Hitman 3: Release date, Platforms, Trailer, Plot - top most popular games in 2021
What is Hitman 3?
While it's unclear what Hitman 3 is all about, according to Hakan Abrak of IO Interactive, he's back for his most intimate and professional contract in his entire career.
This is also the conclusion of the World of Assassination Trilogy.
In the gameplay preview, we see him climbing a tall building in Dubai, but no intel on what the story is about or why he's there is given, Gfinityesports reported.
With this being the final entry in the "World of Assassination", it'll allow players to import the first and second games into Hitman 3 - meaning you'll have a HUGE amount of levels to play through.
Unlike some of the other titles revealed during the June 11 PS5 event, a release window accompanied Hitman 3's debut. You can expect to get your hands on the eighth main installment in the Hitman series in January 2021. IO Interactive has confirmed Agent 47's latest adventure will be a cross-gen title, so both PlayStation 4 owners and PlayStation 5 converts will have the option to take on the brand new campaign, Looper reported.
Beyond the fresh storyline, the developers have designed Hitman 3 as the "ultimate place to play all three" World of Assassination games. What exactly does that mean? Players will have the ability to import any locations they own from the previous two installments into Hitman 3, pulling the 20+ locations from the full trilogy into one point of access. Further, you can carry over your Hitman 2 unlocks and progression into the new title. Hitman 3's progression system will also work across all locations, allowing you to play all three games from beginning to end.
The game will be available on the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
As revealed during the August 6 State of Play, the game will also offer a VR mode which will also work with the previous two games on PSVR.
The game will also come to Nintendo Switch via a Cloud Streaming version.
The game should retail at about £49.99 or $59.99. We also know that IO Interactive will be publishing the game, as well as developing it.
We also know that the game's next-generation versions will be free upgrades for anyone purchasing Hitman 3 on PS4 or Xbox One digitally.
The Hitman 3 main cast has been revealed! Let's take a look at the characters and who they're played by.
1. Olivia Hall - Played by Isura Barbe - Brown
2. Lucas Grey - Played by John Hopkins
3. Agent 47 - Played by David Bateson
4. Diana Burnwood - Played by Jane Perry
5. The Constant - Played by Phillip Rosch
All six locations will be available at launch.
So far, Dubai and Thornbridge Manor, in England, as well as Chongqing, China have been seen.
Hitman 3 will come in two different editions, and pre-ordering either will get players the "Trinity Pack", which offers a white, red, or black suit for Agent 47.
The standard edition will include the game, while the Deluxe Edition will include the Deluxe Pack.
That pack offers a digital artbook and soundtrack, a director's commentary for mission intros, and premium outfits as part of the Deluxe Escalations.
Elusive Targets, Escalations, and Contracts are coming to Hitman 3.
Elusive Target sets up the "ultimate Hitman challenge" where you must track down a special target without the aid of the HUD or Instinct ability.
Escalations return with new elements thrown into the mix to put your assassination skills to the test. Increased security cameras, disguise restrictions, and plenty of "complications".
Contracts lets you pick your own targets and lets you decide how you want to take them out. Once you've achieved your goal, you can then share the challenge you've tailored with friends to compete for the best score.
Ghost Mode, however, will not be returning.
Agent 47 will have a new camera that allows him to hack areas to gain access without using a keycard or password.
IO has also promised an expanded arsenal, including classic Silverballers and what looks to be an upgraded sniper rifle.
Hitman 3 trailer
IO Interactive shared not one, but two trailers during Hitman 3's world premiere. The company, which will serve as both the developer and publisher for the final entry in the trilogy, set the stage with an Announcement Trailer. "It was always gonna end like this," Agent 47 warns, striking an ominous tone as the accompanying musical track ratchets up the tension. You get a glimpse of several characters and locations before the trailer culminates with the tagline "Death Awaits."
The accompanying Dubai: Cinematic Gameplay Trailer offers the first look at Hitman 3 in-engine. It's not a true, hands-on gameplay trailer, which IO promises to release in the coming weeks, but it does a good job of setting up expectations. The 45-second video shows off Dubai, one of six locations that will feature in the third installment. You see some impressive visuals delivered through "creative camera angles," including a gorgeous cloudscape at the peak of an outrageously tall building.
Hitman 3 plot
O Interactive has only scratched the surface of what you can expect from Hitman 3, but it has provided a few details about the campaign. Agent 47 will travel around the globe in pursuit of the "most important contracts of his entire career." Eliminating the partners of Providence, an ancient cabal that manipulates world affairs, will serve as his primary goal. That means you should anticipate paying Carl Ingram, Alexa Alice Carlisle, and Marcus Stuyvesant some rather fatal visits.
Agent 47 will not go it alone in this high stakes quest. Agency handler Diana Burnwood returns, and 47 will also reunite with his childhood friend Lucas Grey. You may remember Grey, or the Shadow Client, as the antagonist of Hitman and false antagonist of Hitman 2. Grey no longer has the Private Militia to do his bidding, so he and 47 will have to rely on other strategies to complete their objectives. Given the pair's plot twist infused history, you should expect things to get very interesting (and likely very messy).
Hitman 3 Will Shrink the File Sizes for Previous Series Entries
When Hitman 3 releases later this month, it seems that the game will shrink the file sizes for the previous two entries in the series. The announcement was made in a thread on ResetEra by A PathFinder, a verified member of IO Interactive's development team. Apparently, all three games with all content will clock in around 100 GB, in total. A Path Finder went on to say that IO Interactive accomplished the task by removing duplicate data and using "newer and better compression for textures." For those concerned about hard drive space, this should come as very welcome news!
The amount of space that a game takes up has become a serious issue for a lot of gamers over the last few years. As games continue growing more advanced, and as DLC becomes an expected part of any release, the amount of space taken up grows, as well. Thankfully, IO Interactive is not the only publisher making efforts to reduce the amount of space that its game takes up; last year, Fortnite developer Epic Games similarly announced that the size of its game would see a decrease on PC. Hopefully, this will be the start of a trend throughout the video game industry, said Comicbook.
The smaller file sizes are just one of the enhancements coming to Hitman and Hitman 2 when Hitman 3 releases. According to A Path Finder, the previous games have been enhanced with screenspace reflections, which should make for a prettier experience. These types of upgrades have become increasingly common of late and should help give players an extra incentive to revisit those earlier titles.
Fans can look forward to importing missions from Hitman and Hitman 2
For anyone worried about Hitman 3 leaving the previous World of Assassination content behind, here's some good news:
The game's official website quelled fans' fears with the following statement: "All locations from Hitman 1 and Hitman 2 can be imported and played within Hitman 3 at no additional cost for existing owners — plus progression from Hitman 2 is directly carried over into Hitman 3 at launch." Both of those previous Hitman games are already jam-packed with a slew of international hub locales to play around in, such as Paris, Bangkok, and Santa Fortuna.
"All of the guns in the game will support adaptive triggers and you'll feel an authentic sensation with each shot you fire," Barbour noted. "Automatic weapons also simulate recoil with every bullet and we're implementing unique haptic feedback for each weapon that is tied to the distinct sound profile of each weapon."
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