HITMAN’s May Patch Improves Freelancer Mode, Adds Exploding Pen

Hitman World of Assassination has rolled out a massive update for May, including dozens of bug fixes and new content.
Hitman May Update
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Hitman World of Assassination, IO Interactive’s replacement for Hitman 3 with new roguelike elements and other trilogy content, has released an extensive May update featuring even more content and nearly a hundred improvements.

The Hitman World of Assassination collection recently launched in January, and is available now on PC, PlayStation and Xbox. Here’s the May update announcement from the official Hitman Twitter feed:

This is undoubtedly an impressive update, reassuring that IO Interactive is committed to supporting and expanding the Hitman franchise. The sheer volume of bug fixes is overwhelming, and they address a wide range of larger and smaller issues alike.

It’s nice to have new content, but that part of the update is relatively small, and a bit of a mixed bag. The Prestige feature in Freelancer feels a little underwhelming. There are probably more inspired ways to renew interest than earning weapons all over again.

However, the Exploding Pen is a great addition. Since you’ll need to revisit the Patient Zero campaign and eliminate Craig Black, this is an ideal incentive model for players to dive into older missions.

The Exploding Pen also celebrates the most winning qualities of Hitman in a single object. The movie adaptations were clearly written by people who never played the game. Fans love this franchise because of the stealth and imaginative assassination methods, which allow for some remarkable strategic freedom and hilariously outlandish moments.

New ways to go about eliminating your target, even with smaller tools like an Exploding Pen, are a welcome surprise. Hopefully there will be more additions like this to hold fans over as the series evolves.

Meanwhile, the quality of life in Hitman World of Assassination is going to seriously improve. Everything from resolved bugs to careful balancing changes have smoothed out an exhaustive list of problems, some of which were probably missed by casual players.

You can read more about Hitman World of Assassination, IO Interactive, and other stealth games by checking out the rest of our news section.

Anthony Fertino

Anthony Fertino

Anthony Fertino is a novelist and lifelong gamer, born and raised in Southern California. He's been a content writer for over 10 years, and studied film at SMC for 4 years. When he isn't playing shooters, RPGs, or indies, he's reading SFF novels and trying the latest tabletop games.

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