After a strange, lengthy kerfuffle, it seems that Hitman 3 is finally going to let you import your purchases of Hitman 1 and 2 on PC. Developer IO Interactive says that it plans to have a solution out in February.
“We’ve got that solution worked out and it’s currently being tested and verified from all angles to make it as robust as possible,” the developers say in a known issue breakdown, as noted by Eurogamer. “In terms of timing, it’s definitely a case of sooner rather than later. Even with the longest estimates we’ve looked at, the solution will be fully rolled out before the end of February. We’ll keep you updated with the next steps.”
Initially, it seemed that there’d be no way to import your Steam purchases of the first two games to Epic at all, as developer IO Interactive said in the first version of its pre-launch guide. When players were (understandably) upset by that, Epic’s boss himself stepped in.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney responded to this story on Twitter, explaining: “Sorry, the team is looking into this with IO. It’s never Epic’s intent 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.”
Hitman 1 was given away for free on the Epic Games Store some time ago, and the access pass for the first game’s levels was included with purchases of Hitman 3 for the first ten days after launch. However, Hitman 2 isn’t available on the Epic Store, so the only way to get those levels would’ve been to purchase the Hitman 2 access pass. And while that was heavily discounted during the launch window of Hitman 3, it’s now $59.99 USD – or $99.99 USD if you also want the DLC levels.
In short, it’s a mess, and while it’s good to see it getting addressed, the process should never have been this distressing in the first place. This series is made up of the best stealth games out there right now, and Hitman 3 is fantastic too, but it should’ve been a slam dunk getting all of this content easily accessible in one place from day one.
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