Square Enix announces that the season finale of its episodic take on Hitman will launch later this month, featuring a location that will make many fans excited.
The newest Hitman might not be heralded as one of the best releases in the past year, but it has quietly turned Square Enix's franchise around, navigating deftly through the disappointment of the last few instalments and becoming something both familiar and innovative. After Hitman was delayed, many of the series' supporters braced themselves for a finished product that would be disjointed, but Hitman delivered on its premise in a way that only the best of its predecessors had before.
Part of that success has to be attributed to the fact that Hitman is one of the very best episodic content games available today. While previous releases saw players rush through levels just to get to the next one, Hitman's episodic release schedule has forced gamers to thoroughly explore each level's nuanced designs, and the result has been a greater appreciation for the game as a whole. Today, Square Enix announced that Hitman will be getting its season 1 finale in Hokkaido, Japan, and the last episode for what has been an excellent first season will be released on October 31, 2016.
The announcement was accompanied by a trailer, shown above, that indicates the Hokkaido location will be massive and feature interesting sub-locations like an organic sushi restaurant and a traditional Japanese hot spring. The trailer also shows Agent 47 attempting to blend in with a red surgeon's mask - not all of his costumes can be winners.
The Hokkaido location looks like yet another deep, intricate level, a trend that started with Hitman Episode 1: Paris and has continued with each subsequent episode this season. Those looking for the Japanese finale of Hitman season 1 to wrap up all of this year's loose ends, however, should lower their expectations - IO Interactive lead writer Michael Vogt has gone on record with Game Spot as saying that the game's story is ambitious, and that season 1 is simply "the first act in a feature film". Agent 47 is likely to be left with more questions than answers once his stay in Hokkaido is over.
While Hitman isn't a game that is regularly mentioned alongside big releases like Gears of War 4 and Final Fantasy 15, it will be remembered as a historic release because it has proven that episodic gaming content can work when it logically fits with a game's narrative progression. Those looking to get in on history while it's happening will get another chance come Halloween, a holiday that, given Agent 47's penchant for dressing up, should feel right at home for the Hitman series.
Hitman Episode 6: Hokkaido will be released on October 31, 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.