The latest game in the Hitman franchise turned heads when it was announced that the title would be releasing in an episodic format, rather than the standard all-in-one package that gamers were accustomed to. Although many took issue with the style of purchasing each individual mission seperately, the game quickly received a significant fanbase and left many questioning just how well episodic gaming can work.
As it turns out, if the game is good enough, people won't have a problem with buying it - a conclusion can be drawn now that Hitman has achieved an impressive 5 million players and counting. The news was announced by developer IO-Interactive on Twitter, who thanked the game's community for its hand in making the latest in the long-running franchise a great success.
HITMAN now has more than 5 million players!— IO Interactive (@IOInteractive) August 3, 2017
Thank you to our entire community for your continued support & making the game a huge success! pic.twitter.com/ik9mBAUtt8
This announcement comes not long after the game's first level was made free for all players across every platform, allowing stealth fans to trial the latest Hitman for themselves before committing to buy the remaining levels. IO-Interactive, a recently fully-independent company after the split from Square Enix, seems committed to keeping the Hitman franchise afloat and this decision might well have helped immensely towards this goal.
What's more, there is an enormous amount of content to be found in just the opening level of the game, giving the Paris setting a lot of replayability without even purchasing the rest of the episodes. IO-Interactive has put a lot of work into making each episode feel like a worthwhile purchase, which leads us to believe that the episodic format really works for this developer in particular - at least with the Hitman franchise.
As for what's next for Hitman, the voice actor of Agent 47 himself has some thoughts about the direction the series should take. Pitching a Pokemon GO-esque concept, David Bateson wonders how the latest advancements in technology could allow players to live out their own Hitman experiences, finding targets in the real world without being spotted by other participants.
It's an interesting concept and definitely something we'd like to see explored in the future, but for now IO-Interactive can be proud of its accomplishments when it comes to Hitman's entrance into the latest generation of gaming.
Hitman is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.