Thursday, May 05, 2022
Developer IO Interactive has announced that its roguelike-style mode for Hitman 3, named ‘Freelancer', has been put on hold until the second half of 2022, despite originally being on course for a spring release.
Due to roll out as part of IO's Year 2 plans for Hitman 3, Freelancer includes a new 'Agent 47's Safehouse' map, and promises to be “the next evolution of Hitman”, according to the Danish studio. However, due to the “expansive” nature of the new mode, IO has decided to take more time with it.
“In short, this mode is quite expansive and involving,” the developer explained in an update. “It’s built for players that want to dive deeper into what a Hitman game can be and for that reason, we’ve decided to give it more time.”
IO adds that the delay is a “luxurious decision” to make, due to the success of Hitman 3. “[And] with that, we’re able to give our team that extra time to tighten the bolts and make sure that the mode is as close to our ambitions as possible,” IO continued. “We want it to land well and be a platform for Hitman players to enjoy this game world for a long period of time.”
Internal testing of Hitman 3's upcoming Freelancer mode has been met with “largely positive” feedback, and is said to be “in very good shape”. However, IO wants the additional time to “tighten the mode up and improve several elements that we think will greatly improve the gameplay experience.”
Freelancer mode will now be coming to Hitman 3 during the ‘second half of 2022’. There's still plenty in store for Hitman 3 Year Two, however, with this month alone promising new Featured Contracts, reactivated Elusive Targets, new weapons, outfits, and more, as per the roadmap below. The new Ambrose Island map is also due to arrive in Hitman 3 this July.
Thursday, May 05, 2022 @ 01:13 PM