Hitman 2 remains unavailable on the Epic Game Store, where Hitman 3 will be offered exclusively for the year following its launch Jan. 20. That game is only available on Steam. “Due to various circumstances out of our control,” says IO, it’s impossible for PC owners of both games to link them up and bring their locations into Hitman 3 as intended.
But IO Interactive has offered a workaround, sort of, for the two weeks following Hitman 3’s launch.
- First, the Hitman 1 GOTY Access Pass will be available, free, for anyone who owns Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store. This pass will be made available for the first 10 days after launch to those who buy (or pre-order) Hitman 3.
- Next, owners of Hitman on Epic Games Store — including those who picked the game up for free when it was available in August — get a free Hitman 1 GOTY Access Pass upon buying Hitman 3.
- Then, the Hitman 2 Standard and Gold Access Passes will be offered at 80 percent off for the 14 days after Hitman 3’s launch on Epic Games Store, “and will continue to be discounted regularly.” IO Interactive has yet to price the access passes, which deliver Hitman and Hitman 2’s content into the third game.
In August, when IO announced the timed exclusive to Epic Games Store for Hitman 3, the studio said that PC players would be able to “import locations from the previous two games into Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store.” That ended up being true on all platforms — but the import is free on consoles, and costs money on PC.
That’s because players must import their levels from Hitman 1 into Hitman 2 first. On PlayStation 4 (and 5) and Xbox One (and Series X), Hitman 3 will auto-detect whether the user already owns either preceding game on that platform, and allow them to download their levels from Hitman 3’s in-game store. Because Hitman 2 isn’t on Epic Games Store, that process doesn’t work for PC players.
As for carrying forward their progress from Hitman and Hitman 2, that is accomplished through an IO Interactive website, and isn’t affected by Hitman 2’s unavailability on EGS.
On ResetEra, upset customers and fans said they would either file for refunds and/or wait the year out until Hitman 3 launches on Steam.
“I’d just been weighing up whether or not to bite the bullet and buy it on Epic,” wrote one. “Guess I actually will be waiting until it hits Steam next year. It’s a shame because it really looked good, but I’m not rebuying all the stuff I already own.”
Polygon has reached out to an IO representative for more insight on how much this will cost, and additional comment about the snafu. As it stands now, players who already own Hitman and Hitman 2 on Steam still have to pay for Hitman 2’s levels in order to unlock everything in Hitman 3 on Epic Games Store.