Hitman 3 will be a timed Epic Games Store exclusive on PC, it was recently revealed.
In a blog post, IO Interactive wrote that the game will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for 12 months. “As an independent studio, our partnership with Epic has given us the freedom to create HITMAN 3 exactly as we imagined and self-publish the game to our players directly,” they said. They added that the progress and unlocks from Hitman 2 on Steam can be carried over to Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store.
The blog post also touches on Dartmoor, Hitman 3’s second assassination location. Instead of being a straightforward assassination, Agent 47 will find himself getting involved in a murder mystery. Someone has died at the Thornbridge manor in a staged suicide, and Agent 47 has to identify the killer among the family members who live there and take them out. Killing another killer, in other words.
"Every member of the family is a possible suspect and it’s been quite the challenge to make sure everything doesn’t fall apart just because the player wants to play around,” said lead writer Nick Price. “In fact, that sort of behaviour should be rewarded in a HITMAN game, so we have been working hard on making sure that depending on what a player discovers during their investigation, outcomes might differ.”
In addition, IO revealed that pre-orders for the game will begin later this month. Hitman 3 will be released on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and the Epic Games Store in January 2021.