Hitman 3 is a launch exclusive for the Epic Games Store on PC, developer IO Interactive announced today.
Hitman 3 was revealed back in the June PS5 reveal event, where it was announced that the game would be coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC in January 2021. We now know that the game will launch exclusively for PC on the Epic Games Store in January – the implication being that this is a timed deal.“Epic Games and IO Interactive today are excited to announce that Hitman 3 will launch exclusively on the Epic Games Store when it releases in January 2021,” IO Interactive said. “Additionally, from August 27 through September 3, 2016’s critically-acclaimed Hitman will be completely free for players to download and keep.”

IO Interactive will self-publish the game and it said doing this is a “big step” for the company in “achieving [its] highly ambitious goals as an independent studio,” according to IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak. He said this partnership with Epic Games has given the studio the “freedom to create the game exactly as we imagined, for our fans and for our community uncompromised.”

“For our long-term fans that have supported us on the World of Assassination journey, we’re happy to have mastery and location carry over from their existing progress into Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store.”

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IGN reached out to IO Interactive asking if and how players will be able carry save data from Hitman 1 and 2 on Steam into their Epic Games Store version of Hitman 3. The developer responded by saying, “In the coming months, we’ll share precise details about how location and progression carryover will work.”

For more Hitman 3, check out the modes that have been revealed so far and read about how PvP multiplayer modes like Ghost Mode will be shutting down. Then, read about how the entire Hitman trilogy will be playable in VR.

Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.