News | Ambrose Island is the new map of Hitman 3

IO Interactive shows off the new sandbox map for Hitman 3, called Ambrose Island.

On July 26, the new map of Hitman 3 will be released as free DLC for everyone who owns the game. Ambrose Island is a tropical island inhabited by pirates, and Agent 47 will at least have to kill their leader.

“Ambrose Island is a hidden cove, home to a dangerous pirate syndicate operating in the Andaman Sea,” IO Interactive said in a blog post. “The fully exploreable sandbox location is packed with new targets, gameplay options, challenges, unlockable rewards, and is free to all Hitman 3 owners.” One of the new rewards is the Guerrilla Wetsuit, which Agent 47 is already wearing in the trailer.

Ambrose Island is the latest new map to be released this month for Hitman 3. At the moment, the Himmapan Hotel in Bangkok is in the rotation of free locations, players can obtain that level until July 17. Last Friday, Vicente Murillo returned as Elusive Target, he’s in the game until the end of next week. Check out this month’s full content roadmap here.


News | Second year of content for Hitman 3 announced

Another year of new content will be coming to Hitman 3 in 2022, IO Interactive has announced.

The company has announced that. In January 2022, the content trajectory for the second year should be fully revealed, with new maps, stories, modes and surprises “that players have been asking for for quite some time”.

IO has already confirmed some new features that should come to Hitman 3 in early 2022. The game will support virtual reality on PC from January 2022. An arcade mode will also be coming to the game that month with Elusive Targets. Ray tracing will also be added to the PC version of the game sometime in early 2022.

Hitman 3 is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, Switch via Cloud, Epic Games Store and Google Stadia. The game is already playable in VR on PlayStation.


Review | Hitman III

In 2016, IO Interactive changed the Hitman formula considerably. In large, open and self-contained levels, it is up to the player to track down and knock down a number of targets. Whether you do that with a bullet through the head, by poisoning a drink, or by making it look like an accident, doesn't matter. It's a setup that can hardly surprise almost five years later, but still stimulates creativity.

In essence, Hitman 3 differs very little from its predecessors. As Agent 47, you’ll traverse six levels in search of your fatal victims, who you can assassinate in many ways. Hitman has to rely mainly on the structure of the levels and fortunately this part is very good.

This is how Dubai excels because it gives that unadulterated experience of hiding yourself in plain sight. A decadent party of a very wealthy Arab in the world’s tallest skyscraper is the perfect scenario to listen in as you mingle with the mob. You look for opportunities and the right time to strike, without anyone realizing that you exist at all. The underground disco in Berlin also gives you this sensation, with the added twist that your targets are also chasing you there. This creates an exciting and funny cat and mouse game, in the midst of raving revelers.

A personal favorite, however, is the Dartmoor level. While you’re there to commit a murder, a detective arrives to investigate the suspicious death of a housemate earlier that day. That offers countless possibilities for the more creative assassin, but it would be a shame to reveal too much. Let’s just say Hitman 3 really pays off when you replay levels and test alternative approaches.

Some later levels sacrifice some creativity in order to tie the story together. In any case, Hitman 3 puts a little more emphasis on the story, with movie-like openings and intros. Cleverly enough, you can always skip those intros when replaying. For example, the Dubai level first opens with a Mission Impossible-like infiltration in which you hang on the outside of the skyscraper, but you can also start right away in the lobby for the next session or even start as a catering employee.

It is precisely these kinds of alternative scenarios that make Hitman so much fun to replay and discover what’s possible. From a “realistic” bill to an absurd attack: every level is home to everything. They actually get more fun the more you have seen the level. Because if you suddenly see on your way to the exit that there was also the possibility to blow up your target with an explosive golf ball, then you naturally want to find that golf ball next time.

Hitman 3 does not make a lot of news at the same time. Even the main flaw of the previous parts remains, you actually always have to be online to play, otherwise your progress will not be tracked. You do not unlock new weapons, gadgets, costumes and starting points in the level, while Hitman is all about that.

