Hitman 3 is changing its name, almost two years after its launch.
Earlier today on January 3, developer IO Interactive announced via a new blog post
(opens in a new tab) that Hitman 3 would drop its entire name. Starting January 26 (right after the sequel’s second anniversary), Hitman 3 will simply be called “Hitman: World of Assassination” going forward.
After this date: Hitman: World of Assassination will be the only way to play the third game in the series for all newcomers. It’s basically IO Interactive’s attempt to streamline the entire saga, as the blog post notes, by bringing everything together under one new roof.
To that end, all owners of Hitman: World of Assassination will have the exact same content. This essentially means that Hitman 1 and Hitman 2 content, which was previously available to Hitman 3 players willing to shell out a bit more, is completely free in the renamed game.
This means that a total of 21 destinations from the Hitman Trilogy will all be immediately available in Hitman: World of Assassination for new players and veterans alike. However, you will need to purchase the Hitman: World of Assassination Deluxe Bundle to access the Hitman 1 and 2 DLC maps.
This includes Haven Island and New York, which were both DLC for Hitman 2, as well as the Seven Deadly Sins contracts, which were DLC for Hitman 3. DLC for all three games is also bundled into one purchase option.
Elsewhere, we are still waiting Hitman 3’s rogue-like Freelancer mode which was previously postponed from 2022 to this year.