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Tim Sweeney responds to Hitman 3 importing on EGS

Published: 15:00, 18 January 2021
IO Interactive
Hitman 3 location Chongqing
Hitman 3, Chongqing

Hitman fans found themselves in a pickle since they can't import things from the currently released into Hitman 3 and Epic Games boss chimed in on the situation where it looks like the ball is completely in IO's ballpark.

In case you are not in the loop over the recent Hitman 3 controversy - previously the series let players import things they unlocked and purchased into the next instalment. This was supposed to be the case for Hitman 3 as well, but the fact that the game will be released on EGS exclusively for the time  being meant that owners of Hitman 2 wouldn't be able to do so.

Console players don't have these issues and will not have to pay extra but PC players will have to buy an access pass if they want their progress and locations to carry over to the third game. 

Considering the infamy of Epic Games and their exclusivity strategy, many fans assumed the issue had something to do with the storefront not wanting to let players import stuff they bought on Steam.

However, Tim Sweeney, Epic Games' founder and CEO, noted that EGS' team is working on these problems alongside IOI and that it wasn't Epic Games' intention "to create a situation where someone who owns a game on Steam would have to buy it again on Epic Games Store to get the full benefits of it".

After Sweeney dispelled the assumptions about EGS intentionally ruining the experience for Steam customers, IO also spoke about the problem briefly, only noting that players will not need to repurchase Hitman 2 on EGS, although that doesn't answer the real problem here - those who don't buy Hitman 3 in the first 10 days will still have to buy the access pass to get Hitman 2 content in the game.

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