IO Interactive surprised us all with an announcement for Hitman 3 today, coming to consoles new and old, plus PC in January 2021. Not only will it be a conclusion to the reboot "World of Assassination" trilogy started with 2016's Hitman, but it'll also allow players to import locations from the last two games. On top of that, you'll also be able to carry over Hitman 2 unlocks and progression to the sequel.
For Hitman fans, that's a welcome addition and improvement over the previous game. Hitman 2 also supported bringing over locations from its predecessor, but if you sank lots of hours in with 2016's outing, you had to start building up your assassin cred and arsenal all over again.
A new press release from IO also specifies that Hitman 3 will launch with six new locations, just as Hitman 2 did. The 2018 sequel later got two additional locations by way of DLC. Once again, this numbered sequel will abandon the location-by-location episodic approach: when it launches in January, players will be able to work through all six new missions and locales from the get-go.
Game Director Mattias Engström promises that Hitman 3 will provide "a very real sense of closure." As exciting as it will be to wrap up the storyline we all kicked off in Paris years ago (while possibly offing one Helmut Kruger), it raises questions as to how Hitman 3 will be supported after launch. Will there be more DLC missions? Will player-made Contracts also carry forward to Hitman 3? Are Elusive Targets making a comeback, and if so, how many more times will we kill Sean Bean?
This third installment will also mark the trilogy's third publishing arrangement. After IO parted ways with Square Enix in 2017 and kept the Hitman property, it published Hitman 2 with Warner Bros. Interactive. Last October, Warner Bros. and IO signed another deal with Warner to publish a "new console and PC game," but this time around, IOI is going to self-publish Hitman 3.
Perhaps the deal with Warner isn't moving forward, or maybe this is a sign that a new IP really is in the works at IOI, something that CEO Hakan Abrak hinted at last summer. Either way, Hitman fans can look forward to finishing out the trilogy on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or PC.