Agent 47’s latest outing has not gone quite as smoothly as planned, with Hitman 3’s launch plagued by server issues that prevented many users from importing save data from Hitman 2, and even preventing people from playing while connected in online mode.
IO Interactive are now saying (in a statement to Eurogamer) that things should be “running smoothly” for new players trying to carry data into the new game, and that continuing issues where mastery levels aren’t matching and items aren’t unlocked should be resolved when players fully quit the game and reconnect to servers.
It’s worth noting that this only pertains to level mastery, which unlocks items and perks for each level, letting you replay them with new drops, starting points, disguises and so on. Escalation contracts and mission story completions are not carried over into Hitman 3, though that won’t really limit what you can do in-game.
In order to port your progress across from Hitman 2 to Hitman 3, you must visit the dedicated profile port website – https://profile.hitman.com. You will be prompted to do so when you first load up the game.
Here’s what will be ported across:
- Your Hitman 2 rank.
- Level mastery XP and any unlocks from levels you’ve played in Hitman 2.
- Completed challenges and any unlocks from Hitman 2.
- Elusive Target suits and rewards from Hitman 2.
The caveats are as follows:
- This is a one-time deal and you cannot backport progress to Hitman 2.
- If you have played any Hitman 3 before doing this, your progress will be overwritten
- You are importing progress made from Hitman 2, not the original Hitman, which you must first carry forward into Hitman 2.
- You can only do so within a particular platform family, so PlayStation to PlayStation, Xbox to Xbox and PC to PC.
- You cannot import rewards from Hitman 1’s GOTY Escalations.
- There is no ICA Electrocution Phone in Hitman 3, so that will not be imported.
Player progression is fairly important for Hitman 3, as it is a direct continuation of the story told through Hitman and Hitman 2, and has been pitched all along as such. This even extends to being able to unlock an ‘Access Pass’ for these first two games if you own them, or buy the pass afresh, and thus gain access to all the previous levels and content found in the trilogy.
It’s a somewhat convoluted set up. First, make sure that you’ve redeemed the Legacy Edition of Hitman or Hitman GOTY in Hitman 2 (which is possible with the free prologue of the game), then, if you’ve bought Hitman 2 digitally, you can simply head into Hitman 3 and download the respective Access Passes. If you’ve bought Hitman 2 on Disc, you need to load up that game and redeem the Access Pass within Hitman 2 to make it available for Hitman 3. On Xbox, you might still need to have the Hitman 2 free starter pack to get the ball rolling.
On PC, the game is exclusive to Epic Games Store, which has caused its own kerfuffle, as Hitman 2 cannot currently be imported. IO Interactive have promised that they’re working on a solution with Epic, but the Access Pass is available for 80% off for the first 10 days.
It’s a fuss, but it’s worth it. In our trilogy-ending review of Hitman 3, Jim wrote:
IO have learned a lot over the past five years and that really shows in Hitman 3. It’s a flashier, more fluid evolution of IO’s original template – a rewarding conclusion to one of the most unique video game franchises around, and one we’ll continue playing for many weeks and months to come.