Hitman 3 Will Be An Epic Games Store Timed Exclusive On PC

Hitman 3 Will Be An Epic Games Store Timed Exclusive On PC
Hitman 3 (Image: IO Interactive)

Snuck onto the end of a Hitman 3 location reveal, developer IO Interactive announced that Hitman 3 on PC will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the first year.

“In January 2021, you’ll be able to play Hitman 3 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC, where the game will be available exclusively via Epic Games Store for 12 months,” the developer wrote in a blog today.

“As an independent studio, our partnership with Epic has given us the freedom to create Hitman 3 exactly as we imagined and self-publish the game to our players directly.”

IO notes that players with existing Hitman saves on PC will be able to import their progression, unlocks, and locations into the Epic Games Store version.


    • Worse they claim they are cheaper and deliver a better deal than the 30% cut… but are complete cowards to pit that to a test by signing exclusions. (As it only excludes Steam).

      They could use that money to make their games even cheaper, even make developers say on the PC Trailer “Available on all platforms. Buy on Epic Games with an exclusive X percent discount.”

      Let consumers decide, promote Epic is open and cheaper… stop telling gamers you a corporate pirate with an army of lawyers!

      • Epic isn’t wrong about Apple and the comparison between that and their store isn’t the same.

        Exclusivity and free games is the only way they can build a big enough user base to compete with Steam normally.

        And as IOI said, the money helps deliver the game they really want. H 1/2 weren’t exactly massive hits. They’re top quality games but didn’t sell a whole lot. Kinda like Remedy’s games. Now that they want to self publish, it’s even harder

        • I still think Epic games is throwing around money for the wrong message, they meant to be challenging Steam… but instead just end up challenging players perception of them when they pulled this Exclusion play, and continue to do so.

          They didn’t become the good guys, they became the choice of two evils (which is now the argument of them vs Apple/Google)

          Also its weird calling it an exclusive when it only excludes Steam.

          Like how cheap and profitable could games be if they directed all that time money and energy on the Recommended Retail Price while also increasing developer earnings through direct sales (and not signing bonuses). What would happen to the consoles if PC games were advertised 25% cheaper on launch?

      • I havent seen a new game be cheaper on EGS yet, outside the rare freebie like Total War Troy. Any savings made from their lower cut seem to go straight into the developers pocket, and not passed on to the consumer.

        If those savings were passed on to the consumer, I doubt the dislike of EGS would be so high, or continued so long. It would be justified, and showing their claims against Steam to be valid.

        To me as a gamer, the whole thing stinks of corporate greed.

        • US prices were a bit cheaper, but when Epic didn’t have AUD pricing it was actually more expensive for us.

          They have AUD pricing now, but it hasn’t really been any huge price drop. Its honestly cheaper buying the box game from JB HiFi.

    • No wait…

      Epic: APPLE BAD! RAGE!

      Also Epic: Pays stupid amounts of money to make a game ‘exclusive’ to there own platform.

      Same shit Epic. SAME SHIT.

  • The equivalence of Epic having timed exclusive on their launcher to Apple requiring 30% of all payments made within their devices is going completely over my head, but go off, I guess?

    They mention it in their presser, Epic basically stepped into the role of publisher while still giving IO full control, ownership and freedom of their product. But everyone’s right, if it causes a small amount of inconvenience for us players, fuck those publishers!

    • The funny thing is that it doesn’t necessarily inconvenience us unless we view ourselves as being Steam players rather than PC players. Steam has become so ingrained and intertwined into PC gaming that any other gaming library/store is seen as destabilising base rather than giving us more options.

      I mean, it’s irrefutable when you see people comment that if a game’s not on Steam they’ll outright just not buy it, it’s such a weird stance to take.

      • I understand (and agree with) the inconvenience, I like to have all my things on the same shelf, too. But I just can’t get upset if it means that a developer gets more freedom to create the thing they want to make for us, or if a developer gets a better cut of the profits.

        • its a rare day i agree with you. but i do. so many fuckwits out there crying their fucking eyes out because on no muh game aint on steam wah. grow up.

  • I don’t mind an Indie d3veloper going Epic, but I hate it when game sequels of established series and top studio suddenly switches to Epic exclusive… IOI has been telling us for over 5 years to buy the game on Steam.

    Steam is what all their PC fans are using (cause it was the only platform that allowed them to do episodic content patches reliably for PC) the switch after I spent 100 hours playing Hitman 2 in Steam is IRRITATING.

    Never ever irritate or inconvenience a customer. Dumb idea.

    • Oh no, you’ll have to use one launcher instead of another one. Maybe it’s time to put your big boy pants on and remember another password, woe is you.

        • Why would you want to support a company partially backed by the Chinese Communist Party when they’re waging cyber & economic warfare against Australia?

      • No offense but you clearly don’t understand the ACTUAL problem here. On Steam, if you own Hitman 1 and 2, it integrates both games into one. It even updates part 1’s missions into part 2’s engine, giving you some new options and abilities. It lets you replay them with some new modes and whatnot. It was actually promised that they would continue this with Hitman 3. By going to Epic, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to do this now unfortunately due to Hitman 1 and 2 running through Steam, as the games are installed in the Steam directory. By doing this, to get the *full* experience, I guess they’ll push the idea of buying 1 and 2 again on Epic most likely. Something I definitely won’t be doing. It’s unfortunate, as I personally have a whole bunch of games on Epic store, but in this case, due to the stupid logistics of this one, I’ll be waiting for it to come over to Steam, as I want all 3 games integrated into the one like they promised and not separated across two services, separated due to this stupidity.

        • I mean, this is right here in the last paragraph.

          “IO notes that players with existing Hitman saves on PC will be able to import their progression, unlocks, and locations into the Epic Games Store version”

          Doesn’t this address your issues?

  • I am saying that change in it of itself is irritating to people on general, they see choice taken away from them, and they will have a negative reaction, even if it is slight… that effects sales, shopping us a mood experience.

    There is a well documented negative reaction to Timed Exclusives in gaming rubbing fans the wring way.

    So why would anyone in marketing ever choose to make a decision that’s risks irritating consumers… that’s my question. I don’t think sequels jumping game stores is good idea since they have established fan bases that can react.

    (P.S. WFH I don’t need pants)

  • “Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation.” – Tim Sweeney

    Phew, good thing Epic is looking out for us by signing games on exclusively. That way they control the market and block competition so they can get the entire first year’s worth of sales and can strongarm other marketplaces like Steam and GOG into playing by their rules. (Epic has said they will stop doing this if Steam changes their policy to Epic’s.) As a result, they stifle innovation and prevent storefronts from evolving in an attempt to compete by providing better experiences and services.

    Pot, meet kettle.

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