This weekend's Hitman beta will require a permanent internet connection to play, Square Enix has confirmed to, but the final game will not.

Questions about the game's requirements were raised after an FAQ posted by IO Interactive yesterday stated that players "will need an internet connection to download and play the Beta throughout the Beta period". But while the beta will need a permanent internet connection, that isn't the case for the final game, a Square Enix rep told us earlier today.

"Yes you can play the full game offline after you have downloaded an episode," the rep confirmed, "but there are live elements which you will need to access online."

Those 'live elements' were detailed yesterday, and include new weekly/monthly Contracts and additional weapons and outfits. The live content will be available free of charge to all players.

Hitman's closed beta launches on PS4 this Friday, February 12, and on PC next Friday, February 19, and allows players to get to grips with the game's Prologue mission. The beta is not coming to Xbox One.

To get in you'll need to either pre-order the game digitally on PS4 or PC, or purchase the Collector's Edition from the Square Enix Store. Physical pre-orders do not include access to the beta.

The season premiere, meanwhile, which includes the Prologue mission and the previously revealed Paris level, releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on March 11.