Hitman 3 was announced at Sony’s June PlayStation 5 event. The IO Interactive developed title is the final game in the rebooted trilogy and the conclusion to Agent 47’s current story. Here is everything we know about the PS5, Xbox Series X, & PC trilogy finale.
Hitman originally released in 2000 on Windows PC and has been the face of the stealth gaming genre for over two decades. The series got a reboot in 2016 with the critically acclaimed ‘World of Assassination’ trilogy.
The final chapter makes its wildly anticipated debut on next-gen consoles. Here is everything you need to know about Agent 47’s finale, and what to expect from the IO Interactive developed game.
Hitman 3’s next-gen debut
Hitman 3 was officially unveiled alongside the PlayStation 5 during Sony’s ‘Future of Gaming’ event on June 11. Despite its marketing, the title will also be releasing on Xbox Series X and PC, as well as current gen consoles.
The game’s announcement was accompanied by a cryptic one minute trailer, which depicts Agent 47 being hunted down. A narrator gives the chilling tagline “it was always going to end like this. Only death awaits.”
Developer IO Interactive revealed more information on their website, stating Hitman 3 is be the end to Agent 47’s plot. “HITMAN 3 is the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy and takes players around the world on a globetrotting adventure to sprawling sandbox locations,” it reads.
The summary also hints further at what we can expect from the release. “Supported by his Agency handler, Diana Burnwood, 47 joins forces with his long-lost friend Lucas Grey. Their ultimate mission is to eliminate the partners of Providence, but they are forced to adapt as their hunt intensifies.”
The game, of course, immediately picks up after the events of its predecessor, but so far not a lot is known about the plot. However, marketing seems to heavily imply themes of “death” – could this be the end of 47?
England also features in one of the missions for Hitman 3, in which see Agent 47 don the moniker of a private investigator a la Hercule Poirot or Murder, She Wrote. The Thornbridge Mystery sees the player trying to solve the murder of a family member. It’ll be interesting to see how this ties in with the main plotline.
- Players who own the first two games can import all 20+ locations into Hitman 3, essentially bringing the entire trilogy together under one roof.
- If you play the entire trilogy from front to back within Hitman 3, progression carries over. In an example given by the devs, “you can unlock an item in Dubai and take it with you to Paris.”
- Hitman 2 weapon progress and unlocks can be directly carried over to the final game.
- It will be a platform for all three releases.
Hitman 3 also features six locations. The entire campaign will be available when the game launches, so players won’t have to wait for updates to finish the story. IO has released a gorgeous cinematic trailer to show off the first locale.
Pre-orders and bonuses
With only two options to choose from when ordering Hitman 3, the developers have kept the choices available to players relatively simple. The Standard Edition ($59.99 USD/£54.99 GBP) includes only the base game, whereas the Deluxe Edition ($79.99 USD/£74.99 GBP) includes a hefty amount of extras for long-term fans of the series to work their way through.
Including skins, digital books, Deluxe Escalation contracts, and more, this edition is well worth picking up. As an added bonus for pre-ordering, regardless of what edition players choose, they’ll receive the Trinity Pack, featuring monochromatic versions of Agent 47’s iconic suits in red, white, and black.
As an added bonus, players that physically pre-order the game will receive Agent 47’s passport, featuring locations and targets of past games for that Hitman nostalgia-rush.
These editions are available for pre-order via:
- USA (Limited Run Games, Deluxe Edition exclusive)
- UK (Game)
- Ireland (GameStop)
- Italy (GameStop)
- Belgium (Game Mania, Smartoys, Playerone)
- Netherlands (Game Mania, Nedgame, Allyourgames)
- Germany (GameStop)
- Austria (GAMESONLY, GAMEWARE)
- Switzerland (GAMEWARE)
- Sweden (Spel & Sant)
- Spain (GAME)
Unlike many next-gen games, Hitman 3 actually has a release window. The final chapter of the current trilogy make its debut on January 20, 2021.
Hitman 3 will be released on all major platforms (PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Stadia) on January 20, 2021.