new HITMAN is the biggest venture that the studio has undertaken in terms of both scope and content, and that the delay would allow for more content to be available at launch.
“We’re going for a new release model where we put out a good chunk of the game when it beings and then release the remaining locations over time. 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,”
“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. And in the end, that’s what we’re all looking for.”
Square Enix and IO-Interactive has decided to try a different approach with the new HITMAN. At launch (currently HITMAN has a digital only release) players will have access to a large portion of the game, IO-interactive will then release more content as time goes on (this content will be free for download).
To give us a taste of how much larger the locations in the new HITMAN will be, IO-Interactive has released the below infographic comparing the size of a mission from the new HITMAN called Paris Showstopper, with one of the largest missions from Hitman: Absolution called Streets of Hope. The Paris Showstopper mission is about six times larger than the Streets of Hope mission.
It is always frustrating when a game gets delayed, but hopefully this means that the final product will benefit from the extra development time. Luckily March 2016 is just around the corner, and it won’t be long before we can step into the shoes of Agent 47 again.