Hitman 3’s DualSense controller features unveiled, plus more gameplay info

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Hitman 3’s DualSense controller features unveiled, plus more gameplay info

Each weapon in Agent 47’s arsenal will have a unique feel thanks to haptics and adaptive triggers.

Hitman 3 is now less than 47 days away and I’m excited to share some of the work going on at IO Interactive right now to bring an awesome game to PS4 and PS5 owners on 20 January next year!

First, our brand new Introducing Hitman 3 trailer invites you to enjoy new gameplay captured directly from our Glacier engine and witness the living, breathing world of assassination in full flow. 

Hitman 3’s DualSense controller features unveiled, plus more gameplay info

A World of Assassination

Hitman 3 puts you in full control of Agent 47’s deadly abilities, his razor-sharp instincts and a whole arsenal of weapons and tools that you’ll be able to use to master the art of assassination. As you embark on an action-packed adventure across the world, you’ll have new tools, weapons and items to help you plan your approach to each mission. Will you play cautiously, creatively, or chaotically? 

No matter your choice, you’ll be awarded a Playstyle based on how you performed. If you’re not a coveted Silent Assassin, maybe you’ll be a Hired Gun or even a Mixologist.  There’s no wrong way to play Hitman 3, only your way.

DualSense Controller Support

On the PlayStation 5, Hitman 3 will support 4K visuals, 60 fps, HDR support, and faster load times. Plus, our free next-gen upgrade program allows PS4 owners (disc or digital) to upgrade to the PS5 version of the game at no additional charge. Of course, if you choose to buy the PS4 version on disc, you need to make sure to have a PS5 with a disc drive to take advantage of the offer.

Let’s talk more about how Hitman 3 supports the DualSense wireless controller. 

All of the guns in the game will support adaptive triggers and you’ll feel an authentic sensation with each shot you fire. Automatic weapons also simulate recoil with every bullet and we’re implementing unique haptic feedback for each weapon that is tied to the distinct sound profile of each weapon. Essentially, we’re emulating what it feels like to fire a specific weapon in the same way that we’re replicating how each weapon sounds.

One specific (and really cool!) example of our adaptive trigger support is how you activate the Focus effect that slows down the world around you with a sniper rifle. When you gently squeeze the R2 button, your finger will reach a tension point that will resist your pressure, and you’ll need to hold your finger against that tension point to activate the focus. When you’re ready to fire, push past that tension point and you’ll feel the “click” of the trigger as you fire the weapon. Boom. Headshot.

PlayStation VR Support

That’s not all! Hitman 3 will have full PS VR support. Yes, that means you can traverse the outside of the tallest building in the (Hitman) world in PS VR! If you own the previous games from the trilogy on PS4, you can also access locations from them within Hitman 3. That’s more than 20 Hitman locations from the World of Assassination trilogy to enjoy in PS VR.

You can either play Hitman 3 in PS VR natively on your PS4 or via backward compatibility on PS5. To make sure all PS VR owners can experience the game in VR, we’re including a free digital copy of the PS4 version of Hitman 3 with all PS5 copies, whether you choose to buy it via disc or digital.

It’s always exciting for us to reveal new information and show off more of a game that we’re extremely proud of. We can’t wait to see the game in your hands next year on January 20.

See you in 2021! 

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  • What about motion aiming (for the non-VR gameplay, of course)? Haptics are cool, maybe even manages to improve gameplay in some cases, but having the option for gyro aiming is a more definite gameplay improvement.

  • Did I read that right that buying the game on PS5 gets you the PS4 copy as well?

  • Can we transfer progress from Hitman 2 PS4 into Hitman 3 PS5 or we need to play the PS4 version on PS5 just like with PSVR?

  • As a psvr owner and future PS5 owner when I finally get my pre order I was a little concerned that buying the PS5 version would mean no PSVR support.
    However as I now know which ever console version I choose I will get both PS4 (with PSVR support) and PS5 (without PSVR) versions.
    This will hopefully remove any confusion for anyone who purchases this game.
    However if you want to buy the disk version so you can trade it in at some point it might be best to go for the PS4 version so it will work on both consoles increasing the available market.

    • Oh right… The ps4 version that comes with the PS5 game will only work on PS5 on backwards compatibility, as you can’t insert the PS5 disc on PS4

    • Please, add a PLATINUM trophy this time! Come on guys! People been asking for it since the 1st game. Some people care about trophies and you should cater to them.

  • Cannot wait.

    Do have a question though. Will all the previous levels from Hitman 1 + 2 transfer to the PS5 version? I bought the PS4 version of Hitman 1 + 2 back in the day, and I’ve pre-ordered Hitman 3 as well so I get all of them together, but will all of this come with me to the next gen?

    Keep up the great work!

    • There will be a process to let you play the locations from HITMAN 1 and HITMAN 2 within H3. Ultimately, you will have all locations in one place.

  • Any word on how we’ll transfer Hitman 1 and 2 content into the PS5 version of 3?

  • Damn, now I need to play these games with guns..

  • So excited for Hitman 3! ioi are an awesome development team. Truly underrated, and under appreciated.

    I hope this Hitman actually has a Platinum Trophy! It was unbelievable that Hitman, and Hitman 2 didn’t have a Platinum trophy yet the Telltale games did, and My Name is Mayo does!

  • Hum, well you might have earned my pre-order. I really appreciate a company taking care of the odd balls playing on Sony’s ugly step sons.

  • can we get 1440p video resolution please as I have a tcl 55r635 can can’t do 4k 120hz on;y 1080p 120hz that is if you added 1440p then I would get 120hz at 1440p because the highest resolution that can do 120hz is 1440p thank you

  • I am so glad to hear that Hitman 3 will support DualSense on PS5! Look forward to playing this game soon!

    • I hope that you would add more detailed haptic feedback such as choke, snap neck, rattling during unlocking the locked door, running, slam door or window, punching, kicking, feel pain (groan) when received punch or kick, rattling lethal pills, shaking strength when hanging or climb, engine humming, etc.

    • Thanks! I haven’t been able to try it myself on HITMAN 3 yet, but the info comes directly from our game designers. I’ve had a blast with the DualSense in Astro’s Playroom and I can’t wait to see what other games do with it.

  • monty use chemistry in our first apartment to destroy all our playdates using chemistry. so he have the best one and ours come out like this now

  • I just want a platinum trophy for the game. I loved the first installment, and 100% it, but that isn’t enough for a completionist! Big games like this should always have a platinum trophy… It is insulting to the hardcore players if they don’t get a worthy reward for mastering the game and doing EVERYTHING.

  • Hi, all this is great but these great dualsense features would be awesome in psvr, is there any chance that that dualsense could work with VR ? Cause this will be really hard choice, dualsense vs psvr :(

  • “One specific (and really cool!) example of our adaptive trigger support is how you activate the Focus effect that slows down the world around you with a sniper rifle. When you gently squeeze the R2 button, your finger will reach a tension point that will resist your pressure, and you’ll need to hold your finger against that tension point to activate the focus. When you’re ready to fire, push past that tension point and you’ll feel the “click” of the trigger as you fire the weapon. Boom. Headshot.”
    So, just like Hitman Absolution? Took you 11 years to get that feature back in the game :D

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