This week’s Hitman 3 launch has seen record sales and the biggest release for the series to date.
Released earlier in the week, the latest Hitman title has been the “largest digital launch in the history of the franchise” according to IO Interactive’s official Twitter page.
Originally released in 2000, Hitman was a huge hit that spawned four sequels across two console generations and two movies.
The series was rebooted in 2016 as “World of Assassination” when massive publisher Square Enix acquired the rights.
Square Enix has been responsible for numerous reboots including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and Final Fantasy 7.
Given the game’s theme of murder for hire, Hitman is a controversial title.
Realistic and brutal punishment including strangulation, execution by gunshot, and poisoning are all gameplay mechanics.
But the crude and gruesome nature of murder belies the series’ main theme of redemption.
Agent 47, the game’s protagonist, is part of a genetically engineered group of super-soldiers being used as assassins.
However, unlike his cloned counterparts, 47 develops a conscience along the way and the stories of the game usually highlight 47’s dual nature.
While 47 is a skilled assassin that is capable of killing without mercy, he isn’t a monster.
The latest installment sees Agent 47 once again hunting various bad people as a part of a larger criminal conspiracy.
This sequel includes even more locations such as England, China, and Dubai.
For the first time, PSVR can be used in Hitman 3 and the previous two installments should you own them.
Hitman 3 is available now for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
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