Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive have announced a publishing and distribution agreement today, and as a result, Warner will handle publishing of Hitman's definitive edition that will be released on 18 May 2018.
Hitman: Definitive Edition will add new outfits for Agent 47 that are inspired by previous titles from IO Interactive. These include Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas. The Definitive Edition will also include all the previously released content for the game, as well as the updates from Hitman's first season. The release will also mark the 20th anniversary of IO Interactive.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president, David Haddad has mentioned their ''excitement'' to work with IO Interactive, emphasising their previous work on the Hitman franchise. It is only confirmed that Warner Bros. will be publishing the Definitive Edition, as there was no mention of potential future Hitman movies or series. This is still not off the table though, as it was noted that the publishing deal is only a ''part of the agreement''.
Hakan Abrak, the CEO of IO Interactive stated he is happy with the agreement, as it will remove the burden of publishing the game from the developer studio and let them focus on actually developing future content.
Hitman: Definitive Edition will contain IO Interactive's 20th Anniversary Outfit Bundle, with suits from IO's previous titles, Hitman Season One which includes all of the seven locations from the main game, Game of the Year content that include the Patient Zero Campaign, three Escalation Contracts as well as the Clow, Cowboy and Raven Suits from the digital release.
While this edition contains just about all the content that was released for Hitman so far, it will also have some limitations. The additional content is not pre-loaded on physical copies of the game and will require a 12 to 24 GB download, depending on the platform. Elusive Targets are not included in the pack per se, as they are simply time-limited events that may occur again at some point in time.