Hitman 3 gets new maps, PC VR, and more in 2022

Gunman 3’s very first anniversary is 2 months away, and designer IO Interactive has huge prepare for the video game’s 2nd year of presence, consisting of the long-waited for release of brand-new maps and modes, the studio revealed Monday.

“New maps, storylines, modes and ways to play are all lined up for 2022,” IO stated in an article. That will be welcome news for Gunman 3 gamers, who have actually revealed disappointment given that the video game’s release in January that its post-launch downloadable material — the $29.99 7 Lethal Sins growth, which IO presented in 7 parts from March through October — recycles existing maps instead of providing brand-new ones. (Gunman 2’s DLC presented 2 extra areas: a bank in Manhattan, and a resort in the Maldives.)

Information about Gunman 3’s brand-new maps, and about a “major update to the game” arranged for the spring, will come later on, however IO teased among the brand-new modes in its article: Elusive Target Game, which will provide “the ultimate Elusive Target challenge in a change to the established formula in this fan-favourite game mode.” Most significantly, IO stated that whatever in Elusive Target Game “will be a permanent addition to the game.” This is a huge offer for Hit man veterans, given that the significant disadvantage of Elusive Targets as they presently exist is that they’re limited-time occasions — there’s no other way to replay them.

2022 will be a huge year especially for individuals who have actually played — and are still eagerly anticipating playing — Gunman 3 on Windows PC. The PC variation of the video game released as a 12-month Impressive Games Shop special, so it will probably be launched on Steam and other PC stores once the video game’s very first birthday shows up on Jan. 20, 2022. We’ve asked IO Interactive for verification, and we’ll upgrade this post with any info we get.

One Gunman 3 function that PC gamers haven’t had the ability to attempt at all is virtual truth, given that the VR mode has actually so far been readily available specifically on PlayStation VR, assistance for which is restricted to the PlayStation 4 variation of the video game. IO revealed Monday that it will bring the VR mode — which enables playing the whole World of Assassination trilogy in VR within Gunman 3 — to PC in January. The studio stated that it will offer specifics on headset and platform compatibility later on, ahead of release.

PC gamers have actually likewise been waiting a long time for the arrival of ray-traced graphics in Gunman 3. A year back, 2 months ahead of the video game’s launch, IO stated it prepared to include ray tracing “later in 2021.” However that release window has actually now moved, with IO stating Monday that it will bring ray tracing to the video game at some point in 2022. The studio has actually just ever described ray tracing as a PC function — established through a collaboration with Intel — so don’t anticipate it to come to the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X variations of the video game. You can see ray tracing in action in Gunman 3’s Dubai and Chongqing levels in a video that IO launched Monday along with its article. (In regards to particular ray tracing functions, the clips appear to display ray-traced reflections at least.)

IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak appeared at the start of the video to present the studio’s prepare for year 2 of Gunman 3, and to offer 2 bits associated to the video game’s success: He stated that Gunman 3 is now “the most successful Hitman game of all time,” which the World of Assassination trilogy, which started in 2016 with the franchise reboot Gunman, has actually reached 50 million gamers. IO did not offer information on the metrics for Gunman 3’s success — for example, on whether Abrak was describing a number-of-players measurement or merely to system sales — so we’ve asked the studio for explanation.

In October, IO revealed that sales of Gunman 3 had actually produced incomes of more than 3 times the video game’s advancement budget plan, contributing significantly to the most effective year in the studio’s history. In addition to Gunman 3 material, IO is presently dealing with an initial James Bond computer game and an unannounced task.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.