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Hitman 3’s next-gen upgrade will be free

The trilogy’s conclusion arrives Jan. 20, 2021

Agent 47 standing on a balcony overlooking an atrium in Hitman 3 Image: IO Interactive

Hitman 3 launches Jan. 20, 2021, and buyers of the either current-generation console version will get the upgraded PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version free, developer IO Interactive announced Thursday.

The game’s release date is for all six platforms: PS4, PS5, Stadia, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The free upgrade applies to digital versions of the game bought through the PlayStation Store or the Xbox Games Store. Owners of the PS4 version will be able to download the PS5 version, while Microsoft’s Smart Delivery program will give Xbox customers access to both versions.

IO Interactive is taking Hitman 3 pre-orders for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions now. The PC version is available through the Epic Games Store (where it is on sale exclusively). As to that, Epic Games Store customers can get 2016’s Hitman reboot from now, until Sept. 3, from the store’s weekly free games promotion.

the three suits in the Hitman 3 Trinity Pack pre-order bonus: white, red, and black Image: IO Interactive

Two editions are available: standard and deluxe. Customers who pre-order either one will receive an add-on called the Trinity Pack, which includes white, red, and black suits for Agent 47, comprising his looks across the World of Assassination trilogy. They’re mix-and-matchable, and all have the Hitman logo, so you know it’s artisanal-quality stuff.

The Deluxe Edition includes the Trinity Pack, as well as additional deluxe getups and in-game items, plus a set of deluxe Escalation Contracts. First appearing in 2016’s Hitman reboot, Escalations are modified mission parameters that add objectives and ramp up the difficulty. The Deluxe Edition also comes with a digital soundtrack, a digital art book, and director’s commentary in the mission introductions. At the moment, it’s listed at a price of $79.99 on Xbox One and $89.99 on the Epic Games Store; we’ve reached out to IO for clarification.

Hitman 3 is the second game for IO Interactive after it split off from Square Enix in 2017, taking the Hitman franchise with it. IO developed (and Warner Bros. Interactive published) Hitman 2 in 2018. IO Interactive is self-publishing Hitman 3.

In June, IO Interactive said players may carry their progress from Hitman 2 into Hitman 3, and those who own the first two games may play the whole series inside the new version.

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