Despite Initial Promise, Hitman 3 PC Players Must Pay to Import Hitman 2 Levels

Hitman 3 PC players won't be able to access their Hitman 2 levels for free, contrary to IO Interactive's promises.
Hitman 3 PC players won't be able to access their Hitman 2 levels for free, contrary to IO Interactive's promises. / Photo courtesy of IO Interactive

Hitman developer IO Interactive's plan to allow players to import levels from Hitman 1 and 2 into Hitman 3 has hit a snag, and the developer now says players on PC will have to re-buy Hitman 2 in order to port its levels to the new title.

"We done everything possible to make this process smooth and player-friendly," the studio wrote in a pre-launch post Friday. "However, due to various circumstances out of our control, we want to acknowledge that the process is different from our initial plans for PC players."

Those circumstances are likely tied Hitman 3's timed-exclusivity on the Epic Games Store, and Hitman 2's current unavailability on that platform.

Player who buy Hitman 3 within the first 10 days of launch on the Epic Games Store will automatically gain access to Hitman 1 on that platform. Because Hitman 2 isn't for sale on the Epic Games Store yet, IO Interactive will offer those who buy Hitman 3 an 80% discount on the Hitman 2 Access Pass, which includes all the locations and missions in Hitman 2.

IO Interactive had confirmed in August that PC players would be able to carry over their progression and unlocks from Hitman 2 on Steam to Hitman 3 on the Epic Games Store. It's unclear what changed since, but players who pre-ordered the game under the impression they could keep their progress are understandably upset.

Console players will be able to port their levels and progress as normal.

Hitman 3 on PC will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the first 12 months following its release Jan. 20.