IO Interactive, the Danish studio behind the Hitman series, has entered a worldwide publishing and distribution agreement with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
This new deal should help IO to become more stable after being offloaded by Square Enix, which ended in IO becoming fully independent.
As part of the deal with Warner Bros., they’ll be publishing Hitman: Definitive Edition on May 15th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with enhancements for the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro.
The Hitman: Definitive Edition will include the following:
- IO Interactive’s 20th Anniversary Outfit Bundle – Three new outfits inspired by Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas
- Hitman Season One (Main Game) – Seven exotic locations from the first season, including Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh, Bangkok, Colorado and Hokkaido, along with the ICA Facility
- Hitman Game of the Year Edition Content – Four missions from the Patient Zero Campaign, three themed Escalation Contracts that unlock three unique weapons, as well as the Clown Suit, Cowboy Suit and Raven Suit from the recent Game of the Year Edition digital release
- Hitman Summer Bonus Episode – Featuring ICA bonus missions in Sapienza and Marrakesh
- Hitman: Blood Money Requiem Pack – Including the Requiem Suit, Pale Duck Explosive and ICA Chrome Pistol
- All featured Contracts, Escalation Contracts, Challenge Packs and game updates from HITMAN Season One and the HITMAN Game of the Year Edition
“We’re very excited to be working with IO Interactive, a talented studio with a long-standing legacy creating the iconic HITMAN games,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The passionate, global HITMAN community has embraced the recent return of the series, and we’re thrilled to bring the HITMAN: Definitive Edition to fans and new players next month.”
The announcement of this deal with Warner Bros. coincides with IO’s 20th anniversary.
“We’re super excited to be working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on HITMAN and together releasing the HITMAN: Definitive Edition to new players,” said Hakan Abrak, CEO IO Interactive. “Working with a partner like WBIE means that the team at IOI can stay focused on what we’re good at, making games.”
No word on if/when we’ll be getting a Season Two for Hitman but it looks like Agent 47 isn’t going away any time soon.