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HITMAN 3 arrives on Steam and works flawlessly on Linux with Proton

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Good news for the Steam Deck. IO Interactive have finally put HITMAN 3 on Steam, after the Epic exclusive period has finished and it works out of the box on Linux with Steam Play Proton. Note: personal purchase.

Concluding the Agent 47 saga, the Steam release of course had its own drama to deal with. While it has been out for a year already on the Epic Store (which doesn't support Linux at all), it arrived on Steam at full price which has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Add to that the thoroughly confusing and long list of packages for HITMAN 3, plus Humble Store being required to separate between Epic / Steam (with the Epic version at 50% off but Steam is not) - the result added together was not a good one for IO.

They've made the same mistake as previous entries with overwhelming choice. Even I was confused by it. They don't even properly explain anywhere on the Steam store, that if you own either (or both) HITMAN 1 / HITMAN 2 on Steam, you don't actually need the DLC for their missions as you will get them automatically when you first properly load it up (as I confirmed myself). You only find that out if you go to the Steam forum.

If you don't want or don't care about the previous two games, there is a "story so far" cinematic to bring you up to speed.

For Linux fans the good news is that HITMAN 3 runs out of the box on Linux tested with Proton Experimental. Videos and all, everything just works. So, it may be late to Steam but it now makes it a click away to game on Linux and so for the Steam Deck too - which is fantastic news.

Considering the performance on my system, it should have no problem performing well on the Steam Deck. It's incredibly smooth, so it seems on the technical side IO actually did a genuinely good job at optimizing the game to begin with. I've not encountered any major stuttering, which I did see when testing HITMAN 2 with Proton originally. It also goes to show how far Proton has come in a couple years to be this good now.

If you've not played the series before it's actually thoroughly entertaining. Every level is a big sandbox for you to deal with this mission how you see fit. HITMAN is a game about stealth though, so going in hot with a big weapon is not something you're going to be doing often (or at all). Gain intel, listen in on conversations and gradually make your way towards targets to eventually take them down. Some missions can take hours to do depending on how elaborately you wish to take people down.

Something to note is that HITMAN 3, like the others before it, does need you to be online. There is a single-player offline mode but it's very limited.

If you're a Humble Choice subscriber, you can at least get 20% off on the Humble Store. Otherwise it's full price on Steam but there is a demo if you wish to give it a test.

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slaapliedje 21 Jan
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Would have been nice if they'd continued making native ports. But I feel native ports are going to be few and far apart, now that proton makes things 'just work'.
Liam Dawe 21 Jan
Quoting: slaapliedjeWould have been nice if they'd continued making native ports. But I feel native ports are going to be few and far apart, now that proton makes things 'just work'.
Well, they never did, that was Feral and they only did the first one too.
slaapliedje 21 Jan
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Quoting: slaapliedjeWould have been nice if they'd continued making native ports. But I feel native ports are going to be few and far apart, now that proton makes things 'just work'.
Well, they never did, that was Feral and they only did the first one too.
Yeah, but I mean Feral gets the license to do the ports, and then codes 'em on up. But they didn't do the second and now the third is coming out. That was my point.

Trying to remember the last one Feral did...

Aspyr did Civ6, and most people just bitch and moan about how bad it runs... which it runs fine for me (still runs faster on my desktop PC with a 3080 than it does on my m1 max macbook max pro max ultra, but not by much!)
pb 21 Jan
Wow, these reviews. Way to mess up the launch...
I play the game on Stadia and I like it, but was waiting eagerly for the steam release to be able to transfer 575h of progress from the first two games. I guess I'll just keep waiting.
slaapliedje 21 Jan
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Quoting: pbWow, these reviews. Way to mess up the launch...
I play the game on Stadia and I like it, but was waiting eagerly for the steam release to be able to transfer 575h of progress from the first two games. I guess I'll just keep waiting.
Good god! I wish I actually had time / patience / focus to play games for that long. I love the Hitman games, but still haven't spent the time to really play any but the first (and by first I mean the one that came out decades ago before they rebooted the series).

Even the games in my Steam library that have a lot of hours into them, are usually ones with separate launchers. So they sit there loaded up after I've stopped playing the game, behind some windows... and so Steam thinks I've put in 300+ hours into them, but I've likely put in less than half that!

Ha, good example of that is Fantasy Grounds, I think it says I have like 5 hours of playtime on that, but almost all of that is because I've installed it on a couple systems, and that's the cumulative time of downloading the DLC...
The online requirement thing continues to bother me about this series. I got one of the HITMANs for free (or near free?) ages ago but couldn't bring myself to play more than like 5 minutes of it after discovering that despite being a 100% single-player experience, it was gonna cripple itself if I didn't let it phone home constantly. No sale from me, faceless corporation! (*That'll* show 'em, eh?)
pb 21 Jan
Quoting: slaapliedjeGood god! I wish I actually had time / patience / focus to play games for that long. I love the Hitman games, but still haven't spent the time to really play any but the first (and by first I mean the one that came out decades ago before they rebooted the series).

Well, those are my two most-played games on Steam, aside of Civ5. With 274h in Hitman 1 and 301h in Hitman 2, which includes replaying all the missions from Hitman 1, because they haven't figured out how to transfer the progress back then. And then they couldn't figure out how to transfer the progress from Steam's Hitman 2 to Stadia's Hitman 3... Luckily they got there finally (I hope so anyway).
Brisse 21 Jan
OMG finally. There ain't many games that excite me these days, but this is something I was actually looking forward to.

QuoteI've not encountered any major stuttering, which I did see when testing HITMAN 2 with Proton originally.

I played some HITMAN 2 about a month ago after getting the last DLC's on sale and I noticed it worked with d3d12 now which actually solved a stuttering issue I had when enemies threw flash-bangs which would often totally tank the frame-rate before. Otherwise the performance was about the same, meaning it was excellent.
F.Ultra 22 Jan
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Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: slaapliedjeWould have been nice if they'd continued making native ports. But I feel native ports are going to be few and far apart, now that proton makes things 'just work'.
Well, they never did, that was Feral and they only did the first one too.
Yeah, but I mean Feral gets the license to do the ports, and then codes 'em on up. But they didn't do the second and now the third is coming out. That was my point.

Trying to remember the last one Feral did...

Aspyr did Civ6, and most people just bitch and moan about how bad it runs... which it runs fine for me (still runs faster on my desktop PC with a 3080 than it does on my m1 max macbook max pro max ultra, but not by much!)

Which could be either Feral not selling enough of HITMAN to make it interesting to also port 2 or that IO refused to sell the Linux rights to Feral (or they demanded a too high price for the license).
Liam Dawe 22 Jan
Quoting: F.UltraWhich could be either Feral not selling enough of HITMAN to make it interesting to also port 2 or that IO refused to sell the Linux rights to Feral (or they demanded a too high price for the license).
Probably a mix of things. I saw a developer at IO tweet directly about HITMAN 2 running in Proton so they probably didn't see a need to partner with Feral on it.
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