Earlier this month, Io Interactive teased some upcoming news about the future of the Hitman series, and today it has delivered. Hitman: Game of the Year Edition is on its way this November as a digital release for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The Game of the Year Edition will come packing a special four-mission campaign called Patient Zero, where Agent 47 will work against the clock to stop a global pandemic that’s set to occur after he assassinates a particular target. The missions will take place across four separate locations, including Bangkok, Sapienza, Colorado, and Hokkaido. The areas will include new disguises, characters, AI behavior, and more, revamping each mission from their original appearances. There will also be new times of day to explore, and the reworked areas are said to “look and feel completely different.”
Patient Zero offers a new way to look at old locations, but Hitman: Game of the Year Edition also includes the first season of the game with three special suits and complementary weapons. Special new Escalation Contracts will utilize each suit and weapon, comprised of three stages apiece. One includes a whopping seven targets to eliminate, which should keep players on their toes.
The suits include the Corky the Clown getup with a baseball bat from Hitman: Blood Money, Cowboy suit with a magnum known as The Striker, and the Raven Suit with the Sieger 300 Ghost.
There’s more to come, too, with Elusive Targets making a comeback on Nov. 7. The first target will become available after the Game of the Year Edition becomes available for purchase.
If you already own Hitman and want to try out the extra content on its own, you can purchase Patient Zero for $19.99, and the free Game of the Year upgrade will be open to anyone who previously purchased all the game’s episodes or via the Upgrade Pack before.
The free update launching alongside the Game of the Year Edition will include a new UI, additional Contracts Mode features, enhancements for Xbox One X, Tobii Eye Tracking support for PC, lighting improvements for all missions, and a smattering of other fixes.
Hitman is far from dead, it seems, and whether you’re a seasoned vet or a newbie to the series, there’s plenty for you to do in the coming months. Looks like Agent 47 has his work cut out for him.