Posted Tue Sep 29, 2015 at 10:16 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
May seem confusing, but it does seem to make more sense.
The new 'Hitman' has already been moved to next March, but today, IO has announced some new pricing options that might make the game's interesting approach a bit more palatable. In essence, when the game drops on March 11, the $34.99 buy-in gets everything available at launch while $59.99 gets everything at launch plus the post launch content that has been discussed since the game's reveal. There is an upgrade path as well. For the $35 buyers, an extra $30 can be bought later to get what the $60 buyers will be getting.
These new options are in response to fan feedback, and indeed, if they had been part of the original announcement, I think they would have been received comparatively well. Still, those who want the content that drops on launch day can pay the $34.99 price and get it, and ultimately decide if the post launch content is worth an additional purchase.
From Hannes Seifert, studio head at Io-Interactive, "We've had a lot of feedback since we announced HITMAN that has helped us shape these next steps. It's important that we listen to fans and that we’re open with what we're doing. So today we're sharing details on our release plan and we’re announcing something the community has asked for: a new price to enter the game at launch."
Here's the official breakdown of the content schedule:
Initial launch content on March 11, 2016 will include:
-Three huge sandbox locations: Paris, Sapienza and Marrakesh
-Six campaign missions with 40 unique ways to take out your main targets
-Contracts mode for all locations with around 800 potential targets
Post launch content will include:
-One new sandbox location per month in April, May and June
-Thailand in April, USA in May and Japan in June
-Each location will come with additional missions, signature kills and more Contracts targets
-New locations will open up new weapons, tools and disguises for all locations
-Contracts mode for all locations
Live content* begins on 11 March, 2016 and will include:
-Weekly live events – including targets which will appear one-time-only for limited time only
-Weekly Io-Interactive developer team created Contracts
-Monthly promoted best community created Contracts
-New items such as weapons and disguises
You can find the latest info on 'Hitman' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
Source: Square Enix
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