Hitman 3 is entering its second year of release in 2022, and with that comes new content that players can look forward to as well. Hitman 3’s Year 2 plans were teased several days ago, and now the new content has been officially revealed.
Recently, IO Interactive, the developer and publisher of Hitman 3, released a video reveal stream providing details on the Year 2 content plans for the game. According to the video, Hitman 3 – Year 2 will officially start on Thursday, January 20, 2022. The video covers several new additions that will be arriving in the game, such as technology improvements, Hitman VR for PC, and a couple of new game modes.
One of the new game modes being added to Hitman 3 this year is called Freelancer, a new single-player mode that adds new rogue-like elements to the game. In Freelancer, players can choose among several campaigns that each represent a prominent criminal enterprise in Hitman’s World of Assassination. Each campaign comes with its own missions, and each one will take players on a “globetrotting campaign” across different locations.
In the Freelancer mode, the campaigns will have Agent 47 target the leaders of each criminal enterprise, and players can choose the order they want to play the missions. Once they eliminate the enterprise’s leader, players will be paid for completing the campaign. Also, campaign missions have been reworked into Freelancer mode, so they will have new NPCs that can help or hinder Agent 47’s progress. The other new elements include hidden stashes, safes, and even NPC assassins.
Freelancer will add a new map and playable space called Agent 47’s Safehouse, where players can strategize, restock, resupply, and pick out new suits for Agent 47 before heading out on a mission. It is also where players return to after they complete a mission in Freelancer mode. The safehouse is customizable and can be explored as players unlock new areas and customization options as they progress through Freelancer. For example, there is the mission hub where Agent 47 can view the available Freelancer campaigns, and a firing range where players can test out new weapons.
Speaking of weapons, Agent 47’s gear in Freelancer “is not persistent.” So, whatever players bring with them on a mission and don’t bring back will be lost to them when they return to the safehouse. That includes consumables like explosives or poison syringes used on a mission. However, players can restock on new tools and weapons from Suppliers, new NPCs that players can find during missions and purchase gear from. The Freelancer game mode is currently in the final stages of development, and it is scheduled to release for Hitman 3 later in Spring 2022.
Hitman 3 is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.