The collector’s edition for Hitman, IO Interactive and Square Enix’s newest game featuring everybody’s favourite bald assassin, has been spotted on Amazon and includes a figurine of Agent 47 cradling one of his iconic ballers. ( I said ballERs. get your minds out the gutter).
- Agent 47 “Chessmaster” Statue – A massive 10″ statue of Agent 47, considering his next checkmate
- Tie & Clip Set – The iconic tie of Agent 47 and logo-emblazoned clip for going out in HITMAN style
- Art book – A hardcover art book with 60 pages that take you deeper into the World of Assassination
- Digital Game Download – Contains your code to download your copy of the full game
The standard physical edition of the game will be released at the end of the year for the regular price of $60 and will contain all of the parts being released separately during the course of 2016.
In related news, fans who had digitially preordered their copy of Hitman awoke yesterday to a message from Sony stating that their preorder had been cancelled by Square Enix. The message, posted by VideoGamer news editor David Scammel, stated that there had been changes made to the product, and therefor all preorders were cancelled.
This message resulted in panic, and rumours started to spread that Square Enix was once again pushing back the release date. In an effort to put the fans’ fear at ease, Square took to Twitter and announced via the official Hitman account that the game would still be released on 11 March and that the reason for the cancelled preorders were a result of a few tweaks that they were making to the game.
If your HITMAN preorder is cancelled, don't panic. Release date is still March 11. We're adjusting a few things & will update in a few days.
— HITMAN (@Hitman) January 13, 2016
Square Enix has since announced that the game will be “fully episodic” meaning that you will now have the option to buy each part individually, as opposed to the initial idea of paying the full $60 and receiving each part as it is released.
The new release schedule is as follows (via Gematsu):
- March 11 – Prologue Mission and a Paris, France location.
- April – Sapienza, Italy location.
- May – Marrakesh, Morocco location.
- Afterward – Monthly content updates, including three additional locations; Thailand, the US and Japan until the season concludes in Japan later in 2016. With weekly live events and additional planned content in between the monthly updates
The pricing for each entry is as follows:
- Intro Pack ($15) – Contains Prologue and Paris levels.
- New Locations ($10) – Each new location will be released as a $10 add-on to the Intro Pack.
- Upgrade Pack ($50) – Users who buy the Intro Pack can upgrade to the Full Experience through this package.
- Full Experience ($60) – Includes all of this year’s content as it’s released, and guarantees them not to miss any live or bonus content
At E3 last year, Square Enix revealed what appeared to be the most ambitious Hitman title yet. Agent 47’s newest adventures will take him to various locations from across the globe, which is nothing new, but this time Sqaure Enix promises even more freedom in how we carry out our murderous schemes in some of the biggest locales we’ve ever seen in a Hitman game.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Hitman games, despite their fairly clunky mechanics, and I’ve spent hours replaying the missions to see how many different ways I could send a target to an early grave. With bigger locations and even more assassination methods available, Hitman looks to provide many hours of replay value to keep us busy between each part’s release.