IO Interactive has announced today in Twitter that Hitman‘s second episode ‘Sapienza‘ will release on Tuesday, April 26.
Episode Two: Sapienza
— HITMAN (@Hitman) March 31, 2016
The episode will be available at no additional cost to owners of Hitman: The Full Experience. For pricing (all in USD), the Intro Pack with the Prologue and Paris levels will cost $15, with each subsequent location priced at $10 as an add-on to the Intro Pack. You can also buy the Full Experience at launch for $60, and it includes “all of this year’s content as it’s released, and guarantees them not to miss any live or bonus content.” If you purchase the Intro Pack and then decide you want the Full Experience, the Upgrade Pack add-on will be $50.
Sapienza is the name of the bright and sunny fictional Italian town where the next Hitman episode is set. As we saw in a previous trailer (below), this beautiful seaside location features all manner of explorable spaces, including a mansion and a medieval church, as well as alleyways and storefronts.
“Sapienza is a dense location full of challenges and packed with opportunities and stories for the enterprising player to unfold,” Square Enix said back in October 2015. “And as with all locations within Hitman, dark secrets and engaging stories are everywhere to be found in charming Sapienza.”
Five further episodes are expected to be released this summer. The next chapter after Sapienza is set in Morocco and is coming in May.
Game Update (1.03) Release:
A new game update has also been released for Hitman, which adds the Vampire Magician Challenge Pack, improvements to load times and many other fixes.
This update will start rolling out today, March 31st for PS4 and Xbox One players and will be coming to PC in the very near future.
- The Vampire Magician Challenge Pack includes 10 new challenges that were inspired by how the community has been playing the game.
Each challenge requires you to wear the Vampire Magician disguise while taking down targets using a range of different methods.
- Continued improvements to load times
The improvements will be most notable when loading The Showstopper mission in Paris and developers are already working on improving all loading times even more.
- Improved responsiveness for in-game menus and image loading
Devs implemented an image caching system that will improve responsiveness and loading times for all images in the game menu.
- Fixed issues with scoring
Primarily, this fixes an issue that resulted in many players earning a “0 second” time bonus and an incorrect score of 210,000. A leaderboard reset will be implemented at a later date.
- Continued improvements to connectivity
Server stability improvements.
- Missing ‘Requiem Pack’ items have been restored
For those affected, these items will now be available to choose from the planning screen again.
- Fixed numerous issues that were causing crashes
General improvements to game stability.
All HITMAN servers will be undergoing scheduled maintenance to prepare for the release of 1.03 update. Expected end time: 11.30am CET.