The Hitman video game franchise been up in the air in recent weeks, making longtime fans of the series very nervous. Square Enix, who published the last two main games in the series, 2012’s Hitman: Absolution and last year’s episodic release simply titled Hitman, and also developed mobile games for the series such as Hitman GO and Hitman: Sniper, decided that they were going to part ways with the creator and developer of the games, IO-Interactive.
Square Enix attempted to sell IO-Interactive, but instead IO was able to buy themselves back, making them an independent developer once again. We still don’t know exactly what the future holds for the Hitman franchise. But to kick off their return to independence, IO has decided to make the first location in their episodic game available to play for free.
You can read more about it and watch a video below.
This is big news: We’re making the first location in HITMAN free to download for everyone!
“I’m proud to announce that our first hello as an independent studio is to invite all gamers to play the beginning of HITMAN for free. There is a lot of love out there for HITMAN and with this offering we hope that many more will fall in love with the game. We believe that this is Hitman at its best. So jump in and give a try.” – Hakan Abrak, CEO Io-Interactive.
The ICA Facility will be available as a free download on PS4, Xbox One and PC starting today – and we’re extremely excited to see more players try the game. The download includes absolutely everything that we’ve released for that location; two story missions (including all cut-scenes), two Escalation Contracts, more than 40 challenges, 17 achievements and trophies, plus thousands of player-created missions in Contracts Mode – all of that is now available completely free of charge.
Players who download the ICA Facility for free will be able to keep all of their progress when they upgrade to the full game – plus we’ve lined up some discounts on the full game to make this a great time to buy. We’re talking up to 60% off on some platforms!
If you’ve already played HITMAN, thank you for supporting us! If you want to help us spread the word, Hitman.com/free is the link to share with friends and family. There are also discounts on the Bonus Episode and Requiem Pack, so take a look at the store to see if there’s more Hitman content waiting for you there.
While we await word on whether or not there will be a new game in the series, or perhaps a season two of the episodic release format introduced most recently, season one is available now on a physical disc or digitally.
Also, you can head right here if you’d like to see trailers and gameplay videos from the game.
Try HITMAN for FREE and become the Master Assassin!
Play everything in the first location from the game. Experiment, Improvise, try things and have fun: Welcome to The Playground
Anyone who downloads the game for free will have full access to everything included in the ‘ICA Facility’ location;
– 2 Story missions, including all cut-scenes
– 2 Escalations Contracts
– 40+ Challenges
– 17 Achievements/trophies
Download now for PS4, Xbox One and PC