IO Interactive announced that Hitman 3’s Freelancer mode has been pushed back to the second half of 2022 and will no longer be released this spring. To shorten the wait, IO is releasing the brand new Ambrose Island map in July, which is earlier than originally planned.
Freelancer mode introduces roguelike elements to the game’s various campaign missions and allows players to customize Agent 47’s new safehouse. IO explains that the team wanted more time to work on the mode, sharing that they had been conducting internal playtesting and getting insights from members of the community who were trusted with playable builds.
“The feedback from the playtests was mostly positive and the mode is in very good condition. As we’ve said before, we’re taking a little more time to streamline the mode and improve some elements that we think will greatly improve the gaming experience. says IO Interactive. “As we work on these improvements, we also prepare to dive deeper into the mode and share more of what you can expect.”
Hitman 3 also originally had an April patch in the works that included new content like more Featured Contracts and Elusive Targets in May, but it will now be released on May 24th.
The map of Ambrose Island, codenamed “Rocky”, will have an “intriguing narrative” as it predates Hitman 3 and will fill in some narrative gaps in the plot of the World of Assassination trilogy.
In our review we said, “Rich, rewarding, and highly replayable, Hitman 3 is one of the barcode butcher’s best performances.” If you haven’t checked out Hitman 3 yet, the entire Hitman trilogy is now available to all Xbox Game subscribers Pass available.
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https://www.ign.com/articles/hitman-3-freelancer-ambrose-island Hitman 3’s Freelancer mode has been pushed back to the second half of 2022, with a new map coming in July