IO Interactive shared its plans for Year 2 of Hitman 3 in January, revealing Elusive Target Arcade, a PC VR version, plans for the World of Assassination trilogy to come to Xbox Game Pass, and a new mode called Freelancer.
This new mode was supposed to be released this spring, but in a new update released by the studio today, Freelancer has a new target window: the second half of 2022. IO Interactive says it sees Freelancer as “the next evolution of Hitman and a whole new way to engage with the world and characters “It’s been built into the world of the Assassination universe over the past seven years. Due to the scope and involvement of Freelancer, the team says they need more time to work on it.
“The truth is, this is a luxurious decision for us to make,” IO Interactive wrote in a blog post. “Hitman 3 has been a success and with that we are able to give our team that extra time to tighten the bolts and make sure the mode is as close to our ambitions as possible. We want it to land well and be a platform for Hitman players to enjoy this game world for a long time. In fact, we’ve had several rounds of internal testing, and we’ve even shared playable builds with some of our community members of trust and base to give feedback and share ideas after extensive playtesting. All of this was done on their own machines and in their own homes to truly replicate what it will be like when we launch the mode.
“Playtest feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and the mode is in great shape. As we said, we’re taking a bit more time to tighten up the mode and improve several things that we believe will significantly improve the experience. While we’re working on these improvements, we’re also preparing to dive deeper into the mode and share more of what you can expect. With all that in mind, we’re now aiming to release the mode Freelancer game on Hitman 3 in the second half of 2022. We think it will be worth the wait.
IO has changed its Year 2 plans to accommodate this delay, including adding a few more featured contract sets than it would normally release during this month. The studio also revealed that new content slated for April has been moved to the May 24 update, including the usual ET Arcade unlocks and word that “Hitman 3 ET is back on the menu.” You can check out the new May Year 2 roadmap below:
As you can see, this May 24 update, dubbed Patch 3.110, will also include PC RayTracing. Additionally, IO Interactive revealed that their new map, now titled Ambrose Island, will be added to Hitman 3 in July.
“This new map will have an intriguing narrative for Hitman fans, as it takes place before the events of Hitman 3 and fills in some gaps in the World of Assassination storyline,” IO Interactive wrote in its blog post. “We’re excited to share more details in the lead up to release, and we’re even more excited to show you another look at the location in all its glory right now.”
For more details on Year 2 of Hitman 3, read game informant breakdown of it at the beginning of this year. If you want to discover Hitman 3, read game informant Hitman 3 review to find out why we gave it a 9 out of 10.
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