Hitman Q&A: 'What we release on December 8th is not the full game. It's a sizeable chunk of it.'

In a Hitman Q&A, IO Interactive answered some questions on the upcoming game. IO said they're taking a different route in the development of the newest installment of the Hitman franchise.

"We’re doing things a bit differently," they said on the official Hitman site, "What we release on December 8th is not the full game. It’s a sizeable chunk of it. Throughout 2016 we’ll release more locations and missions until the story arc is done and finished. All of that content is included in the $60 price."

IO Interactive made it very clear that the game is not an early-access game, nor is it an episodic game.

"Early access can often mean something unfinished or unpolished. That’s simply not the approach we’re taking. All of the content we release live to our players will be complete and polished," When asked if it is episodic they said, "We think the word ‘episodic’ sets up the expectation that we will sell individual content drops for individual prices but that’s not something we're planning to do. That said, there are some episodic elements to the story in the sense that it’s delivered in chunks over time, so experiencing the story will probably feel episodic."

All of the planned future content will be included in the $60 dollar price of the game.

Hitman will release digitally on December 8th 2015, with all future content coming in updates over the course of 2016.