It is also noticeable that the cutscenes are very compressed for unclear reasons, and are therefore bursting with artifacts. Well, you will not play Hitman 3 primarily because of the story, but it is a shame. Although the game runs fine on both generation consoles, there are some minor bugs and flaws in the gameplay. Occasionally we could not complete a certain action because it did not appear that we had to press a button. In addition, when reloading, it happened a few times – in different levels – that well hidden bodies were immediately found.

Half a decade later, the formula is also showing more and more cracks. Bodyguards react mediocre when they find their employer dead and unceremoniously dispose of the body. There is no manhunt or lockdown. And in the previously acclaimed Dartmoor level, the experience is a bit bursting when the investigation is still being pretended to be in full swing, when in reality the mystery has been solved long and wide, and something else may have already happened to keep you busy.

IO Interactive certainly manages to get the most out of it one last time, and also to close the story of the World of Assassination trilogy. It is high time that Agent 47 worked in a different way again, and IO Interactive reinvented the formula. Until then, we would like to play Hitman 3 again. And again. And again. Until we’ve really seen every scenario.

Score:

8,0

+ Rewards exploration and creativity
+ replaying makes each level more and more interesting
+ Very diverse levels
+ Beautifull settings and details

– Almost obliged to always be online
– Some small bugs here and there


News | Launch trailer Hitman 3 reveals more locations

IO Interactive has released a launch trailer for Hitman 3.

The trailer reveals more locations, among other things. This includes a wooded area, a Chinese alley and a club, as well as the previously revealed levels in Dubai and England.

Hitman 3 is the final installment in developer IO Interactive’s trilogy and is set to become protagonist Agent 47’s “most personal adventure”. Among other things, the game adds permanent shortcuts, which open new paths when players play the game again.

The game is also fully playable in virtual reality and owners of Hitman and Hitman 2 can import locations from those games to the third part.

Hitman 3 will be released on January 20 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, Switch and PC.


News | The First Five Minutes of Hitman 3

A new video shows the first five minutes of gameplay from the upcoming Hitman 3.

These are the first moments of the opening mission in Dubai, in which Agent 47 climbs over the tallest skyscraper in the world.

Hitman 3 is set to be the final installment of the reboot trilogy and Agent 47’s “most personal installment” yet.

The game will be released on January 20th for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, Epic Games Store and Google Stadia. A cloud version should be available on the Switch later.


News | IO Interactive unveils new gameplay footage Hitman 3

IO Interactive has unveiled new gameplay footage of Hitman 3.

The trailer is an introduction to the game’s world, in which Agent 47, among other things, penetrates a skyscraper in Dubai and a mansion. IO Interactive also touches on Elusive Targets and Mastery Tracks, where twenty levels with new starting locations and items are available per level.

Hitman 3 should be the final installment of the reboot trilogy and Agent 47’s “most personal installment” yet. Also, the game can be played entirely in virtual reality on PlayStation VR.

Hitman 3 will be released on January 20 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One Stadia and Nintendo Switch. The Switch version is a cloud game.


News | Hitman 3 will be released on January 20, 2021

IO Interactive has revealed the release date of Hitman 3: January 20, 2021.

The game will be released on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Epic Games Store and Google Stadia. It was previously announced that the game will be on PC for a year exclusive or Epic Games Store.

There will be two editions, a standard edition and the deluxe edition with additional items, the digital soundtrack, a mission with the developer commentary and an art book.

People who purchase the PS4 or Xbox One versions of the game can upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X versions at no additional cost. On PlayStation consoles, this is only possible with the digital version.


News | Halloween is coming to Hitman 2

Hitman 2 will receive a Halloween event called the Escalation Contract and it will start this week

Developer IO Interactive has not yet announced what the event actually entails. However, a new trailer has been unveiled today and the short video shows the theme of the update: classic horror movies.

In the trailer we see Agent 47 with a frightening carved pumpkin on his head  and he is out for revenge. Not allot is revealed in the video, but it’s clear that the Hitman has again pulled out a number of separate costumes. In addition, we see that he drags his victims to a sort of altar, but what his plans are is still unclear.

The Hitman Halloween event is open to everyone with the free Hitman 2 starter pack. This means that players can even participate in the event when they don’t have the full game. Moreover, the game mode remains playable even after Halloween.