With the first episode of Hitman going live tomorrow (our review) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Square Enix has announced that the retail release featuring all of this season’s content won’t be available until January 2017.
Previously expected at the end of this year, Square Enix told Game Informer that the disc version is delayed because they want to focus on the episodic experience in 2016:
This year is all about delivering the best episodic experience for Hitman and that takes us to Autumn/Fall. Releasing the disc version in January just makes sure we have enough time after the season concludes to dedicate to getting the best disc version of the game out.
After the Prologue and Paris episode tomorrow, Hitman will see six more episodes in 2016, taking you to Italy, Morocco, Thailand, the United States, and Japan.
If you decide to buy the Hitman episodes one at a time, rather than buying the Full Experience, you’re able to choose which ones you want. As Square Enix told Eurogamer though, “You can skip an episode but you will miss out on some of the story elements.”
Looking ahead to the future of Hitman, Io-Interactive’s Christian Elverdam told GamingBolt that “we are sort of slowly starting to figure out exactly what portion of the next overarching story we’ll take for Season Two.” After confirming that “there will be more seasons,” Elverdam said they have quite a few ideas where they want to take the story. “So yeah, the future holds many seasons of Hitman!” he added.
Are you going to wait until next year to play Hitman?