Starting today, the VR-supported stealth shooter Hitman 3 will be rebranded under the new umbrella name of Hitman World of Assassination. This not only includes Hitman 1, 2 and 3but a free upgrade for previous owners of Hitman 3 on all platforms.

IO Interactive says the aim is to simplify the purchase experience for new players, who previously would need to either navigate the various deluxe editions, or buy additional access passes to play Hitman 1 & 2.

“Essentially, these […] changes will mean that all new players and existing HITMAN 3 owners will have the same base content ownership. There will be no more confusion over which edition to buy, what content you own, how to redeem Legacy packs or import locations, etc. We’re done with that,” the studio says in a Steam update.

So now, if you own the standard edition of Hitman 3 on PSVR or Steam for PC VR headsets, you’ll be able to jump into the rest of the trilogy starting today at 7PM CET (local time here).

If you haven’t previously bought Hitman 3, Hitman World of Assassination will get a price bump to $70 over the standard edition of $60.

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Released on PSVR in January 2021, Hitman 3 suffered from the lack of motion control support at launch, and also wasn’t nearly as immersive as VR players would have hoped due to the lackluster object interaction. Then, the studio launched the VR-supported game on Steam a year later, giving the game its first taste of proper tracked motion controls.

Although Hitman 3 won Steam’s VR Game of the Year, the debate is still very much alive if Hitman 3 is truly a good enough VR experience to merit such high praise from the community.

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  • Yeshaya

    “Although Hitman 3 won Steam’s VR Game of the Year, the debate is still very much alive if Hitman 3 is truly a good enough VR experience to merit such high praise from the community.”
    I’ll resume the debate here: Nope.
    So confused why they put out 2 different meh VR versions. So unusual for what’s otherwise a really polished and cared-for game.

    • Ookami

      I don’t think it ever was a debate honestly. The only reason that it won VR Game of the Year is because it’s the only game most flatscreeners knew about, so they voted for it since the flatscreen version is good.

  • Faceless EggHead

    The new Freelancer mode is not playable in VR! I was looking forward to playing this, I really enjoyed and preferred the VR mode, even though, it wasn’t the best implementation. Hopefully VR may be added for the PSVR 2 at a later date.

  • Sky Castle

    What a disappointing game. This game is ass. VR mode is pixelated to hell. Hopefully it gets PSVR2 upgrade with foveated rendering.

    • NL_VR

      it was the way the game plays which was ass.

  • Ookami

    Buying a Hitman game was way more confusing than it should been. So this change is welcomed. It’s sad the state they released the VR version in though.

  • Michael D Easley

    Really dissapointed in this article and the game. NO one bothers to mention that the NEW game mode is NOT available in VR. So the safe house and NEW gameplay can only be played in regular flat screen mode. That goes for ALL platforms. “Hitman Worlds of Assasination” is NOT an upgrade for VR players. 3 GB upgrade and now Im uninstalling the entire game.

  • Henree

    Pffffff…..what a let down

  • Sven Viking

    Although Hitman 3 won Steam’s VR Game of the Year, the debate is still very much alive if Hitman 3 is truly a good enough VR experience to merit such high praise from the community.

    Is it a debate if you can’t find anyone to argue one side? As far as we can make out the votes came from non-VR players to whom it was the only recognisable game in the list.