When IO Interactive became independent in 2017, they attracted a number of curiosity from corporations wanting to purchase them out. According to IGN, of the various propositions these corporations had, considered one of them was to make Hitman a free-to-play recreation, but this didn’t align with IO’s personal imaginative and prescient of their recreation’s future. Instead the studio remained impartial and grew the franchise themselves. The newest replace to that franchise comes within the type of the Season of Greed roadmap for Hitman 3.

When IO Interactive was about to be dropped by Square Enix after they lost faith in the Hitman franchise, the developer debated whether or not to grow to be impartial or permit themselves to be purchased out by one other firm. During that interval, they mentioned plans with appropriate buyers and their visions for the franchise. One of those concepts was to show Hitman right into a free-to-play recreation. As IO’s CEO and co-owner Hakan Abrak explains: “I think free-to-play is very interesting, I think there are some really cool experiences that are fit for that, but the Hitman that we made in 2016 is not one of them.”

By remaining impartial, the studio was capable of “make fundamental decisions for the studio and our games, within our own halls.” Those visions included a change of route with Hitman 2 because it moved away from the episodic format, earlier than ending the World of Assassination trilogy with the hugely successful Hitman 3. The latter recreation continues so as to add free and premium content material, having simply launched the Season of Greed that introduces the primary a part of the Seven Deadly Sins DLC plan. The developer has simply revealed the free content material roadmap for this season, which can finish on May 10.

The free content material begins on April 9 with the sport’s third Elusive Target. The Collector will seem in Dartmoor for ten days till April 19. Later on within the month on April 23, The Politician will return to Hawke’s Bay till May Three as the following Elusive Target. Because Hawke’s Bay is a free location throughout the Starter Pack in the intervening time, she might be obtainable to all Hitman 3 gamers no matter whether or not they personal Hitman 2 or not.

On April 15, the free content material continues with the primary batch of Featured Contracts from Two Angry Gamers, every specializing in the theme of greed. The duo have been the inspiration behind the Hammer Time problem on the ICA Facility Final Test map, and might be creating their contract throughout a stay Twitch stream right now, April 8. They’ll be taking a look at Dubai and Dartmoor as potential areas. Towards the tip of the season on May 6, the second batch of Featured Contracts might be launched, this time from Achievement Hunter. They’ve beforehand had a number of enjoyable electrocuting many victims in a puddle in Paris. Their contract areas embody Berlin, Mendoza, and Chongqing.

Speaking of Chongqing, that is the placement for the ultimate free content material addition of the month, an Escalation often called The Jinzhen Incident. The targets might be positioned throughout the safe ICA facility, hidden beneath the streets of Chognqing, so put together nicely. Concluding the month would be the recreation’s subsequent main replace, due on May 10. This may also put together gamers for the following Season of Sin.

Those searching for one thing to do proper now could need to take a look at the sport’s first Seasonal Event, the Berlin Egg Hunt. This occasion solely runs till April 12, so there’s simply 4 extra days to poison their targets with strategically positioned eggs attempt to unlock the Raver Outfit.

[Source: IGN, IO Interactive]