Hitman's Story Is "Just Getting Started" At the End of Season 1, Writer Says

"Season 1 is the first act in a feature film," lead writer Michael Vogt says about Hitman.

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Developer IO Interactive has previously said that it's plan for Hitman on PS4, Xbox One, and PC is to have three seasons. Now, speaking in an interview with GameSpot, lead writer Michael Vogt said that the story is "just getting started" when Season 1 ends.

"We wanted to do a really ambitious story line that would span several seasons and also build this ensemble cast," Vogt explained. "In the old games, the targets were always the most interesting characters, but then you'd just kill them off instantly and move on to the next one. And now we wanted to build a much bigger main cast that will survive for much longer.

"The story's really only beginning [with the first season]," he continued. "Season 1 is the first act in a feature film. You know all the characters, you know the stakes, you know the dilemma, but it's only getting started."

Vogt said the story gets "blown wide open" at the end of Season 1, but noted that players will "get a sense of closure." When asked about why the story has felt like background decoration, as opposed to a proper video game story, Vogt said it's because IO Interactive wanted "at least the first half of Season 1 to feel like business as usual."

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"You're supposed to feel what it's like to be Agent 47," Vogt said. "You're the best assassin in the world; you're travelling the globe and killing the elite and all that and kinda feeling what it's like for Agent 47 on a Tuesday.

"The prologue, which takes place in the past, is definitely on the main story, and then the main story fades into the background and just plays out in the cutscenes where we introduce the main characters... and then towards the end [of Season 1] we merge it again. Colorado is this merging point, where from now on and going forward, the missions and the main story are fully integrated."

Hitman's latest episode released a couple weeks ago. Titled "Freedom Fighters" after the beloved IO Interactive game, the episode is set in Colorado and is said to be "the toughest assignment yet," while adding "serious momentum to the story and set[ting] up an intriguing season finale for players." The next episode ends the season and takes place in Japan.

The complete first season of Hitman is getting a physical edition in January. It costs $60 and includes every update and piece of content that's been added to the game in Season 1, in addition to some special bonuses. You can check out all that's included in Hitman: The Complete First Season here.

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Aegis_Kleais

I don't like the episodic "Pay as we develop" model. It's why I don't buy into Alpha or Beta releases. You can commit too early and at too high a price point, and quality of future products can hinge on how much money is actively coming in.

Traditionally, I buy Hitman series games. But once all the episodes are out, I cannot justify a full-price charge simply because the game has been out for so long. It's a catch 22 for Agent 47.

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PS2fweak

Maybe I'll wait until the full game is packaged together. I don't mind the structure, but you can structure a game like that without making people wait. It's literally why I like watching series on Netflix...

On another note, I hope with the next game they make their primary focus the mechanics. Stealth games need to improve overall and I really want to see a next gen(mechanically) Hitman game. We know what has worked since the beginning, so please don't tell me it's a good game. I love stealth games and I've watched enough of Hitman gameplay to know it's solid enough, but it should/could be better.

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CapmJim

Hitman has been great so far and its up there with Blood Money. I have played each map for hours and there is alot of content in the game and the final episode isn't even out yet. Really the fact that there is going to be more Hitman after these episodes is pretty great. If we have to pay for future seasons its no different than a sequel. They even said the story will have some closure, but not end, and that is basically what sequels do.

Can't believe some people are so entitled though. Hitman even without the last episode has enough content for a full game already, and even if they came out with 5 more seasons (obviously exaggeration) people would probably expect that they get all those for free. Ridiculous.

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E_J_S

I bought full experience for my main account after getting a GTX 1060, 14 hours clocked in and I haven't started Sapienza yet, still finishing things up on Paris (challenges and contracts). I agree with @Mogan ("if you buy Hitman 2016, you should really be buying it for the gameplay").

I don't mind the episodic format, as long as the delay between episode releases is somewhat "balanced". From my own experience, the only company which was a let down considering release dates for episodes was Red Thread Games (Dreamfall Chapters).

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@E_J_S: I love everything about the game, except the episodic structure. It stops me truly getting invested in the game. If they keep up the episodic release stuff I can't see me bothering with it anymore. I like to go "all in" on games like Hitman, I've been playing them since the original on PC.. I can't get into the rhythm with the episodes.

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@t1000_v2: well this isn't exactly the only or first game to do this. likewise i strongly dislike games that last for an hour and then make me to wait and jump in stores and all that. to the extent that i have pretty much stopped playing new games

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Mogan

@indigoj: You'll have to buy another season if you want to continue the story. Much like buying a sequel.

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BLACKx114

Great. I'll be renting the Season 1 physical edition from GameFly in January then. I won't spend a dime playing a game broken up into digital parts.

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alien33

The milking.........

Is "Just Getting Started"

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LTJohnnyRico

This Game is really good !! and more of a good thing is a Good thing !!

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giluxgizmo

i lost all the hype the second i heard it's gonna be an episodic series. still don't care about trying it, even though hitman was one of my favorite game series.

