When Hitman launched last year it did so through an episodic approach, with people having the choice of purchasing an Intro pack to see if they would really get on with game. If they did then the option was there to buy an Upgrade pack. Now though Io Interactive has announced that in two weeks both the Intro Pack and Upgrade Pack will be removed from digital stores, with the only purchase option being the full Hitman game.
In the coming weeks, we will be making changes to the options for purchasing HITMAN digitally. These changes have been planned since early March and will make it easier and simpler to buy the game. Our intention is to make ‘The Complete First Season’ the default option for new players to buy the game, now that all of the episodes have been released. Additionally, these changes will help us to lay the foundations for our future plans for HITMAN.
We are announcing these changes today, to make sure that existing players are fully aware of their options and to give a fair amount of time before these changes come into effect.
What this statement also appears to show is that Io are very much in control of Hitman, at least for the foreseeable future, despite being put up for sale by Square Enix. If you own the full game on disc or digitally then nothing will change. On Steam individual episodes will not be available for sale, with the store detecting which episodes you own already and charging for the ones you don’t own should you wish to complete the set. On PS4 and Xbox One individual episodes will remain available for purchase, but the default option will be the complete game.
Source: Io Interactive