IO Interactive announced that Hitman 3‘s Freelancer mode has been delayed to the second half of 2022 and will no longer launch this spring. To help with the wait, IO is releasing the brand-new Ambrose Island map in July, which is earlier than it was originally planned.
The Freelancer mode introduces rogue-like elements into the game’s various campaign missions and allows players to customize Agent 47’s new Safehouse. IO explains that the team wanted more time to work on the mode, and shared that it has been conducting internal playtesting and received insight from members of the community who were trusted with playable builds.
“The feedback from the playtests was largely positive and the mode is in very good shape. As we’ve said, we’re taking some extra time to tighten the mode up and improve several elements that we think will greatly improve the gameplay experience,” says IO Interactive. “Whilst we work on those improvements, we’re also preparing to dive deeper into the mode and share more of what you can expect.”
Hitman 3 also originally had an April patch in the works that included new content such as more Featured Contracts and Elusive Targets throughout May, but it is now being released on May 24.
The Ambrose Island map, which was codenamed “Rocky, will have an “intriguing narrative” as it is set before Hitman 3 and will explain a few narrative gaps within the World of Assassination trilogy’s storyline.
In our review, we said, “rich, rewarding, and highly replayable, Hitman 3 is one of the barcoded butcher’s best appearances.” If you have yet to try Hitman 3 out, the entire Hitman Trilogy recently became available for all Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
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