Hitman Game Of The Year Edition – Available November 7th

Hitman is one of those games, I think, that doesn’t get enough air time. There are people out there that really like the series, me included, but it just feels like this is one of those series that never gets talked about as much as it should.

If you don’t know about the game, it is a stealth video game series developed by the Danish company IO Interactive. Previously published by Eidos Interactive and Square Enix. IO Interactive remained a subsidiary of Square Enix until 2017, when Square Enix started seeking sellers for the studio, IO Interactive completed a management buyout, regaining their independent status and retaining the rights for Hitman, in June 2017.

The series, so far, has had 9 games in the series. Out of the 9, I have played or purchased 5. There have also been Hitman films as well.

According to IO Interactive, they will be releasing a Hitman Game Of The Year Edition – it includes the game itself, plus all the content from Season 1, and a new campaign called Patient Zero.

Hitman Game Of The Year Edition will only be available via digital options, not physical, but it will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on November 7th.

According to IO Interactive, the Patient Zero campaign will feature 4 operations that take place in reworked variations of existing areas, and will have “new dialogue, briefings, and audio tracks.”

“After the routine elimination of a target, a contingency plan to unleash a global pandemic is triggered and Agent 47 must race against the clock to prevent a virus from spreading,” reads the new campaign’s description. “This four-mission campaign spans different locations in the game, each one re-worked from the original settings with new game play opportunities, disguises, characters, challenges, game play mechanics, AI behaviour and HUD elements. Bangkok, Sapienza, Colorado and Hokkaido look and feel completely different with a new time of day and new custom music created by the composer for Season One, Niels Bye Nielsen.”

According to IO there will also be new weapons, new challenges, and new lighting enhancements.  This is ALL THE content for Hitman Game Of The Year Edition:

Hitman Game of the Year Edition

Hitman: The Complete First Season

Patient Zero Campaign

Clown Suit and themed weapon: Corky the Clown is back! This fan-favorite from Blood Money returns in Hitman and his red wig, colorful socks and giant shoes look better than ever! Not only does the clown suit look great, but it’s the only way to carry his signature weapon without attracting attention. A New Bat will trigger custom sound and visual effects every time it is used.

Raven Suit and themed weapon: Where tactical meets practical and stylish, you’ll find the Raven Suit. This is the perfect choice for Agent 47’s sniper operations. The Raven Suit is black and charcoal with the finest gloves and pockets for every tool. The Sieger 300 Ghost is a unique ICA variant of the Sieger 300 and the all-black rifle perfectly matches the Raven Suit for high-precision, high-damage long-range engagements. It’s got a suppressor, an extended scope with four levels of zoom and the Marksman perk, which allows you to improve your aim and slow time.

Cowboy Suit and themed weapon: The Cowboy suit is steel blue on patriotic white and comes complete with a beautiful set of albino alligator boots, sunglasses and a cowboy hat as pure as Colorado snow. Naturally, the belt buckle is the size of your fist. Accompanying this suit is The Striker; a magnum pistol that packs one hell of a punch. Not only does it have increased damage at all ranges, it also knocks back targets and has piercing rounds.

Three themed Escalation Contracts: We’ve created a new Escalation Contract for each new weapon/suit combination. You’ll be dressing in each new suit and using each new weapon as you complete Escalation Contracts with some brand new complications based on some new game play mechanics. We’ve themed these new features with each suit to make for some unique experiences. Each Escalation comes with a new starting location unique to that Contract and all the Escalations are made up of three stages, so expect the challenge to ramp up quickly – one of the Escalations reaches seven targets, something we’ve never done before in this game. Completing each Escalation Contract will unlock the corresponding weapon to be used in all locations across the entire game, which means that Clown Only, Striker Only runs are now possible.

Hitman Game Of The Year Edition will be available as a regularly priced game for $60, however!  If you already have everything from the Season 1 content, IO is allowing you to purchase the new content from Hitman Game Of The Year Edition for only $20 through what they are dubbing the GOTY Upgrade.

Beyond all the new content for the game, Hitman will also be getting a patch which will update the game’s interface and add Xbox One X enhancements such as:

A redesigned UI with a new colour scheme and visual style: A fresh new look across the board and re-organised menus to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

New Contracts Mode features: ‘Trending’ helps you find the most popular contracts, making sure you can easily find a new challenge.

We’re also adding 10 ‘Conditions’ that will add huge depth to Contracts Mode, such as restricting disguise changes or requiring players to use a specific exit. Anyone who creates a contract will be able to toggle these conditions to set a more defined challenge for their contract.

Major lighting improvements to all missions: New color grading, readjusted HDR adaptation rules and re-designed skyboxes mean that our locations look more vivid, vibrant and lifelike.

Commemorative Elusive Target Unlock: If you played any of the Elusive Targets we released during Season One, we’re giving you an in-game coin to commemorate your progress and thank you for your support.

Xbox One X Enhancements: A whole host of enhancements are on the way for Xbox One X owners, including options for native 4K and a higher frame rate.

Tobii Eye Tracking support for PC: Enhance your killer instincts with Dynamic Light Adaptation, Extended View and a new special feature added specifically for Hitman.

Various fixes and improvements:

Full release notes will be published closer to 7 November. That should be enough time to start thinking about your default load out for each location.

While Square Enix is no longer associated with IO Interactive, they are now an independent company so I think we can start to see more and more content, updates and of course Season 2 content – though there are no plans for Season 2 content just yet.