Warner Bros acquires publishing rights for Hitman

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Warner Bros has announced that it has entered an agreement with developer Io Interactive to publish the Hitman games, and the first fruit of the deal will be Hitman: Definitive Edition, which will be released on 18 May.

The deal represents something of a coup for Warner Bros, since all previous Hitman games (during the franchise’s 17-year history) were published by Eidos/Square Enix, which owned Io Interactive until the developer competed a management buyout in 2017, retaining the Hitman rights. David Haddad, President of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, said: “We’re very excited to be working with Io Interactive, a talented studio with a long-standing legacy creating the iconic Hitman games. “The passionate, global Hitman community has embraced the recent return of the series, and we’re thrilled to bring the Hitman: Definitive Edition to fans and new players next month.”

Warner Bros has also released details of Hitman: Definitive Edition. Based on the 2016 reboot of the franchise, originally released episodically, it will include the Io Interactive 20th Anniversary Outfit Bundle, all seven episodes of Hitman Season One, all the Hitman: Game of the Year Edition content including four missions from the Patient Zero campaign and three themed Escalation Contracts, the Hitman Summer Bonus Episode and the Hitman Blood Money Requiem Pack. 

As yet, no details have emerged regarding any future instalments of Hitman, but as soon as they do, we’ll bring them to you.