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Hitman out March 11, new locations to follow in April, May and June

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Hitman's (opens in new tab) unusual release schedule has finally been detailed (opens in new tab). The 'Hitman Intro Pack' will be available March 11 for $34.99, and will comprise three 'sandbox locations'—France, Italy and Morocco—along with six missions, 800 targets for the game's Contracts mode, 40 'signature kills', plus weekly events to keep Agent 47 busy until April.

There will be three additional sandbox locations arriving in April, May and June: Thailand, the USA, and Japan, respectively. Plus more missions, and more of everything else really. You'll be able to upgrade the Intro Pack for an additional $29.99—or buy everything upfront for $59.99. You can pre-order 'The Full Experience' now, which will give you guaranteed beta access, though it's not clear yet how limited the beta will be. As ever, it's probably best to wait.

It's certainly an interesting way to release a big-budget game, one that will hopefully give the developers more time to work on Hitman before launch. You can see a pizza-like infographic explaining the release schedule below.

Hitman release schedule

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