Square Enix has gone on record and said that this game is not early access even though we’re not getting the full product on release day. Guess what Square? That’s the definition of an early access game.
I’m a huge fan of the Hitman franchise. The Hitman games are some of my favorite stealth games to play. Hitman: Blood Money is one of my favorite games ever created and it’s sad to see what’s happening to this franchise. Whether or not you loved or hated Absolution, I loved it, you have to admit that this next installment of Hitman is going to be the weakest game yet simply because we’re not getting a full game and instead of Square Enix owning up to it and calling it an early access game that they’re charging $60 for they simply said it’s not early access because we’re getting complete content instead of small chunks of it.
Early access is bad for gaming. We’re giving developers money to play a glorified demo of their game while they continue to “develop” it. Hitman has, unfortunately, gone down this route. I wish I could justify this because of how big of a fan I am of this series, but I’m not going to lie you guys. It’s simply not worth it. For $60 you can buy Xenoblade Chronicles X, The Devil’s Third, Rainbow Six Siege, or Just Cause 3. You know what all of those games have in common besides the price tag? They’re complete products that gives you a beginning and a ending. Hitman only offers us a fraction of the game and we have no timeline on when the rest of it will even come out.
Is that something you want to support? I’m going to do the same thing I did with Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and that’s not buy this game. The only reason why I own Ground Zeroes right now is because it went free for gold members on Xbox One.
I would rather have to wait a few more months for Hitman instead of playing an incomplete game because in the end I’ll appreciate it a lot more. We don’t even know how much a “sizable chunk” even is in this game and as we get closer, and closer to the release date I can’t help, but not care about it.
I don’t want this game to flop, but I won’t be surprised if it does. Be honest with Hitman fans Square Enix, and IO Interactive. I doubt this game will sale as well as previous entries and hopefully that’ll teach you a lesson about giving us an incomplete game for the price of a completed one.