Hitman 3 will launch with trilogy-wide optimizations, including reduced file size

Apparently, when Hitman 3 launches, IO Interactive will also launch updates for the first two games, reducing the whole trilogy to a tidy 100GBs.


IO Interactive’s Hitman 3 is set to continue the assassin career of Agent 47 in an all-new set of missions set in new exotic environments across the world. It won’t be long before we’re playing it either, with a release date set for January 20, 2021 on various platforms. Players of the first two games will be happy to know there are some improvements coming to Hitman and Hitman 2 as well. Apparently, Hitman 3’s launch will come with trilogy-wide optimizations, including reducing the whole trilogy’s file size to around 100GBs.

IO Interactive launched a New Year’s video for Hitman 3 which showcased play of the first five minutes of its Dubai area. After launch of the video made its way to ResetEra, IO Interactive developers took to the thread to speak about some of the improvements coming to the game. Specifically, file size was a priority.

“One thing I think all of you will be happy to hear is that we have managed to get the size of the game down significantly,” wrote an IO Interactive dev. “All three games with all content will take up around 100GBs.”

A crisp and clean new file size for the IO’s Hitman trilogy isn’t the only improvement coming. Apparently, the developer has also worked on a new texture compression for Hitman 3 which will be applied to the first two games, including screenspace reflections.

"We definitely had reflections in the other two games, but we have indeed upgraded the engine with screenspace reflections and so there will be much more reflected goodness this time around. As an example, the Paris fashion show catwalk floor is now fully reflecting the models and the rest of the room, making the whole scenario look way more impressive."

With that in mind, it seems like when Hitman 3 launches on January 20, 2021, fans of the first two games will be enjoying updates whether they get in on the new game or not. Look forward to finding out more about the specifics up of the new update as we get closer to the game’s launch on this 2021 gaming calendar.

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      January 4, 2021 11:40 AM

      Nice, cuz I was figuring after 3 the whole combined size would be over 200gb.

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      January 4, 2021 12:51 PM

      I started playing Hitman2 for the first time over Christmas break and it’s become a new favorite. I bought the remastered hitman levels too. Since it’s an “older” game it runs great in 4K as a nice bonus, in addition to the cheap price.

      It took me this long to get into the series because I always thought it was so stupid that nobody would recognize a bald guy with a barcode on the back of his head but after watching Robbaz play it clicked - it’s supposed to be stupid fun and it totally is.

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        January 4, 2021 1:40 PM

        The game is very humorous. Listen to the dialogue from the npcs. The game doesn't take itself seriously except for the main story and agent 47, everyone and everything else is tongue in cheek. It plays up to great effect if you think of the game as goofy but also the narrative isnt too bad, it's a decent spy flick. It makes perfect sense for them to make a James Bond game. Think of it like that.

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        January 4, 2021 2:44 PM

        Huh... my post didn't post... that sucks....

        anyway, it went something like that's the point of the game, its tongue in cheek but with a serious story and agent 47 takes it seriously. Listen to NPC convos they're humorous. There's lots of funny in the game and it makes total sense why IOI is making a James Bond game. Think of it like that.

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          January 4, 2021 2:45 PM

          Oh fuck what the hell!? LOL AS SOON as I posted that the other thread popped up. I even checked my phone and tablet and it wasn't showing on there either. 😖

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          January 4, 2021 4:08 PM

          Yeah! There’s so much Npc dialog. I’ve replayed almost all the H2 maps and there’s so much more to try. It’s a very good value.

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