Hitman 3 developer IO Interactive just announced the Hitman Trilogy collection in celebration of Hitman 3’s first birthday. The Hitman Trilogy is scheduled to debut in the Game Pass library on both Windows PC and Xbox, according to Comic Book, and it will encompass 2016’s Hitman, 2018’s Hitman 2, and 2021’s Hitman 3.
This is a fantastic piece of news for the fans of the World of Assassination trilogy, considering that the collection is set to launch in less than a week, on January 20, alongside Hitman 3’s Year 2 release for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox Series X/S and the now-discontinued Xbox One consoles. It’s worth noting that, besides coming to PC and Xbox via Game Pass, Microsoft’s own gaming subscription service, the game will also be available via Steam, and Epic Games Store, considering that the one-year exclusivity agreement between Epic Games and IO Interactive’s PC release ends on January 20.
IO Interactive didn’t announce a price tag for the trilogy but considering that they’re celebrating Hitman 3’s first year on the market, it’s sensible to expect at least some kind of discount or another type of special offer. And the news doesn’t end there because apparently, IO interactive has been busy with their gaming titles. Besides releasing as a part of the upcoming trilogy, Hitman 3 is also coming to another gaming platform: the PC virtual reality, which was previously available exclusively on PlayStation VR — limited to the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
The game’s developer didn’t disclose any details regarding VR headset compatibility, except that the game will support “the most popular hardware” to deliver gamers into the World of Assassination trilogy. This could very much include the newest iteration of Oculus, which uses two separate controllers in each hand, allowing gamers to aim and fling items during the VR gaming session. In addition to the trilogy collection and the VR release, January 20 will bring two additional gaming modes to Hitman 3, significantly expanding its content and playability — some of which are very competitive, and failing them results in hours-long lockouts.
Finally, IO also touched on several updates scheduled for late 2022, including a number of visual upgrades for the PC version of the game, including real-time ray tracing and support for Intel’s XeSS technology, which is a direct competition to Nvidia’s DLSS. Another super-fantastic improvement is the variable-rate shading, which improves the overall performance of the game, by dedicating less image-processing resources to the less important parts of the image.
For those that are unfamiliar with the Hitman franchise, its protagonist, Agent 47, was a renowned assassin in the gaming world long before Assassin’s Creed‘s Altair was even conceptualized. The series began with 2000’s Hitman: Codename 47 and has featured eight main installments in total, with 2021’s Hitman 3 being the latest one. The gaming series remains popular to this day, though not as popular as Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed, which is getting a new DLC. It spawned several gaming spin-offs, two live-action films, and several novels and comic books releases.
We’re only days away from the upcoming Hitman Trilogy collection, and the fans are excited about the upcoming release. What’s more exciting, though, is the fact that we’re discussing relatively recent releases, and IO Interactive isn’t making any remasters or remakes. It would be a shame if yet another trilogy collection was released to lackluster performance and several gaming issues. Did someone say “Rockstar Games?”