IO Interactive's exclusivity deal with Epic has been quite a talking point after the ridiculous predicament players ended up in, but the dev promised this will be addressed.
The studio spent months touting Hitman 3's capability to load levels from the two earlier games, but that didn't take into account the exclusivity agreement with Epic Games and its effects on players who bought the first two games through Steam.
Whole lotta dust was kicked up over this, so much that Epic's head honcho Tim Sweeney and IO Interactive both publicly responded, reassuring players there will be a solution.
Hitman 3 developer tweeted the following:
"We are continuing to work on a solution with our partners to allow PC players who own Hitman 1 or Hitman 2 to import locations from those games into Hitman 3 at no additional cost.
We guarantee that players will NOT need to repurchase the games. Until we roll that out in the coming weeks, the Hitman 1 GOTY Access Pass will be free to own for all PC players who pre-purchase or purchase Hitman 3 in the first 10 days after release.
We are so excited for you to enjoy the full World of Assassination experience. Thank you."
So, there you have it - Hitman 3 players will be taken care of regardless of their platform of choice and the Epic exclusivity will be a mere technicality, albeit the one that includes waiting.
As you'd expect, the drama immediately recycled the EGS vs. Steam animosities, prompting Sweeney to say that Epic's intentions have never been aimed at preventing players from playing games on Steam, but rather to keep growing own distribution platform.