After the first episode released to some mixed responses as far as payment model and DRM was concerned, IO Interactive and Square Enix are making a return to Hitman with the second of six episodes due for release this year.
Episode 2 is scheduled to launch on April 26th, as reported by Hardcore Gamer. The second episode takes Agent 47 to the exotic coastal location of the fictional Sapienza, Italy.
Players will be able to venture through the idyllic coastal town and utilize various ins and outs to take advantage of the sights, the heights and the alleyways to take down targets. It’s been a few months since the Sapienza trailer was originally released, but you can check it out below for a brief reminder.
Discover Sunny Sapienza, an Italian town replete with luxurious mansion, medieval church, sandy beach and cramped alleys.
The map appears to be a lot bigger than the Paris map, but it’s tough to tell. The viewscape for the map is definitely large but there could be a lot of blockades and perimeter barriers set in place to prevent players from venturing too far outside the target area.
Unlike the Paris map, the Sapienza location is definitely more sniper-friendly. The wide space and open areas will easily give gamers a lot more room to experiment with long range weapons.
Following up on the release of the Sapienza episode on April 26th, there will be levels set in Marrakesh, Thailand, the U.S., and the final episode will end in Japan, according to IGN.
After all six episodes are out and available Square will release a physical pack for $60 in early 2017. You can also pre-purchase all six episodes right now and get them as they release to the public.
I love the gameplay in the new Hitman. IO Interactive really seemed to step back and focus on what made the Hitman games fun in the first place and then focus on that for the reboot. The biggest problem is that the scattered release makes it a little difficult to get too engrossed in as each episode is now releasing alongside other bigger games, which makes it tough to pay them as much attention if they were all available in a single package.
Also, the whole DRM thing on PC just really needs to go. There’s no reason that they need that many layers of DRM on top of being on Steam. That’s some 2006 troglodyte-idiocy right there.
Anyway, you can look for the second episode of Hitman to go live on April 26th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.