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HITMAN - Game of the Year Edition announced with a new campaign

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HITMAN - Game of the Year Edition has been officially announced by Io-Interactive and it will have a new campaign to play through.

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Unlike a lot of GOTY editions, it's not just bundling up existing content. They will be releasing a brand new 'Patient Zero' campaign:

After the routine elimination of a target, a contingency plan to unleash a global pandemic is triggered and Agent 47 must race against the clock to prevent a virus from spreading. This four-mission campaign spans different locations in the game, each one re-worked from the original settings with new gameplay opportunities, disguises, characters, challenges, gameplay mechanics, AI behaviour and HUD elements. Bangkok, Sapienza, Colorado and Hokkaido look and feel completely different with a new time of day and new custom music created by the composer for Season One, Niels Bye Nielsen.

There will also be new Escalation Contracts, new weapons, new suits, new challenges, improvements to existing features and new lighting enhancements to all locations. On top of that, they're also teasing that they have more surprises planned.

On top of that, they're also doing a rather large patch for everyone. This patch will include a reworked interface, which I welcome. The current interface is a bit busy and confusing, so hopefully they're making it a lot clearer.

They will also be reactivating the previous elusive targets, for anyone who missed them before to give you a chance at them. Sadly though, they're still not a permanent feature, so if you failed before on one you won't get to do it again. This will happen shortly after the GOTY update. With all the extra content you can already get, like contracts made by other players, I don't really see the elusive targets being all that important as I did before.

The GOTY update will cost $20 for existing owners and it sounds like it will replace the purchase option as it is now.

See the announcement here.

Update: Feral Interactive tweeted about the Linux version:

HITMAN GOTY will launch on macOS and Linux as soon as possible after Windows! You've no idea how excited we are for the Clown Suit.

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miro 24 October 2017 at 12:20 pm UTC
whow! hitman is one of my favorites, IOI will surely take my money, the game is certainly special and I do hope that season 2 will follow next year.
lucifertdark 24 October 2017 at 1:02 pm UTC
I'm glad they decided not to leave the game as the cliffhanger it was, especially when there's a big question mark over whether there's even going to be a Season Two.
natewardawg 24 October 2017 at 1:03 pm UTC
Nice, this was a pretty fun game, I can't wait to play it some more
Spud13y 24 October 2017 at 2:16 pm UTC
It's nice to see that they are still updating this game after Square Enix let them go.
pb 24 October 2017 at 3:02 pm UTC
It's great to have the elusive targets back, as Linux users missed most of them. I just hope the GOTY port will come soon enough so that we don't miss any of the new ones either!
legluondunet 24 October 2017 at 4:18 pm UTC
it's very nice to have a video game of this quality natively available for our platform.
jens 24 October 2017 at 9:04 pm UTC
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Very cool, I'm happy to pay for this one once it's available.
Keyrock 24 October 2017 at 9:10 pm UTC
Erection level = critical
fabertawe 25 October 2017 at 9:57 am UTC
Aaaaarrrghhhh! I'm getting too far behind with my gaming. Slow down with all the good stuff
g000h 25 October 2017 at 12:23 pm UTC
fabertaweAaaaarrrghhhh! I'm getting too far behind with my gaming. Slow down with all the good stuff

Chances are, I'll miss the elusive targets the second time round too. Can't say I'm very keen on time-dependent content. (For instance, I might get back into Hitman in 6 months time, when elusive targets have "escaped".)
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