Those who pre-ordered the PS4 version of the upcoming, and bluntly titled Hitman from Square Enix, may be a bit confused, since a large amount of pre-orders for the game are being cancelled and the game listing itself is disappearing from the Playstation Store. Square Enix assures us, through the ever comforting chirping of Twitter, that customers “don’t panic”.


A pop-up message is greeting some players, explaining that “configuration of the product…has changed significantly”. A Sony representative explained that:

“As a result we have withdrawn the current preorder from PlayStation Store and will cancel all existing preorders. If you have preordered the game, you will receive email confirmation when your preorder has been cancelled. A revised preorder for Hitman will be available on the store soon.”

So changes in the product have caused a need to cancel current pre-orders. Those who wish to pre-order the game will be able to do so once Square Enix makes pre-orders available again. What is still in question is what exactly has changed, and if the final product will be the same that customers expected initially before their pre-orders were cancelled. Hopefully more clarification is on the way.

Could this message be a result of Square Enix’s intriguing and nebulous plan to release Hitman in stages?

On launch day players can choose a $35 “intro pack”, which offers up the games first three sandbox locations: Paris, France; Sapienza, Italy; and Marrakesh, Morocco. With these three levels, players get six campaign missions, a contracts mode offering 800 targets, forty “signature kills”, and weekly live events and hits.

After the initial launch, three further stages will roll out monthly from April through June of 2016. These stages will include more campaign missions, contracts, targets, and signature kills, and will cost and additional $30. So, basically DLC.

The other option for players is to pick up the “full” game for $60, which includes all of the content above, but is rolled out over the same time frame of April through June of 2016 as the “intro pack”.

The Hitman beta begins February 12 on PS4, with the PC beta arriving a week later on February 19. The full Hitman is still scheduled to hit all platforms on March 11, 2016


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Evan discovered gaming with Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis and never looked back. He has spent the last 20 years criss-crossing genres and platforms, and is an equal opportunity rager, breaking consoles and PCs alike. If you spent summer days off from middle school playing classic PC shooters instead of developing a tan and social skills, you've got a friend in him. Mom might not understand the pain of being "180NOSCOPEWTFPWNED, SON!", but he does. Oh, he does.