Hitman and Hitman 2 to be Free to Hitman 3 Owners


  • Hitman and Hitman 2 to be Free to Hitman 3 Owners

    There is also a new name for Hitman 3.
    Bald man cloaked in shadow wearing a suit and red tie stands to the left side. On the right are the words "Hitman World of Assassination - 1 game - 21 destinations" and smaller thumbnails of each map shown below.

    IO Interactive is renaming Hitman 3 to Hitman World of Assassination. Along with this change is word that those that own Hitman 3, soon Hitman World of Assassination, get free access to both Hitman and Hitman 2 from the World of Assassination trilogy. This free upgrade will be available to everyone on all platforms starting January 26, 2023.

    This ties in with IO Interactive trying to simplify the purchase experience for new players. As it stood, buying the latest Hitman trilogy was a tad bit too confusing. There were various upgrade paths based on which previous games you owned. Then there were deluxe editions and premium add-on bundles. Then you could technically play all three games within Hitman 3, and it was just a mess.

    As of 26 January 2023, the following changes are planned to come into effect.
    • HITMAN 3 will become ‘HITMAN World of Assassination’, which will also include access to HITMAN 1 and HITMAN 2 through our existing Access Pass system. Current HITMAN 3 owners will get a free upgrade to HITMAN World of Assassination on all platforms
    • We’re drastically simplifying the purchase experience for new players. HITMAN World of Assassination will be the single available option to start playing.
    Essentially, these two changes will mean that all new players and existing HITMAN 3 owners will have the same base content ownership. There will be no more confusion over which edition to buy, what content you own, how to redeem Legacy packs or import locations, etc. We’re done with that.​
    IO Interactive further broke down the new purchase options for new players.
    • Hitman World of Assassination (~$70 USD): Includes Hitman 3, Hitman 2 (Standard Access Pass), and Hitman (GOTY Access Pass)
    • Hitman World of Assassination Deluxe Pack (~$30 USD): Includes Hitman 3 Deluxe Pack, Hitman 3 Seven Deadly Sins Collection, and Hitman 2 Expansion Access Pass
    That's it. There will be just two purchase options. If you want the games, you choose the first option. If you want the DLC content, you choose the second option. If you want the games and extra DLC content, you purchase both. The World of Assassination Deluxe Pack adds in two additional destinations, two additional sniper maps, the Seven Deadly Sins content, and six deluxe Escalations, Contracts, and Challenges.

    IO Interactive is also going to make it a bit easier to "complete" your missing content if you choose to do so. There will be different options available to you based on which platform you are playing on.

    We want the experience for new players to be straightforward and concrete. We believe the above changes will achieve that. However, for existing players, who cover a huge matrix of different ownership combinations, we’re being a little bit more flexible – but still with a strong approach for simplicity.

    The reason for this flexibility is that we know many of you own certain games or DLCs but not others, and we don’t want to force anyone to (re)buy what they already own. We think that’s a good enough reason to still have a few options – but these options won’t be front and centre for new players. The idea is to keep these details visible to those who might need them.

    On Steam, we are going to implement ‘complete the set’ functionality for the three DLC packs included in the HITMAN World of Assassination Deluxe Pack (H3 Deluxe Pack, H3 Seven Deadly Sins Collection and H2 Expansion Access Pass). This will mean you only pay an even split for whatever content you don’t own. For example, if you own 2 of the DLCs, you’ll only pay $10 for the remaining DLC, rather than having to pay full price for the full Deluxe Pack.

    On other platforms, we’ve added each individual DLC from the new WoA Deluxe Pack (H3 Deluxe Pack, H3 Seven Deadly Sins Collection and H2 Expansion Access Pass) to the IN-GAME store, again priced with an even split ($10 USD each). If you own some (but not all) of that content, you’ll be able to buy whatever you’re missing – at a new and reduced price.

    An important detail that we want to be clear about amongst these changes, is that we’re removing the standalone HITMAN 1 and HITMAN 2 products from sale on all platforms. If you already own these games, you’ll still be able to access them in the exact same way that you do today. Of course, the majority of the content included in these games remains playable through HITMAN World of Assassination, with all of the improvements that were introduced with HITMAN 3.

    On that note, and for extra clarity, HITMAN 3 will remain available in its current standalone form through the upcoming ‘HITMAN – World of Assassination’.​
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