hitmanYesterday we reported that the PS4 pre-orders of Hitman had been cancelled and there was no explanation why. Now we know and it is because the folks at IO Interactive and Square Enix have decided to turn the upcoming title into an episodic game. This seems to go against what they had initially announced, which was that they were going to release the game in full.

However the switch to an episodic nature also meant that the pricing model had changed, which was why the PS4 pre-orders had to be pulled. So what can gamers expect now? For starters as the developers had promised, there will not be any delay. However the March 11 release will only see the release of the prologue and the first mission.

Other parts of the game, like the Italy and Morocco missions, are expected to be released in April and May respectively. According to IO Interactive, the reason behind this is to ensure quality. “Now, we’ve always said we won’t put anything out until it’s ready. That means what we release has to hit the quality level you have come to expect from a HITMAN game. To ensure that level of quality, we made a big decision on how we’re releasing HITMAN.”

As for how it will be priced, gamers can go ahead and purchase the game in full for $60, except that you should know that you won’t get everything upfront. Alternatively you can choose to spend less by purchasing the Intro Pack for $15, which contains the prologue and first mission. You can opt to purchase later missions for $10 each, or $50 for the entire bundle which will end up costing you $5 more.

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