After topping UK sales charts, Hitman 3 has already recouped its development costs according to developer IO Interactive.
The Danish studio, who also self-published this closing part in the Hitman reboot trilogy, have been delighted with Hitman 3’s launch week sales.
Outperforming Hitman 2, IO Interactive “have been really happy with the Hitman 3 journey”, buoyed by the game’s success as they push forward with new projects. Not only has Hitman 3 sold well, it’s also one of the highest rated games of 2021 so far with an OpenCritic average of 86, securing an early spot on those GOTY shortlists.
Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, CEO Hakan Abrak outlined the game’s success and what it means for the developer:
It has been a labour of love between our fans and everyone at the studio. As the developer and publisher, we are immensely proud that we can say Hitman 3 is already profitable. We have recouped the total project costs in less than a week. That puts us in a really good place and allows us to confidently move forward with our ambitious plans for future projects.
We’ve been able to create a game that our players will love and bring it to them in the most direct way possible; developed and published by IOI. Having that focus early on has kept us on a path that we all believed in. Everyone at the studio was behind the vision for the game and they know the Hitman universe better than anyone.
Hitman 3 wraps the stylish and inventive trilogy perfectly, having scored an 8 out of 10 in our review. Hitman 3 is now available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, as well as Google Stadia and Nintendo Switch.
We can’t wait to see what other projects IO may have in the pipeline. Last November the team announced that they are working on a James Bond 007 game – a perfect fit for the studio, if you ask us.
As for Hitman 3, there’s a chance that we’ll get to explore even more locations via post-launch DLC. There’s been no confirmation as of yet though it’s worth mentioning that Hitman 2 had a season pass following release. We’re also waiting for news on the return of Hitman’s Elusive Targets. These time-limited contracts have appeared in both Hitman and Hitman 2, offering exclusive rewards with a twist: you only get one shot at killing these targets with no saves or restarts.