IO Interactive is developing Hitman 3 for its planned January 2021 launch. Today, the developers outlined all the different modes that will be available in Hitman 3 and the World of Assassination. But with new modes, IO also announced it will begin sunsetting some multiplayer modes including the 1v1 competitive multiplayer Ghost Mode.
Hitman 3 will serve as the conclusion to the Hitman trilogy, as well as a hub for the World of Assassination. As such, Hitman 3 will include a brand new sandbox campaign mode that ties the story of the trilogy together.
Also, Hitman 3 will bring back the popular Elusive Targets mode where players get one shot at eliminating a unique target with no HUD help. Players will need to come up with a plan on the spot and IO says there will be some changes to the mode that will be detailed at a later date.
Escalations is an “anything goes” mode. There will be gameplay restrictions to disguises, added security cameras, and other difficulty modifiers that make these some of the hardest challenges in Hitman.
Contracts Mode lets players pick their own targets and elimination rules. You can share these rulesets with other players and challenge them to see who can get the best score on a leaderboard.
Sniper Assassin, where players must use a sniper rifle to rack up high scores, returns but is now a single-player experience. The co-op servers in Hitman 2 will be sunset before the launch of Hitman 3.
Finally, IO announced that the 1v1 Ghost Mode will not be in Hitman 3, and servers for Ghost Mode will end on August 31, 2020. IO says that they’ll be taking what they’ve learned from the mode when considering what to do with multiplayer in the future.
IO also announced that Hitman will be fully playable in VR at the most recent PlayStation State of Play.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.