Before Hitman 3, everything started back in 2000 with the release of Hitman: Codename 47 by IO Interactive. The world was introduced to the assassin known only as Agent 47, who then appears in 6 more games up to Hitman 2 in 2018. Outside of video games, the franchise has had two full-length films, two novels along with a comic series. There have also been spin-offs like Hitman Go and Hitman: Sniper for the mobile platform.

Hitman 3 Trilogy

Hitman 3 is scheduled to be released on January 20, 2021 for the PlayStation 4+5, Xbox One+X/S, Windows, Google Stadia and Nintendo Switch. The release will complete the Hitman Trilogy and players who owned Hitman (2016) and Hitman 2 (2018) will be able to import maps, levels and their progress into Hitman 3.  One difference is that compared to Hitman 2, multiplayer modes and Ghost Mode being will be removed entirely.

In a statement, IO Interactive said that in honor of the 20th year, Hitman 3 is going to be celebrated in a spectacular fashion. IO confirms Hitman 3 will hit tech peak like 4K 60FPS with HDR enabled on both PS5 and Series X while demonstrating big improvements to its in-game graphics and design. IO also confirms it will push next-gen consoles to contain up to 300 NPCs / AIs on the screen at a single time. Other drastic overhauls include atmospheric effects that recreate realistic weather. The result is a Hitman experience that’s more realistic than any previous game.

Check the latest trailer

To showcase the power of its new engine tech, IO released a gameplay trailer set in Chongqing, a Chinese City dripping with both neon and rain. Glacier, the in-house engine that IO used to develop the game beautifully rendered wet ground, wet fabrics, and lighting effects of the surroundings.

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