Hitman Disc Version Release Date Announced

Not until 2017.


Hitman's first episode launches digitally tomorrow, March 11, but if you're looking for a disc version, you'll have to wait until 2017. Square Enix and IO Interactive announced today that the physical version of the stealth-action game will come out in January 2017, featuring all of the previously released story chapters.

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It was also confirmed today that April's Hitman chapter take place in Sapienza, while May's installment is set in Marrakesh. Three further episodes, set in Thailand, the United States, and Japan, will follow. There will be seven total episodes, all of which will be included with the "Full Experience" edition (via Eurogamer).

Sapienza is a coastal town where players will explore a church, a mansion, and catacombs. Your target is bioweapons scientist Silvia Caruso. Your task is to not only kill Caruso, but also break into his lab and destroy a deadly virus.

The Marrakesh mission, meanwhile, sees players tracking down a Swedish banker convicted of fraud. He's locked himself in a consulate and you need to get in and take the banker down, while a riot bubbles over outside.

Digitally, you can buy Hitman in these packages:

  • Intro Pack (prologue and Paris) - $15
  • Upcoming locations -- $10 each
  • Upgrade Pack (if you bought one and want the rest) -- $50
  • Full Experience -- $60

GameSpot's Hitman Episode 1 review scored it a 7/10.

"Hitman's opening act isn't ground-breaking, with a host of tiny problems lending it a dated feel," reviewer Peter Brown said. "When you drop a body into a freezer, there's no animation connecting the process together; there's a hard cut from dragging the body to hiding it. Load times are frustratingly long, lasting just under a full minute when reloading saves. This alone is especially disappointing, given how fun it can be to iterate on your methods by reloading saves and experimenting, a process that's tainted by extended downtime.

"However, Hitman's a veritable playground that will delight you with its open-ended design, comical NPCs, and contract creation tools. These qualities, and the flexibility to be as hardcore or laid back as you want, are much appreciated, even if they don't disguise Hitman's lesser qualities."

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