We've said for years how we actively encourage game delays rather than play broken or unpolished products. There's too much of an emphasis on releasing glitch-ridden games with the attitude of patching it up at a later date. I mean, Arkham Knight on PC still isn't back in the shops!
But that's not the reason I'm glad to see Hitman delayed into 2016. Square Enix were going to try something new this December by releasing Hitman at full price on digital stores as an incomplete product. Essentially, an episodic or segmented release, where Io Interactive would continue to develop later chapters throughout 2016 with them becoming available as free downloads when they were ready. It's not exactly a Kickstarter model, but it's pretty damn close. 'Give us money and we'll finish this game at some point.'Click here to read more...
We're getting a new Hitman game on December 8th. Usually, this would be cause for celebration. But instead, we're very concerned about what is could mean for gamers and the way video games are released. If you hadn't heard, Hitman will only release digitally this year, at the full price of $60/£40. However, it won't be a finished product, not even close.
IO Interactive said: "What we release on December 8th is not the full game. It's a sizable chunk of it. Throughout 2016 we'll release more locations and missions until the story arc is done and finished. All of that content is included in the $60 price."
We've had successful episodic releases before with The Walking Dead, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Life is Strange, but they've been a fraction of the price (about £15 for a Season Pass) and we've had a good idea of what we're getting into. Better yet, there's usually a demo, or the first episode generally only costs a few notes. If you don't like it, you're not out of pocket that much.
Square-Enix want you to buy a part (sorry, "sizable chunk") of the game for full price, with an IOU promise that the rest of it will turn up eventually. It's not quite the same as an Early Access title as IO is keen to iterate: "Early Access can often mean something unfinished or unpolished. That's simply not the approach we're taking," and "All of the content we release live to our players will be complete and polished, whether that's the locations and missions we release on December 8th, the live events or the locations and missions that we will release in 2016. It will always be a polished Hitman experience."Click here to read more...
IO Interactive have penned an open letter to fans of the Hitman series, acknowledging that they're building a new AAA Hitman game for PC and next-gen consoles, and laying out a roadmap for the new title that will *hopefully* see a return to the glorious days of non-linearity for everyone's favourite bald assassin.Click here to read more...
While this bundle doesn't include Contracts, it does contain every other Hitman game, including Absolution. As well as this, all DLC for latest instalment has been reduced as well, should you want a few extra goodies for cheap. Thanks to Rhoobarb @ HUKD!
Note that GamersGate offer a Steam code, while Square Enix will likely require you to use SecuROM. - Jonathan
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IO Interactive have announced that they're cancelling all of the projects at the studio working on anything other than the Hitman franchise.
"The studio will focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise and is in pre-production on a new AAA Hitman project," came a statement from the studio (via Eurogamer).
"However we have taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at IO and reduce the workforce in this studio, which will impact almost half of the employees currently at IO, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today's market.
"For those affected, we are extremely grateful for the hard work which they have contributed, and where it's possible and appropriate to relocate staff to open positions at other studios within the group, we will try to do so. We are also reaching out to other companies for outplacement opportunities. We sincerely wish them well in their future careers."
Hitman: Absolution was something of a mixed bag entry for the acclaimed series, an here's what Carl said in his review:
The return of Agent 47 may see him plough through a rather farcical single player storyline, but the core gameplay allows for a fun experience when the player is given the freedom to assassinate as they please. Along with the community-fuelled Contracts mode to keep the challenges coming, overall it’s a satisfying return for the original assassin that could have been better, but is certainly worth a look.
As for Kane and Lynch, well, we can't say we're sorry to see them depart.
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Thanks to goonertillidie at HotUkDeals.
It's hard to believe this only came out in November and we're seeing it go for just over a tenner. Io's long-awaited sequel couldn't quite live up to the hype, but it's still a solid stealth adventure. After a few missions, Agent 47 finds himself working through a small town, offing local miscreants. The game's best enjoyed when trying to be as sly as possible and hopefully getting away with murder. Contracts mode extends the game's life too by letting you create your own hits or attempt challenges set by other players.
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The price for Absolution hasn’t really strayed too far from the £15 mark for some time now, but thanks to voucher code supplied above you can knock the price down a little for the Xbox 360 version. In the end it provides a saving of just over £1.50 in comparison to the next best deal.
The legacy of the series may not have been matched in terms of the freedom the player is given, and the utterly farcical storyline doesn’t help matters, but it’s not a bad game by any standard. The Contracts mode adds a little old school flavour to proceedings, but overall Agent 47’s return could have been better. Thankfully, this deal makes this a far more agreeable purchase. Thanks to woody90 @ HUKD!
Carl described Hitman: Absolution as a "messy execution" in our positive but mixed 7/10 review, but we're still known to dip into the original trilogy every once in a while. If you've yet to sample them, you can grab all three for effectively £1 each thanks to a voucher code offer from Gamefly, and save some dosh in the process. Note that you'll get Steam codes. Credit and thanks to gamestraderjames at HotUKDeals, who found this before I did.
This is the first week in a while I've seen the price not go down for Hitman: Absolution, so we'll presume it's finally going to stick for a bit. This price still saves you a bit over the competition though. Early fears about the game being a bit run-and-gun were allayed when we finally played it. You still have numerous methods to employ in order to take out your target allowing for some very creative kills. Contracts mode allows you to tailor your own contracts for other players to attempt and will add some replay value to hardcore fans.
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Hmm, the price for this keeps dropping, shouldn't be too long before we see it break the sub-£10 barrier. But if you can't wait any longer to bust out the piano wire and garrote a few reprobates you should pop in one of the discount codes listed above to get 10% off the game and get your hands wet. The game didn't quite live up to all the hype, but we're still glad to have Agent 47 back, even if he has spent a bit too much time playing Arkham Asylum.
Thanks to Thyseus at HotUkDeals.