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IO Interactive reveals Hitman 3: Seven Deadly Sins, a seven-installment expansion
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Starting next week, IO Interactive will begin a new line of premium DLC for Hitman 3 that will take players "deep into the mind of Agent 47". Titled Seven Deadly Sins, the newly revealed expansion is split into seven parts, with each 'Sin' releasing individually with a specific theme, contract, items, and other stylized elements. See the announcement trailer above.
The first of the Sins, Act 1: Greed, is launching on March 30 for the stealth title. The content pack is taking players back to Dubai for a special Escalation Contract named The Greed Enumeration, which will allow players to "carry certain items over between each of the three stages". The Rapacious Suit, as well as the themed items Devil’s Cane and Greedy Little Coin are also included here.
Each of the seven content packs will cost $4.99 to purchase individually, but IO is also offering a discounted Seven Deadly Sins Collection that will unlock all content packs as they launch for $29.99. Aside from this premium offering, other live content like Elusive Targets, seasonal events, and contracts will continue to arrive for free for all players, though now they have been renamed to Seasons of Sin.
Hitman 3 is currently available on PC via Epic Games Store, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, and Stadia. Aside from supporting Hitman 3's future content, IO Interactive is also developing an original James Bond adventure that dives into 007's origins.
By Namerah S
Hitman 3 headed to Nintendo Switch on January 20
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
IO Interactive announced Hitman 3, the third and final installment in the World of Assassination series, at the PS5 event back in June 2020. At the time, the stealth shooter was set to land on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC in January 2021. A few months later in October, a Nintendo Switch announcement followed suit.
So far, the Danish video game developer had only confirmed the exact release date for the Sony and Microsoft consoles and PC. Today IO announced the specific launch date for the Nintendo Switch as well.
Hitman 3 is scheduled to launch on the exact same date, January 20, 2021, across all the aforementioned gaming platforms. The NS release is going to happen through the cloud.
A lot of details about the upcoming Hitman 3 release have been announced so far. In August it was revealed that the game will be an Epic Games Store exclusive and that owners of the title will be able to import their old data and game locations from Steam. In the same month, IO also detailed the game modes for the January 2021 release.
James Bond origin story game in development at Hitman studio IO Interactive
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
IO Interactive, the studio most well known for its Hitman series of stealth sandbox games is taking on a new IP that involves another highly skilled operative, but a much less bald one. The studio announced today that it has begun the development of a new James Bond title. See the teaser above.
As can be expected, the working title for the game is Project 007, and it will explore an original story that dives into Bond's origin, possibly covering his early escapades as an Intelligence Agent for MI6. The game will be built on IO Interactive's own Glacier engine that powers its Hitman series. This being a third-person stealth title is likely.
"Creating an original Bond game is a monumental undertaking and I truly believe that IO Interactive, working closely with our creative partners at EON and MGM, can deliver something extremely special for our players and communities," said IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak. "Our passionate team is excited to unleash their creativity into the iconic James Bond universe and craft the most ambitious game in the history of our studio."
A release window isn't attached to the title yet, but Project 007 will be released on PC and consoles. The game is in development at IO's Copenhagen and Malmö offices, and both locations are actively recruiting more developers for help with the high profile project. IO Interactive is also preparing to launch Hitman 3 in January 2021.
Control Ultimate Edition and Hitman 3 are coming to the Switch through the cloud
by João Carrasqueira
Today, Nintendo released the last of its Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase presentations, and with it came a few announcements. One of the most notable is the fact that both Control Ultimate Edition and Hitman 3 are coming to the company's hybrid, the Nintendo Switch.
These are two current-generation titles with promises of upgrades to the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, so it may be surprising that they're making their way to the Switch. Well, it's because they won't be running on the Switch itself. Instead, these are cloud versions of the game, meaning you'll be streaming them to your console using the internet. This format had been experimented with before on the Nintendo Switch, with Resident Evil VII: Biohazard releasing this way, but only in Japan. This time, the release is worldwide.
Control Ultimate Edition features the base version of Control, originally released last year, as well as all the additional content released for the game since then. The Ultimate Edition was released earlier this year for PC and other consoles. In Control, players take the role of the head of the Federal Bureau of Control, as a "corruptive presence" has invaded the organization. You can watch the Nintendo Switch trailer below.
Control Ultimate Edition is available today on the Switch. To play the game, you can download the streaming app for free from the Nintendo eShop, which gives you access to up to 10 minutes of gameplay. After that, you can purchase an Access Pass from the Nintendo eShop, which costs $39.99/€39.99/£34.99.
Hitman 3 is a game slated for release on other platforms on January 20, and the cloud version for the Switch is said to be available "soon". It's interesting to see Nintendo embrace cloud gaming as part of its Switch strategy, and it raises the question of whether the company plans to continue leveraging the technology to gain access to more hardware-intensive games as we head into the next generation of consoles.
By George P
"Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."