Don’t buy Hitman on Steam or PlayStation – All maps free in January | Gaming | Entertainment
If you’re thinking of picking up the entire Hitman trilogy in the January sale, don’t bother. Hitman developer IO Interactive has announced plans to bundle all three games into one package. Starting January 26, Hitman 3 will change its name to Hitman: World of Assassination. As part of the change, all the maps from the original Hitman and its sequel will be bundled with the maps from Hitman 3. Even better, if you already own Hitman 3, you’ll get the additional maps for free.
According to IO Interactive, bundling the games will simplify the purchase process for new customers, and ensure that fans have equal ownership.
IO further explains: “Hitman 3 will become Hitman World of Assassination, which will also include access to Hitman 1 and Hitman 2 through our existing Access Pass system. Current Hitman 3 owners will receive a free upgrade to Hitman World of Assassination on all platforms.
“We’re drastically simplifying the purchase experience for new players. Hitman World of Assassination will be the only option available to start playing.
“Essentially, these two changes will mean that all new players and existing Hitman 3 owners will have the same basic content ownership.
“There will be no more confusion about which edition to buy, what content you own, how to redeem old packs or import locations, etc. We’re done with that.”
After January 26, all Hitman 3 owners will have access to the ICA Facility, Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh, Colorado, Bangkok and Hokkaido maps from the original Hitman, as well as Hawke’s Bay, Miami, Santa Fortuna, Mumbai, Whittleton Creek, Isle of Sgail and the Himmelstein maps from Hitman 2. It’s on top of the Dubai, Dartmoor Manor, Berlin, Chongqing, Carpathians, Mendoza and Ambrose Island maps from Hitman 3.
If you want to play the New York and Haven Island DLC maps, as well as the Siberia and Hantu Port Sniper Maps, you will need to upgrade to the Deluxe Edition.
The Deluxe Edition also includes the Seven Deadly Sins add-on content, and a selection of Escalations, Contracts and Challenges.
The changes to the way Hitman is assembled will benefit the upcoming Freelance mode, which launches later this year.
“For many players, that will mean free content to enjoy. For others, it will mean significantly cheaper DLC prices,” IO continues. “For new players, who probably aren’t reading this here, they’ll have a much better experience buying Hitman games.
“The changes have also been made with the Freelancer game mode in mind, where being able to easily access all locations from across the World of Assassination is essential to maximize your enjoyment.”
As a reminder, Hitman 3 is currently available for just £17.49 in the Steam Winter Sale. Hitman 3 Deluxe Edition is also discounted on the PlayStation Store, where it costs £26.24.