IO Interactive couldn’t bring the experience over the way they planned to.
We previously wrote how Hitman III will allow you to lift over the locations from the first two games so that the entire trilogy would be available under one roof. However, the fact that the Danish studio has constantly switched publishers has bitten them on the ample posterior. The first Hitman was published by Square Enix episodically, but the Japanese publisher got rid of them due to low sales, but IO Interactive became independent, and they also got the Hitman IP rights back. The sequel was then published by Warner, and now, they self-publish the third and final instalment of the World of Assassination trilogy.
The Hitman 3 Pre-Launch Guide tells players how to get all three Hitman games under one hub: „We’ve done everything possible to make this process smooth and player-friendly. However, due to various circumstances out of our control, we want to acknowledge that the process is different from our initial plans for PC players. We also want to share some of the initiatives we’ve set-up to make sure that PC players the chance to keep enjoying the benefits of the World of Assassination,” confirming the issue for the PC players.
There will be a Hitman 1 GOTY Access Pass available to claim in the first 10 days after Hitman 3 launches, available for those who pre-ordered any edition of Hitman III on the Epic Games Store. If you already had it on the EGS (even if you got it for free via the freebie deal), you automatically get an upgrade to the Hitman 1 GOTY Access Pass after buying Hitman III there. The Hitman II Standard Access Pass and Hitman II Gold Access Pass will be av on Epic Games Store as well, as this is necessary to bring your save to Hitman III. It’s going to be 80% off for fourteen days from January 20 and will see regular discounts.
Notice how we did not mention Steam whatsoever. We have a good reason for that: if you already have Hitman II on Gabe Newell’s platform, you have to buy it again on Tim Sweeney’s store, as the Steam save cannot be transferred to the EGS. So on January 20 (when Hitman III arrives on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and confirmed: on the Nintendo Switch via the cloud, too!), you’ll have to open your wallets. Twice.