It’s been almost a year since IO Interactive launched Hitman 3 across multiple platforms, with virtual reality (VR) support exclusive to PlayStation VR. That’s going to change next week as part of Hitman 3’s Year 2 update, with PC VR support rolling out with a bunch of immersive improvements.
So after a year of PlayStation VR owners having all the fun in Hitman 3 PC players will finally get to go literally hands-on. And that’s probably the main defining difference between the two VR editions of the videogame, on PC VR you’ll have full motion controller support. As IO Interactive’s Year 2 reveal stream highlights, the update is going greatly increase the physical interaction, making Hitman 3 even more immersive.
From little things like nudging an NPC to actually throwing a knife at a target, PC VR users will really be able to utilise the environment to complete assignments. Other natural VR elements have also been included like blind firing around corners, steadying your gun with your second hand and close combat, getting into fisticuffs with enemies.
All rather exciting but it’s not just PC VR players getting treated next week. The studio is going to release a new game mode called Elusive Target Arcade, an upgrade to the Elusive Target concept. Arcade will introduce consecutive targets, each one needing to be completed before the next contract opens up. The stakes are high, however, fail an Arcade Contract and you’ll be locked out for 12-hours before being given the chance to try again from the beginning. Elusive Target Arcade will launch with three contracts, each one featuring three targets from the Hitman franchise.
Lastly, IO Interactive gave a look at what else is to come in 2022. As previously announced, the PC version will be getting several technology enhancements this year such as Ray Tracing, VRS (Variable Rate Shading) and Intel’s XeSS technology, the latter two helping boost performance.
Available on the Epic Games Store for PC players, Hitman 3’s VR support and the Elusive Target Arcade will be available from 20th January. IO Interactive hasn’t specified which PC VR headsets will be compatible, those details will be released closer to launch, but the Oculus Rift S does appear in the announcement video so that’s one at least. For continued updates on Hitman 3, keep reading VRFocus.