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@giluxgizmo: My feelings exactly. I usually lap up Hitman games, and games like it but the episodic approach really shits me.

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TwilightAngel

Wait there's gonna be another season? What about the people who bought the full game? Or the people who's getting the physical copy?

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Mogan

@twilightangel: They get the 7 episodes IO said they'd get from when that package went on sale.

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@twilightangel: you have to give them all your money plus your soul

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alien33

@twilightangel: Different season, different game = new purchase

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Mogan

Bring on more Hitman. I do not give a crap about the over arching story in this game, it is the least important aspect of the series.

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speed45823

Oh well. Just let us know when the story actually gets started so then we can maybe consider buying this game....when it comes out in full m'kay?

Also,

"When asked about why the story has felt like background decoration, as opposed to a proper video game story, Vogt said it's because IO Interactive wanted "at least the first half of Season 1 to feel like business as usual."

In other words, Square Enix wants to milk the hell out of Hitman.

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cboye18

So basically when you buy the retail version (which only contains season 1) you'll get a campaign with no ending unless you chuck out more money for extra seasons? Count me out then.

It's like they're trying so hard to repel my interest in this game. The game already seems to suffer from outdated mechanics such as poor UI, low quality alpha effects (especially during explosions) and a very poor AI system. It feels like a PS2 version of Hitman with better graphics and controls.

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wtf_666

@cboye18: No, you get the complete 1st season. THEN, they will make another episodic season and in January of 2018 maybe you can buy season 2 on disc. Episodic releases suck. But having an entirely new complete game/season and having to pay for it is normal.

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Mogan

@indigoj: What was in the full game purchase was described pretty specifically when they started selling it. Everybody knew there were going to be 7 episodes. If there's a Season 2, that's basically a sequel, and continuing a story is something sequels generally do. They are also generally sold separately. Not to mention, after 7 episodes, Hitman 2016 is as large or larger than any of the previous games, all of which launched at full price.

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Mogan

@cboye18: So far (and I haven't played the most recent episode yet) there really isn't much story at. And personally, I think that's for the best. Hitman's story was never that great, and it seems like IO finally figured out that the game they keep making really doesn't lend itself to a linear, story driven campaign. Now there's more story in the individual levels, told through briefings and ambient dialog than some of the previous Hitman games had in their whole campaign. So, if you buy Hitman 2016, you should really be buying it for the gameplay, and not a story that needs to actually go anywhere.

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derceto

This season garbage is so beaten to death already.

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long story short: we gonna milk the shit out of this game

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gamingdevil800

@al2ian: Why wait 5 or 6 years for them to make another hitman game when we can have more hitman now?

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MetaMods

@gamingdevil800: yeah its people like you makes developer find easy way to get your money. Game should be like GTA its takes time and comes out as master piece.

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gamingdevil800

@MetaMods: Its the same as buying the full game you can wait till its all done if you want to lol

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@gamingdevil800: yeah if you wanna pay 180 dollar for a game same size of blood money , be my guest

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gamingdevil800

@al2ian: 6 missions in a season plus 2 summer bonus maps. Each map lasts easily between 2-4 hours or more on one playthrough. Thats like 16 hours at least and that doesn't include the tutorial map, extra contracts and side activities. I'm fully willing to pay for another two seasons cause its the best HITMAN we've had in ages. Wait for them to all release if you feel like its not worth your cash now.

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@gamingdevil800: http://hitman.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Hitman:_Blood_Money_missions

if you look at this list ; there was 13 missions in this game all of witch same size of hitman 2016 ...

not to mention you have to pay extra for hitman 2016 summer missions

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Mogan

@al2ian: The Bloodmoney missions aren't as large as the Hitman 2016 missions. It's not even close. Bloodmoney also didn't have escalations, elusive targets, challenges, or a build-a-contract mode. This is the larger (and better) game.

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gamingdevil800

@al2ian: No you don't the summer missions were free if you bought the season pass.

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Mogan

@al2ian: It's like anything that gets a sequel is accused of being "milked."

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@Mogan: not at all , uncharted or gears of war or metal gear are good games with sequels . but each game had good amount of content for a reasonable price ... however doing tons of so called episodes (they are basically 1 level of hitman game) and seasons for sake of getting more money out of people is milking

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Mogan

@al2ian: Each of these episodes is significantly more content than any single level of the previous Hitman games. There's already more content in Hitman 2016 than there was in all of Blood Money.

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@Mogan: i have played the intro pack . and it took me like 2 hours top. so i have to disagree

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Mogan

@al2ian: Two hours to finish the missions once maybe, not two hours to complete the challenges and the escalations. Hitman 2016's episodes aren't designed to be played once and be done with.

Also, you can totally beat any of the previous Hitman missions in an hour, and except for Absolution, those games didn't have anything else to do besides that.

You're saying this game is being milked, but if you've actually played the series, you can see there's every bit as much work or more going into this new game as the previous ones.

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