'Hitman Trilogy' launches on January 20, directly into Xbox Game Pass

Hitman Trilogy Game Pass
Hitman Trilogy Game Pass (Image credit: IO )

IO Interactive revealed a range of updates for Hitman 3 as part of its Year 2 season, including ray tracing on PC, new targets, a new map, a new Freelancer mode, and more, as part of its anniversary stream. However, the developer also had a major update for Xbox fans, revealing an all-new Hitman collection heading straight into Xbox Game Pass.

On January 20, IO will unleash Hitman Trilogy, directly into Xbox Game Pass, while bringing Hitman 3 to Steam for PCs for the first time. Hitman 3 will also grab VR support on PC, alongside various other enhancements.

Hitman Trilogy on Xbox includes Hitman 1, 2, and 3, alongside all existing content. Hitman already sports a unique UI that allows players to roam seamlessly between games, but bringing all of the titles into one package creates something of a monstrously large stealth puzzler, offering potentially hundreds of hours of gameplay.

HITMAN 3 arrives on Steam to coincide with the start of Year 2 and will have full support for PC VR and all of the technical improvements that we mentioned earlier, such as Ray Tracing, XeSS and Variable Rate Shading. We're working on support for Steam Achievements and Trading Cards too – plus we'll be including the Trinity Pack (the HITMAN 3 pre-order bonus) for free with all editions of HITMAN 3 for the first 30 days.The HITMAN Trilogy will be available with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate on January 20, giving you everything you need to jump straight into the World of Assassination. We're excited to welcome a wave of new players to enjoy the full trilogy through new platforms and services.

IO Interactive is also expected to be working on secret Xbox exclusive with Microsoft, codenamed Dragon, although we've yet to see an official announcement about this as of yet.

The inclusion of Hitman Trilogy in Xbox Game Pass will no doubt bring the game to a whole new audience. Hitman is one of those rare modern games that enjoy large ongoing updates without gouging players with annoying freemium elements, too. It's well-worth checking out.

Jez Corden
Co-Managing Editor

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