Hitman protagonist Agent 47 has seen the world. He’s parachuted onto the tallest tower in Dubai. He’s infiltrated manors within the British countryside and on the Amalfi Coast. He’s even been to New Jersey. But everybody’s favourite be-suited undercover agent nonetheless, apparently, wants yet one more stamp on the passport: a dimly lit island that appears an entire lot like an Uncharted set-piece.
Yes, developer IO Interactive has added a brand new degree to Hitman 3. Called Ambrose Islandit is freely obtainable to everybody who has the sport, as a part of developer IO Interactive’s “yr two” plan. Hitman 3 got here out final January with 5 wonderful stealth sandboxes and one divisivee not-stealth not-sandbox. IO has slowly launched a wave of recent content material, together with a collection of (word: not free) downloadable content material primarily based on the seven lethal sins. It’s additionally getting a roguelike mode, though that is been delayed till later this yr.
But Ambrose Island is the primary true-to-form new stage for Hitman 3. It’s set within the Andaman Sea, simply west of Thailand (the situation of certainly one of the most effective ranges within the collection). Chronologically, as you already know in the event you’re one of many 17 individuals who’s been capable of detangle Hitman‘s hilariously convoluted narrative, it is set previous to the occasions of Hitman 3. An early cinematic, seen above, signifies it takes place earlier than the Isle of Sgail stage on the finish of Hitman 2.
The mission transient comes courtesy of longtime Hitman characters Lucas Gray and Diana Burnwood. Grey’s former ally, some generic brownshirt named Noel Crest, has tried to group up with a modern-day pirate queen named Sinhi “Akka” Venthan. Your mission, do you have to select to associate with this fraught, barely related bit and settle for it, is to kill them each by way of clandestine means. (Look, I simply devoured your entire Mission: Impossible collection back-to-back, you gotta lower me some slack.)
I dabbled a bit final night time, and sure, certain sufficient, Ambrose Island is extra Hitman. Although it seems like a third-person motion recreation, it is actually an intricate puzzler. There are dumpsters to cover in and lethal objects to seek out, individuals to look at and tail. Since it is a densely packed space, the surroundings seems so luxurious, so actual, you’re feeling such as you’re really on trip. I have never but accomplished the mission, so I do not understand how precisely it stacks as much as the remainder of the collection, however yep, yeah: More Hitman. Hell yeah.
I do know there’s been a variety of dialogue these days about 2022’s launch slate, and the way it’s been comparatively skinny in comparison with years previous. But between this new Hitman degree the Into the Breach replace that is principally a brand new sequeland the breezy, compulsively playable Hot Wheels enlargement for Forza Horizon 5, I’m realizing I do not want new video games proper now. The backlog is doing its job.