IO Interactive has released the first 5 minutes of Hitman 3’s opening mission, as it pits the player in Dubai to infiltrate the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa. Brought to us by Game Informer, the gameplay footage showcases the much-improved graphics, the gloriously breathtaking lighting and reflections, and a new high-tech gadget that adds a photo mode to the beloved trilogy’s conclusive tale. Hitman 3 is set to release of 20 January 2021, on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and Windows PC via Epic Games Store.
The video starts off by welcoming the player to Dubai, as we see the awe-inspiring shots of the tall skyscrapers, and are briefed on our first mission in the upcoming game. The targets, revealed to be a Carl Ingram and a Marcus Stuyvesant are partaking in an inauguration ceremony for The Sceptre. Taking control of our silent assassin, we then carefully traverse across giant support beams and scaffoldings in an attempt to infiltrate the high-rise building. An interesting detail to be noted here is that the act of climbing pipes is much faster now, compared to the previous iterations. This time around, we also have a partner in crime, Lucas Grey, an alliance we formed in Hitman 2, who will be assisting us in several missions. Previously reported leaks had suggested an optional coop feature as well, albeit not much has been disclosed on that matter. As we make our way towards the entrance, we are introduced to a new gadget in the Hitman’s arsenal of tools – a camera, using which you can scan, override and unlock windows that have special locks. Additionally, the gadget also serves as a photo mode, which is something that fans have been begging for years. The rest of the mechanics such as crouch walking and intel collection feels pretty much the same, and as always the infamous fibre wire is his preferred weapon of choice. Towards the end of the footage, we also get to see the crisp, next-gen reflections, much-refined lighting and the vast interiors providing endless room for possibilities, as a now well-dressed Agent 47 walks into a large crowd.
Hitman 3, the third and final entry to the HITMAN reboot series was first revealed during PS5: The Future of Gaming event, and will be taking Agent 47 on a journey across the globe as he eliminates the leaders of a menacing secret society. The game will also be featuring a VR mode, exclusive to PlayStation VR owners, where players will be able to experience the entire World of Assassination trilogy in virtual reality.
Back in November, we had reported on another title that IO Interactive was working on – Project 007. As the name suggests, the game will be based on the iconic, old-school, British Secret Agent – James Bond, and will follow the very first origin story for the titular intelligence officer, as players try to earn their 00 status. You can read more on that here.