Anyone who’s pre-ordered Hitman for PS4 will have early access to the beta starting on the 12th of February. A week later on the 19th, those who’ve pre-ordered the game for PC will gain access too. Xbox One users, you’ve not been invited. This is awkward.
Hitman is set to launch on the 11th of March as a fully episodic experience. This means that you’re not going to have access to hundreds of levels straight away, right from moment of disc insertion or clicking of “play”. Rather you’ll have access to levels as they’re rolled out each month, with the aim that it’ll replicate the feel of a T.V drama in character and story development. Square Enix and Io Interactive promise that each level will have a level of scope we’ve never seen before in a Hitman game. Essentially saying that each area should have enough to satisfy a true sadist for a month or so. It’s almost a subscription structure, without the subscription in the most basic sense, and I do understand why they’ve made the decision. However I’m not entirely convinced it’s the right one. The whole appeal, and large success, of predecessor Hitman: Blood Money was thanks to the variety of levels and constant flitting between exotic and intriguing scenarios. Whilst encouraging players to replay a large level over and over panders to their vision of a Hitman game and the whole “puzzle” element that showcases the many wonderous assassinations you can perform; it might strip the game of the “fun” it once had. Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked with my passionate opinions; back to the news.
What’s in the beta?
The Hitman beta is set twenty years in the past at a top secret ICA recruitment and training facility. It revolves around the how Agent 47 was recruited into the organisation and how he met his long-time handler, Diana Burnwood. If you’re a fan of the series, this sounds pretty unmissable.
For PS4 users, you can guarantee your access to the beta by pre-ordering either the Full Experience or Intro Pack by going on the Playstation Store. In addition The Hitman Collector’s Edition will also include access to the beta. Whichever version you’ve purchased, you’ll also get the Blood Money Requiem Pack.
PS4 users will also have access to an exclusive contract called “The Sarajevo Six” when the beta launches. It’ll task Agent 47 with six individual contracts to hunt down these targets, with one contract available in each location from the game. These members are part of a private military organisation called CICADA and are nasty pieces of work, so naturally we need Agent 47 to put them to sleep in as many creative ways as possible.
When the game launches in March, PS4 users will also have exclusive access to a contract entitled “The Director” where you’ll have to take down the Director of Operations, who directs – you guessed it – CICADA.
All these “packs” and releases are rather confusing, so here’s some clarification on what you need to know if you’re interested in playing Hitman.
- “The Full Experience” refers to those who’ve bought the game priced at $60.00 or £45. You will have access to absolutely everything.
- “Intro Pack” will be $15.00 or around £10. It’ll include the Prologue and Paris locations. Each subsequent location will cost you another $10 or £6-7.
- “Upgrade Pack” will be for those who’ve purchased the “Intro Pack” and want all the post launch content as it arrives throughout 2016. It’s priced at $50 or £35.
- There won’t be any micro-transactions.
- April will see users able to access Italy, and May will bring Morocco. Check out full details here.
Here’s the original blog post for some further details on the Hitman Beta.
Hitman will be released for PS4 and PC on 11th of March. PS4 users will have exclusive early access to the beta, starting 12th February. PC users will gain access one week later on 19th February. Find out more about Hitman here.