IO Interactive announced that the PC version of Hitman 3 will be a game exclusive for 12 months for the Epic Games Store. They also celebrated the release of Hitman 3 by distributing Hitman (2016) which will be FREE from August 27 – September 3 on Epic Games Store.
Hitman 3 is IO Interactive’s first game that they released independently without the help of Square Enix. They have been separated from Square Enix since 2017 and Hitman 2 release itself was assisted by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. Hitman 3 has also been confirmed by IO Interactive that it will bring all progress and locations from the Steam version of Hitman 2 if you have the game.
In addition to Hitman 3 “Timed Exclusive” announcement later, IO Interactive also announced a new location, Thornbridge Manor, Dartmoor, England.
In a statement from the CEO of IO Interactive, Hakan Abrak, he explained why the Epic Games Store is the right platform for all independent companies. “Releasing the Hitman 3 game alone is a very big step for IO Interactive, where we want to become an independent studio.” said Abrak.
“In addition, this partner relationship with Epic has given us the freedom to create games that match our desires, our fans and our community without exception.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
IO Interactive also announced that Ghost Mode and the components for Sniper Assassin will no longer appear. Hitman 3 will release for Xbox Series X, PS5, Xbox One, PS4 and PC in January 2021.