Hitman 3 developer Io Interactive apologizes for expensive Steam launch with free updates
In short: Io Interactive announced a promotion this week to appease fans who didn’t respond well to Hitman 3’s launch on Steam. Early buyers can get additional content for free until the end of February.
When Hitman 3 was first released on Steam last week, it immediately started getting bad reviews from fans angry at its price. Even though the game came out on Steam exactly one year after it appeared on the Epic Games Store, Io was still $59.99, which honestly is still the MSRP for Epic right now. .
V responseio now allows anyone who purchased the standard edition of Hitman 3 before February 19 to upgrade to the Deluxe Edition for free – usually for $89.99. Anyone who purchased the Deluxe Edition or Hitman Trilogy prior to this date will receive the Seven Deadly Sins Expansion Season Pass for free. Users only need to launch their copies of Hitman 3 to apply the updates.
This isn’t the first time the game has been controversial. When Hitman 3 launched on Epic, Io originally said that those who owned the previous two games on Steam would have to redeem them from the Epic store in order to import the levels from those games into Hitman 3. This stipulation sparked a backlash. A month later, the studio implemented a workaround that allowed users to import levels at no additional cost by linking their Steam, Epic, and IOI accounts.