Square Enix’s Hitman to be episodic

Square Enix has announced that the new Hitman video game will be released in chapters monthly instead of releasing the entire video game at once.

In addition, the game will have a “major live component,” says Square Enix. This mean that the majority of the game’s content will be provided via the internet.

Hitman is a video game franchise that began in the early 2000s that centers on Agent 47, a genetically engineered assassin designed to be the perfect weapon, killing international criminals assigned to him by the International Contract Agency or ICA.

Square Enix decided to make the video game episodic because they felt that it would give the company the ability to respond faster to complaints as well as give them the opportunity to improve upon the story that they’re telling.

Though some gamers think that this is a great idea, others might be annoyed by their decision. A lot of gamers enjoy getting the entire game as soon as they buy it, being able to know what happens right then and there with no cliffhangers.

What some gamers might not realize is that a lot of good can come from this. Not only will Square Enix be able to constantly add improvements and content as fast as ever, fans will also be able to witness this video game franchise taking a route that not many, if any, third-person shooter games have taken.

Square Enix isn’t doing anything new, however. Telltale Games is notorious for releasing episodic video games such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and many more. In fact, Telltale Games are introducing new episodic video games such as Batman and The Walking Dead: Michonne.

Some fans that are annoyed by this might come to find that they love the approach that Square Enix is taking. This approached has done wonders for Telltale Games, which was founded in 2004 and has been in business ever since.

If this is properly executed by Square Enix, not only will they have opened opportunities for themselves but for other companies with major franchises as well. Video game companies such as Naughty Dog and Ubisoft might decide to follow Square Enix’s lead if Hitman is successful, but only time will tell.

Square Enix does give gamers the option of buying the separate parts of the game at once. In order to do this, however, gamers will have to wait until all of the games are released.

After this, the Hitman box set will become available, providing gamers with the digital code for the games, a statue of Agent 47, an artwork book of the game and a logo clip-piece with a red tie which a signature part of Agent 47’s outfit.

The beta for Hitman will be released on February 12 while the first portion of the game will be released on March 11.

Eric Taunton
Staff Reporter

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