Despite advertising that owning Hitman 2 on Steam would allow for you to play its levels when Hitman 3 dropped on Epic Games Store, news came out earlier in the week to the contrary. This sparked some backlash, so Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney decided to enter into talks with IO Interactive about the situation.
The reason that this is controversial is that Hitman 1 and 2 launched on Steam, whereas 3 is a timed exclusive for Epic Games Store. As such, if you want the game on release with all of the previous titles’ levels, you’d need to re-buy 2.
If the situation clears, hopefully, refunds are issued to those who re-bought Hitman 2 on Epic Games Store already. For now, Sweeney stated, “Sorry, the team is looking into this with IO. It’s never Epic’s intent to create a situation where someone who owns a game on Steam would have to buy it again on Epic Games Store to get the full benefits of it.”
However, Hitman 3 launches in only three days, so Tim Sweeney and Epic Games don’t have a lot of time to clear up confusion and remedy the problem, especially if they are just getting on top of it. Talks need to be quick, actions need to be taken, otherwise, the launch will be one messy affair for players.
There’s a lot of mess when it comes to Hitman besides this as each game in the trilogy was published by somebody different which makes packaging them all into a neat bundle somewhat of a difficult task, so Epic Games didn’t have that option either when launching the third one. That being said, if you pre-order Hitman 3 within ten days of launch, you get the Access Pass for Hitman GOTY.
Hitman 2 will be going on sale after a couple of weeks, so those who don’t own it on Steam or the Epic Games Store can always pick it up at that time for more levels at a nice discount. After all, there’s plenty of new content in 3 to keep new players occupied until then. Sweeney seems to want to remedy this situation, so hopefully, that sentiment comes through in the next couple of days.
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