Hitman Episode One – The Showstopper

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IO Interactive's creative director has said that the studio was "expecting people to be sceptical" about Hitman's episodic model, but believes there is "much less worry" about it now following the release of the game's first episode.

"We were expecting people to be sceptical up front", Christian Elverdam said in the latest issue of EDGE. "There's this old quote: 'Everyone loves progress, but no one really likes change'. We can't really persuade anything that this is a good idea, I think. We'll have to let the game speak for itself.

"I recently toured around with the preview code for [Episode Two] Sapienza, and the feedback was really good. When I look at forums and general chatter about it, I see much less worry about it after [Episode One] Paris came out than before. Before, people were really talking about how much content there would be, and I think if you really dig Hitman and you turn off the hints you don't need, there are a lot of hours in Paris, and I think it starts to click with people why it's a good idea that the next episode then comes out and there's a new, fresh level instead of just barrelling through."

Hitman had originally been due to launch with multiple locations in December, but was later delayed to March to ensure that enough content would be ready for launch. The studio later announced, however, that it would be reducing the amount of launch content to a single location and transitioning the game to a "truly episodic" model.

Reducing the number of launch locations absolutely "felt more natural to us," however, Elverdam adds, "because it meant we could absolutely polish Paris and Sapienza more".

Hitman's first episode launched on PS4, Xbox One and PC on March 11. A release date for the second episode is due to be announced this week.

Source: EDGE #292

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oldskoolgam3r's Avatar


I am kicking myself I bought the full game. Now I have to wait for each mission and cannot just move on after completing the last one. I dont want to go through a level again and again killing every way possible, that makes the game monotonous.

I want to be able to come back to levels after I have completed other levels and not have to wait months for the next level. I certainly wont be caught out like this with any other game, I will wait until all levels are out before even considering buying it.
Posted 16:56 on 30 March 2016

AMcG@ JonahFalcon

christ i'm a dull bastard!
Posted 15:40 on 29 March 2016

AMcG@ JonahFalcon

in US and Canada it's spelled with a k, in UK it's with a c.
Posted 15:40 on 29 March 2016
JonahFalcon's Avatar


It's spelled SKEPTICAL, not "sceptical".
Posted 12:58 on 29 March 2016

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Release Date: 11/03/2016
Developer: Io Interactive
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Stealth
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 56 7
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