Following its recent delay, Square Enix has confirmed IO Interactive's latest Hitman title will be released on March 11, and detailed what will be included in the digital launch package.
The March 11 release will feature the "initial launch content," which contains the Paris, Sapienza and Marrakesh locations, together comprising six campaign missions. These will all be replayable through the user-created Contracts missions, which allow players to designate new targets for assassination.
"For Contracts mode, you've got a combined pool of around 800 targets to craft your devious Contracts from, which means we're expecting fantastic things," IO said.
Live content will also start being pushed out in March. This, according to the studio, includes "time-limited targets, weekly IO developed Contracts and promoted content built by the very best of you out there."
After the initial launch, IO will release one new sandbox location per month in April, May and June, each with its own missions, signature kills and Contracts targets.
"Of course [each location will have] new disguises, weapons and ways of taking out your target. April takes you to Thailand, May will see you visiting the United States of America and June sends you across the globe to Japan."
IO Interactive has also confirmed the digital release of Hitman will cost $59.99 (or "the regional equivalent") and will give purchasers access to "everything."
"All the content we're planning on releasing, access to all live events and a secured spot in the Hitman Beta, which will be available on PlayStation 4 and PC only, [will be available for] no additional costs at any time."
A second version of the game, called the Intro Pack, will also be available and, for $34.99 (or the regional equivalent) will give purchasers all the content released in March, including the Live Events and Contracts. It will not, however, include anything beyond this, but an option to upgrade will be available for $29.99 (or the regional equavalent.)
A physical version of the game is also expected later in 2016. Square Enix has not yet confirmed exactly when a disc will be available, but it will likely be after all the content has been released digitally.
An infographic encapsulating all this information can be found below.
On September 22, developer IO Interactive announced that the release of its latest Hitman title will be moved from December 2015 into March 2016 to expand what's available at launch.
"These few extra months will mean we can add more to the launch content of the game, more than we had originally planned, and then follow with a tighter frequency of updates, which ultimately will create a better game for everyone. And in the end, that's what we're all looking for," the company said in a a statement.