Hitman 3 Progress Transfer Site Is Starting To Work Correctly

Developer IO Interactive set up a site to allow users to carry over their progress from Hitman 1 and 2, but it's not working right now.

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Update: In a statement to Eurogamer, IO Interactive said the progress imports are starting to work as intended. The studio is still working to iron out any issues that are affecting those who can't get their progress transferred yet.

Fans of the Hitman franchise were ready to shave their heads and don the suit of their favorite genetically-engineered assassin for the release of Hitman 3 today, but they've run into a nasty snag. The site that developer IO Interactive set up to allow players to carry over their progress from the previous games in the World of Assassination trilogy isn't working, and that's leading some fans to declare their frustration on social media.

While it might seem like a matter of simple patience, it's actually a lot more unfortunate than it sounds. Since the site overwrites your Hitman 3 save as part of the transfer process, players are essentially having to choose between forgoing transferring their progress from previous games or sacrificing any they make in Hitman 3 when the carry over site begins working again. That means some fans might make the decision to treat launch day as a trial run for the game, since they know that any progress they make will soon be nuked.

IO Interactive later added that those who received a message saying their request had "failed" had actually been placed in a queue and their claim had been processed.

Hitman 3's launch was previously overshadowed by a minor controversy when IO Interactive announced that PC players wouldn't be able to play the levels from Hitman 1 and 2 within Hitman 3 without paying an additional fee. Console players were exempt from this fee. However, IO quickly backtracked, saying that PC players will be able to access the levels for free, although they're still working on the specifics. As of now, it's heavily discounted, but you should probably wait to claim it until it's made free. Given the concrete language Epic Games is using, it's more of a "when" and not an "if."

Like the previous games in the World of Assassination trilogy, Hitman 3 received acclaim from critics. In GameSpot's Hitman 3 review, our critic Phil Hornshaw called the game a subtle refinement of the series' blueprint.

"What's good about Hitman--its level design and the creativity, experimentation, and exploration that affords--is great in Hitman 3," he wrote. "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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