New Hitman isn’t an episodic game, it’s a “platform”

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According to previews of IO Interactive’s new episodic Hitman game, it’s great – both modernising the alopecic agent 47 and taking him back to his roots.

Only, it’s not an episodic game. According to Hans Seifert, studio head at Hitman developer IO Interactive – and continuing the weird and confused marketing message – the impending Hitman is a platform.

“We want to create a platform for Hitman and I know that that’s controversial,” Seifert said to Ars Technica. “A lot of people have said: ‘why don’t you wait to ship the game?’ My answer to that is that we are shipping the game at the end of the season. So, if you’re a traditional player, you can buy it on a disc at the end of 2016, if that’s what you want. No one is stopping you doing that, but why should the people that want to come on the journey with us have to wait for all that time to pass?

Whenever we ship a game we think it’s the best possible Hitman game we could have done. Of course, that’s the same this time: we think it’s the best possible Hitman game we can right now. But, you know what? That’s not always true. There are sometimes things that you only realise could be better when you observe people playing, and we can make those improvements now because of this episodic structure.”

While that may be buzzword laden marketing hyperbole, by all accounts that’s exactly what IO is delivering.

“New Hitman takes the best of both the classic and Absolution-era games to create the best-playing title in the series yet,” says Videogamer in their preview. A sentiment that seems to be shared by just about everybody who’s played it thus far.

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There’s a closed beta for Hitman this weekend, with the first episode coming on March 11.

Last Updated: February 11, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I don’t want to go on a bloody journey with you – the way you’re spinning it’s probably a circular one anyway. It’s only a game, not a life-altering experience.

    • Umar

      LOL I was thinking the same thing…Sounds like they’re inviting people to join a cult.

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        HAHAHA!!! Now that you mention it, he does seem a little like a televangalist…

  • Umar
    • Hammersteyn

      Was thinking the same. I’ll meet mister Seifert Beeblebrox at Mordor

      • Umar

        Yeah, this guy is spinning a major fairy tale.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Maybe it has a deep, meaningful story that fans can speculate endlessly about online between episodic releases?

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    I have way too many games I still need to play.
    Seriously.
    I still need to get to Absolution.
    I still need to play Xcom Enemy Unknown
    How do people keep up with games?

    • Quit your job.

      Or like me just selectively stop playing open world/mmo/survival games for a couple of weeks.
      And once you’ve done that please tell me how. 🙂

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Quit playing survival games?
        Listen to yourself man!

        • The survival and openworld genre have really grown over the last 2 years. I miss playing ARK these days 🙁

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I find open world survival games so boring.

            “Why am I playing this? What am I supposed to be doing – just walking around trying not to die? That’s what I do every day. What is life even?”

          • Try it with other “people” 😛

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Exactly 😀

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            But that would just make the game easier. I wouldn’t have to struggle to find food.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            You have clearly not yet played ARK or The Forest.

          • Hammersteyn

            Has the ARK sailed?

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            My friends all just want to play on public servers…which is crazy because each time you log back in again the ARKholes have completely destroyed everything you owned.

        • I did say if you succeed in doing so tell me how. 🙂

          Last night alone I logged into WoW to try and get my offhand Warglaive of Azzinoth then proceeded to Ark to feed my dinos and do some admin stuff and only then I logged into X-Com 2.

    • Hammersteyn

      I chose not to choose life

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      People can’t even keep up with the Kardashians, and they’re not exactly deep.

      • Hammersteyn

        I heard they modeled Gargantuan in Interstellar after Kim’s ass

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          XD

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          HA!! Why, because it attracted Kanye?

          • Hammersteyn

            That and because it pulls in objects of great density(dense people) and makes and hour feel like seven years when you watch the putrid exhibition of humanity they portray. Also because her ass is bigger than that black hole.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Hehehe, exactly! Unfortunately, stupid people are being made famous…Reminds me of a rather specific feminist, something about a frequency, especially when some arguments are blown up to the size of that Supernova… Which reminds me….

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Yea. That’s like a rock trying to keep up with a slightly bigger rock.

  • As I read this article my mind constantly switched to “Are they trying to spin Early Access Episodic game into something cool?”

    Yes. Yes they are.

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      There is zero reason for an established dev to use early access. That defies the whole point of it.

      • Try telling that to Ubisoft and EA.

        • Hammersteyn

          I did but they dismissed me as being logical

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          Screw EA. Since their games aren’t on Steam anymore the only games of their’s I’ve gotten were the free ones. And it’s not because they’re not on Steam, it’s just because nothing they’ve released recently have been even slightly interesting.

          • Well I am buying Mirrors Edge and Mass Effect. The former because I am one of the few peeps who really enjoyed it and the latter because. #MassEffect.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            The first Mirror’s Edge kept me busy for about two hours before boring me. The autosave function was also terribly implemented, forcing you to re-do immense sections if you fail somewhere in between.
            I haven’t yet played ME3, and although I really enjoyed ME2 I didn’t seem to love it as much as everyone else.

          • To each his own but you better finish ME3 soon because I will go all Taken on your ass! 🙂

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Yea. I need to still get ME3. Luckily it’s cheap…and I do want to play it. So will get there.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            ME3 just wasn’t as good as ME2. Sorry fans, it’s true.

          • miaau

            that is true. But that does not make ME3 a bad game at all, just not as good as one of the best ever made.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No it wasn’t bad, but as the final act of a trilogy that was building up to something amazing it fell a bit flat. And that was before we got to the controversial ending.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Seriously kids, listen to Trevor… ME3 was crap, and Bioware knows it.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            This is a must then…
            http://i.imgur.com/x0NLrQJ.gifv

          • Hammersteyn

            Same here, either second hand or on a dirt cheap sale.

          • Mass Effect will be a brand new shiny CE pre-order and if I am lucky enough the R10k special edition that based on the Dragon Age one should be spectacular. Mirror’s Edge ill probs just pre-order on Origin.

          • Hammersteyn

            R10k seems about right seeing how well the rand is doing. By the time the game is out it might be around there.

          • Well the Dragon Age one was R8k.

  • Hammersteyn

    Preorders must be low or people are disinterested. I hate episodic media. Be it TV or games. I’ll binge play the whole season 1 of Hitman thank you

  • Hammersteyn

    “So, if you’re a traditional player, you can buy it on a disc at the end of 2016” #FoLyfYo

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I’ll be waiting for it… in a bargain bin near me…

  • The Sten

    “So, if you’re a traditional player, you can buy it on a disc at the end of 2016, if that’s what you want”

    Your train would have been long gone by then brah. Bottom of the steam sales list for you…

  • miaau

    So, it is a platform that content can loaded onto as time goes by. Cool concept. Wonder why this has not caught on before. Sort of like a game engine that can interpret the actual game content within a framework.

    Again, need more than strong Tea

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    The Suck is great with this one!

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