Hitman 3 is coming soon to consoles and PCs on January 20. It's one of the most anticipated video games of 2021, and it will be available almost everywhere. But for those looking to pick it up on the Epic Games Store, there's a big catch involved.
Hitman 3 is the third and final installment of the World of Assassination trilogy. Agent 47 has been through a lot in the last two games, and he's looking to finish the job in this final game. This game will be available on consoles and through the Epic Games Store on PC, but this is problematic for those who purchased the other Hitman titles on Steam, which will not have the third game available for pre-order. With the Epic Games Store's exclusivity, Hitman 2 Steam owners will have to purchase the game all over again.
One of the key features of Hitman 3 is not only being able to import saves from previous games, but also being able to play the levels of Hitman 1 and Hitman 2 if players already own the games. But if players have purchased Hitman 2 through Steam, then pre-order Hitman 3 through the Epic Games Store, they will have to purchase Hitman 2 again through Epic in order to have access to those levels.
If players pre-order or purchase Hitman 3 or Hitman 3 Deluxe Edition before January 30, they will get Hitman 1 Game of the Year Edition along with the DLC for free, so they don't have to worry about repurchasing the first. Also, players with a save file from Steam's Hitman 2 will be able to bring over their characters to the EGS's version without an issue. But to get those Hitman 2 levels, and to be able to play through them again, players will have to buy the second installment again through Epic.
While getting Hitman 1 GOTY as a Hitman 3 pre-order bonus is a pretty good deal, it loses something when coupled with the fact that Hitman 2 will have to be repurchased. And, knowing that players would have to re-buy it when coming from Steam, the Epic Games Store is putting the second game 80% off for the first two weeks after Hitman 3's launch. But for many players, this sale leaves a bad taste in their mouths.
However, if players are not interested in reliving all of Agent 47's past, they can purchase the game through the EGS without hesitation. Also, those who own the games through consoles won't have to worry about this either; those saves and levels will transfer over without an issue.
With the release of Hitman 3, the current iteration of the Hitman series will come to a close. There's a lot of history leading Agent 47 to this point, and IO Interactive is closing it up with one last hurrah.
Said hurrah will bring the story of the current generation of Hitman to a close in Hitman 3, which sees Agent 47 and his estranged brother taking down a secret organization. IO Interactive has now officially confirmed each of the game's six locations. Each one of these will (presumably) offer a lot of replay value and many methods to accomplish its assassinations. The first location has been known for some time and even shown off a bit: the top floors and exterior of the tallest building in the world, located in Dubai.