Hitman 3 Will Become A Massive Universe
Hitman 3 is to become a massive universe by incorporating elements from the first two games in the new franchise.
Following Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement of the Metaverse, gaming companies started turning their massive gaming franchises into massive gaming universes. Rumors suggest that Ubisoft is working on an Assassin’s Creed as a live-service platform, and now IO interactive is now consolidating its recent Hitman franchise into a single game, encapsulating previously released titles and DLC into Hitman 3. Though the game won’t actually be a live service, it’s still fantastic news with many potential benefits for both the franchise and the players.
According to Destructoid, IO Interactive announced plans to consolidate its massively popular Hitman trilogy, along with all additional content, into one singular platform, titled Hitman: World of Assassination. This means that all the missions, modes, DLC, and in-game store associated with 2016’s Hitman, 2018’s Hitman 2, and 2021’s Hitman 3 will be consolidated into a single title. But that’s not the best news regarding the consolidation—the price point at which the new title is released is what makes this news exciting.
IO Interactive decided to up the price of their release to $70, mirroring the current spike in pricing across the entire gaming industry. We discussed how that’s not such a bad thing in our previous report, and this consolidation is proof of that very same fact. Namely, for a single price of $70, Hitman: World of Assassination includes the aforementioned titles, along with their respective DLCs. Hitman: World of Assassination Deluxe Pack, which costs an additional $30, adds the Hitman 3 Deluxe Pack, Hitman 3 Deadly Sins Collection, and Hitman 2 Expansion Access Pass.
This means that new players can obtain the entire Hitman gaming franchise for just $100, which is an absolute steal. However, those who already own Hitman 3 will be automatically upgraded to the new Hitman platform, allowing them to add all of their additional content from the previous games. Steam players will have an option to “complete the set” and fill in the gaps within their collection with the price reduced by the price of pre-owned content. For all intents and purposes, this release mimics that of the recent Mass Effect release, except that EA priced it as an entirely new game.
Hitman: World of Assassination is fantastic as it allows you to play the entire game from a single application, eliminating the need for installing each separate release on your gaming hardware. Basically, it now acts as a hub that allows gamers to access all three games seemingly encapsulated in a single gaming experience. It’s still interesting to see IO Interactive treating Hitman: World of Assassination as one big live game that grants the full Hitman experience. In addition to making things easier access-wise, it also greatly simplifies the purchase process for new Hitman players.
Hitman: World of Assassination is going to become the single available option for purchase on digital storefronts and the only way of playing Hitman, slowly phasing out previously released titles, including Hitman 3, which it substitutes. The Hitman: World of Assassination consolidation is scheduled to happen on January 26, across all release platforms, except Stadia—from which it actually originated.