"Gamers Don't Want Unfinished Content," Square Enix Exec Says About New Hitman
Square Enix Europe CEO stresses that the new Hitman will be a full game at launch.
The new Hitman is changing things up from past games, in that Square Enix plans to launch new episodes of content on a regular basis following its launch to keep people interested. Some have voiced concerns, however, about not getting a "full" experience at launch for their $60. But in a new interview, Square Enix Europe CEO Phil Rogers stresses that the version of Hitman fans play on day one won't be an "unfinished" game.
"We want to keep the business model very simple," he told GamesIndustry International. "There's going to be one price, so we're not talking microtransactions, and it allows us to evolve the content itself... Gamers don't want unfinished content, so we're being very clear. This is going to be AAA, polished Hitman as you'd expect. But we can continue to create experiences, so the world only expands. We're experimenting."
Dead by Daylight | Haunted by Daylight Teaser Trailer Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III - Official Multiplayer Trailer Genshin Impact | Cutscene Animation: "The Time Has Yet to Come" Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Be Greater Together Trailer Forza Motorsport Everything To Know Assassin’s Creed Mirage - Everything To Know The Lamplighters League - Launch Trailer Warcraft Rumble | Date Announce Teaser Trailer The Division 2: Year 5 Season 2 - Puppeteers Launch Trailer Kiborg - Asteroid Trailer Modern Warfare III - 'Aftermarket Parts' Intel Drop Trailer Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 - Official Ember Gameplay Spotlight Trailer
Rogers cited Just Cause 2 as an example of a game that could have benefited from ongoing support.
"We left that world from a production standpoint three months before we shipped the game, and yet consumers have spent the next five years in that world," Rogers said. "If we'd continued to evolve that world for consumers we think they would have enjoyed it."
The executive went on to say that Just Cause 2, released in 2010, to this day has hundreds of thousands of unique monthly players. He also said Square Enix is looking for ways to "get more content to consumers" across all of its games, though he didn't specifically cite this year's Just Cause 3.
Square Enix has not yet announced exactly what content will be available for Hitman on day one, though that information should be revealed soon.
The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.