IO Interactive’s plans to permit PC gamers of Hitman 3 the “seamless” importation of Hitman and Hitman 2 into the brand new sport has hit a snag.
Hitman 2 stays unavailable on the Epic Game Store, the place Hitman 3 shall be supplied solely for the yr following its launch Jan. 20. That sport is just out there on Steam. “Due to various circumstances out of our control,” says IO, it’s unattainable for PC homeowners of each video games to hyperlink them up and convey their places into Hitman 3 as supposed.
But IO Interactive has supplied a workaround, form of, for the 2 weeks following Hitman 3’s launch.
- First, the Hitman 1 GOTY Access Pass shall be out there, free, for anybody who owns Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store. This cross shall be made out there for the primary 10 days after launch to those that purchase (or pre-order) Hitman 3.
- Next, homeowners of Hitman on Epic Games Store — together with those that picked the sport up free of charge when it was out there in August — get a free Hitman 1 GOTY Access Pass upon shopping for Hitman 3.
- Then, the Hitman 2 Standard and Gold Access Passes shall be supplied at 80 p.c off for the 14 days after Hitman 3’s launch on Epic Games Store, “and will continue to be discounted regularly.” IO Interactive has but to price the entry passes, which ship Hitman and Hitman 2’s content material into the third sport.
In August, when IO introduced the timed unique to Epic Games Store for Hitman 3, the studio mentioned that PC gamers would have the ability to “import places from the earlier two video games into Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store.” That ended up being true on all platforms — however the import is free on consoles, and prices cash on PC.
That’s as a result of gamers should import their ranges from Hitman 1 into Hitman 2 first. On PlayStation 4 (and 5) and Xbox One (and Series X), Hitman 3 will auto-detect whether or not the person already owns both previous sport on that platform, and permit them to obtain their ranges from Hitman 3’s in-game retailer. Because Hitman 2 isn’t on Epic Games Store, that course of doesn’t work for PC gamers.
As for carrying ahead their progress from Hitman and Hitman 2, that’s completed by means of an IO Interactive web site, and isn’t affected by Hitman 2’s unavailability on EGS.
On ResetEra, upset prospects and followers mentioned they’d both file for refunds and/or wait the yr out till Hitman 3 launches on Steam.
“I’d just been weighing up whether or not to bite the bullet and buy it on Epic,” wrote one. “Guess I actually will be waiting until it hits Steam next year. It’s a shame because it really looked good, but I’m not rebuying all the stuff I already own.”
Polygon has reached out to an IO consultant for extra perception on how a lot it will price, and extra remark in regards to the snafu. As it stands now, gamers who already personal Hitman and Hitman 2 on Steam nonetheless must pay for Hitman 2’s ranges with a purpose to unlock all the things in Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store.