I’ve been a fan of the Hitman games since its first entry in the early 2000s. I remember being blown away by the idea that I could assume the identity of any random NPC with a quick flex of my fiber wire and stealing their clothes. Since then, I’ve played through every Hitman game more times than I can count and the newest entry is in my top three most anticipated releases of 2016. For those of you who are excited about the game as much as I am, Square Enix released some more information yesterday, detailing a bit more of what we can expect from this rather ambitious title.
For starters, the beta will start on 12 February and will be available to anyone who pre-orders either the Full Experience or Intro Pack from the PlayStation Store, as well as those who purchase the Collector’s Edition. All of these pre-orders will also come bundled with the Blood Money Requiem DLC as an incentive to get your money in early.
In addition to being the first people to get their hands on the beta, PS4 fans also have access the exclusive content in the form of 6 bonus contracts called The Sarejevo Six. These contracts tell their own self-contained stories revolving around some of the former members of the paramilitary agency known as the CICADA. Our favourite bald assassin will hunt targets across the globe, with one contract being made available in each location from the game.
The first PS4 exclusive contract is called The Director and will be available when the game launches on 11 March.
Your target is Scott Sarno, Director of European Operations for the CICADA private military corporation. He is a thirty-year veteran of clandestine operations and has been linked to a number of questionable operations in Europe and the Middle East as far back as the mid-nineties. He is highly trained and incredibly observant, you should expect him to be accompanied by several CICADA agents at all times.
Square Enix has stated that their episodic approach is inspired by the success of television series and they hope to spread it out over multiple seasons. In addition, we’ll also get a bit more background on some of the characters that we knew well from the earlier games, with 47’s ex-handler, Diana Burnwood, being mentioned specifically.
The episodic nature of Hitman allows us to craft both individual stories centred on Agent 47’s targets as well as longer season stories involving 47, Diana Burnwood, the ICA, and an entirely new main cast.
The structure is inspired by contemporary TV series’ and will unfold over multiple seasons. To begin with, the overall story and the individual mission stories run in parallel but as the first season progresses, the tracks will merge and become one.
So, are you excited yet? No? Watch this trailer. If that doesn’t dial your keen levels up to 11, I don’t know what will.