'HITMAN' release will be in March 2016 as developers tweak gaming experience

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Fans of the “HITMAN” game series will be disappointed to know that the release for the newest installment was moved by developer IO Interactive from December 2015 to March 2016.

According to the official “HITMAN” blog, “Moving a launch date is never an easy decision, we know it’s frustrating to have to wait a bit longer for the game, but we truly believe it will mean we can deliver a better launch and overall experience. We’ll share more details next week about the full release schedule and scope of ‘HITMAN’ in general so keep a look out for that.”

The delay was attributed to the need to add more content to the game and develop more updates. Engadget reports that the games publisher, Square Enix, and IO Interactive, will release the game in chunks. It will begin with the launch of the standard game, and it will be followed by the gradual introduction of more in-game maps, contracts, and locations.

Moreover, the developer said that this is the biggest game they ever attempted to undertake in terms of scope, size, and ambition.

To give gamers an idea on how big the new installment will be, IO Interactive posted an infographic on their blog comparing the largest level in “HITMAN: Absolution” called “Streets of Hope” to an ordinary single mission in the upcoming game called “Paris The Showstopper.”

In the mission, there will be about 300 unique and individual NPC targets, 25 original areas, 70 challenges, 100 accidents that could happen, and 60 rooms in the palace depicted in the graphics.

According to Venture Beat, “HITMAN” is the latest game to have been delayed to next year after being previously announced to have a 2015 release date.

Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam, the game was revealed at the E3 2015 Sony Conference on June 15 2015.