IO Interactive has released new footage of Hitman 3’s VR support for PlayStation VR, in addition to new clips of Hitman and Hitman 2 in VR.
IO Interactive has released brand-new footage of Hitman 3‘s VR support in action, along with glimpses of Hitman’s (2016) and Hitman 2’s virtual reality scenes. For Agent 47’s latest adventure, and for the first time, IO Interactive is serving as both developer and publisher. Of course, this also marks the first time players can enjoy the silent assassin’s antics via VR functionality.
VR support for Hitman 3 and the rest of the World of Assassination Trilogy was announced last summer, during a PlayStation State of Play stream. The VR announcement trailer opened as one would expect, with a stunning view of a new environment and the back of 47’s bald, barcoded head. Within seconds, though, the perspective shifted to reveal a first-person view. Hitman 3’s VR mode reveal raised plenty of questions, many of which have since been answered. The strangest of revelations is that PS5 players will need to play the game’s PS4 version to enjoy PSVR support since there does not yet exist native VR games on Sony’s latest console. Fortunately, both digital and physical copies of Hitman 3 on PS5 will come packed with a free digital copy of the PS4 iteration.
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Now IO Interactive has shown off another fresh look at Hitman 3’s VR mode, courtesy of a new trailer from PlayStation. Narration in the two-minute video notes that VR will still allow players to explore “rich sandbox levels,” replete with creative opportunities for all styles of play. The footage additionally showcases the first few VR-centric glimpses of older Hitman levels from the Trilogy, including clips set in the Paris, Sapienza, the Maldives, and Hokkaido levels.
Since Hitman 3 will count as Agent 47’s last adventure for a while, it makes sense that IO Interactive is open to trying new things. And, thus far, the virtual reality functionality looks nothing short of impressive. It’s a bold step forward, and probably a risky one at that, but such a move could very well pay off. Who knows, perhaps experiencing IOI’s World of Assassination from a different perspective is just what the doctor ordered for 47’s last hoorah.
Once Hitman 3 is out the door, the crew at IOI will shift its focus elsewhere for a time. Late last year, the studio unveiled that an original James Bond game serves as its next big endeavor. Details are scarce as of now, but the tentatively titled Project 007 seems as if it couldn’t be in better hands.
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Hitman 3 lands on Google Stadia, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S platforms on January 20th. A Nintendo Switch version is in the works, too, but currently lacks a release date.
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