IO Interactive promised new content for Hitman on October 24, while telling fans not to expect Season 2 yet. Today is October 24, so the studio is delivering on its promise. IO Interactive announced today Hitman – Game of the Year Edition.
"This is our first new content release since becoming an independent studio and we had an absolute blast putting it together for you. We hope you enjoy playing it as much as we did making it – get ready to have your multi-coloured socks blown right off!" said IO in its statement.
Game of the Year Edition will cost $60 for new players, while existing players can pick up the GOTY Upgrade for $20. Both versions will go live on November 7, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The new edition of the game includes all of the content from Hitman The Complete First Season, which means every location, all of the challenges, every Escalation Contract, and every Featured Contract. It also offers the new Patient Zero campaign, and three new suits (Clown, Raven, and Cowboy), each with themed weapons and themed Escalation Contracts.
Patient Zero is a four-mission campaign taking place in Bangkok, Sapienza, Colorado and Hokkaido. All four locations have been reworked, offering "new gameplay opportunities, disguises, characters, challenges, gameplay mechanics, AI behaviour, and HUD elements," in addition to a new soundtrack by Season One composer Niels Bye Nielsen.
"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," explains IO in the Patient Zero synopsis.
There will be a free update for the game on November 7 as well. The update will offer a redesigned UI, lighting improvements on every mission location, HDR support, enhancements for the Xbox One X, and a tweaked Contracts Mode.