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 Recreation Retailer, the place Hitman 3 shall be provided completely for the yr following its launch Jan. 20. That sport is just accessible on Steam. “Resulting from numerous circumstances out of our management,” says IO, it’s not possible for PC homeowners of each video games to hyperlink them up and produce their places into Hitman 3 as meant.
However IO Interactive has provided a workaround, form of, for the 2 weeks following Hitman 3’s launch.
- First, the Hitman 1 GOTY Entry Cross shall be accessible, free, for anybody who owns Hitman 3 on Epic Video games Retailer. This move shall be made accessible for the primary 10 days after launch to those that purchase (or pre-order) Hitman 3.
- Subsequent, homeowners of Hitman on Epic Video games Retailer — together with those that picked the sport up without cost when it was accessible in August — get a free Hitman 1 GOTY Entry Cross upon shopping for Hitman 3.
- Then, the Hitman 2 Normal and Gold Entry Passes shall be provided at 80 p.c off for the 14 days after Hitman 3’s launch on Epic Video games Retailer, “and can proceed to be discounted recurrently.” IO Interactive has but to cost 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 Video games Retailer for Hitman 3, the studio mentioned that PC gamers would be capable to “import places from the earlier two video games into Hitman 3 on Epic Video games Retailer.” 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 Collection 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. As a result of Hitman 2 isn’t on Epic Video games Retailer, that course of doesn’t work for PC gamers.
As for carrying ahead their progress from Hitman and Hitman 2, that’s completed by way 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 simply been weighing up whether or not or to not chunk the bullet and purchase it on Epic,” wrote one. “Guess I truly shall be ready till it hits Steam subsequent yr. It’s a disgrace as a result of it actually appeared good, however I’m not rebuying all of the stuff I already personal.”
Polygon has reached out to an IO consultant for extra perception on how a lot this may value, and extra remark concerning the snafu. Because it stands now, gamers who already personal Hitman and Hitman 2 on Steam nonetheless must pay for Hitman 2’s ranges with the intention to unlock all the pieces in Hitman 3 on Epic Video games Retailer.