Hitman 3 Has Officially Been Renamed, Adds New Freelancer Mode
Around the world in 80 slays.
After starting a globetrotting world that saw scores of people succumb to karmic justice via the helping hand of one barcoded assassin, IO Interactive's recent trilogy of Hitman games now exist under one roof. The World of Assassination collection spans all the locations that were visited in Hitman 1-3, ranging from a scenic racing circuit in Miami to the bustling markets of Marrakesh
Hitman 3 owners will be able to access content from the previous two games through the Access Pass system, which will be a free upgrade on all platforms. If you haven't yet played any of the Hitman games, you'll be able to dive into The World of Assassination via a new $70 bundle that is now available. This bundle includes Hitman: Game of the Year Edition, Hitman 2, and Hitman 3, while the $30 World of Assassination Deluxe Pack completes the entire collection with the rest of the outstanding DLC such as the Seven Deadly Sins campaign and the sniper challenge maps.
Freelancer mode has also gone live in Hitman, and essentially turns the game into a roguelite experience as Agent 47 tracks down a dangerous cabal of international criminals. Unlike the regular Hitman experience in which you have all the unlocked tools of the trade ready to use, you'll need to plan your approach to taking out targets. Players will have to build and maintain an arsenal of gear, choose what to bring with them, and potentially lose their loadout in a mode that IO describes as an independent experience.
The game mode relies on randomized elements and removes the scripted elements from the main campaign, creating a more dynamic sandbox in which to test your skills. Each Hitman game has enjoyed favorable reviews since the trilogy began in 2016, with Hitman 3 often called the best because of its perfect execution of ideas, storytelling, and hilariously dark methods for assassinating targets.
"What's good about Hitman--its level design and the creativity, experimentation, and exploration that affords--is great in Hitman 3," Phil Hornshaw wrote in GameSpot's Hitman 3 review. "It closes out the trilogy by brilliantly playing off everything that came before it, making use of and then subverting expectations, and rewarding players for their willingness to master the complexity of both its individual levels and the series as a whole."
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