UPDATE: IO “hard at work” to get development services back online.
Hitman 3 continues Hitman 2’s function of importing levels from previous entries in the series – enabling you to have access to every location in the Hitman trilogy in one plan.
This is, obviously, supplied you have actually owned previous video games on that household of platforms – and though digital and physical purchases have various actions, the basic procedure is the exact same.
Progression and opens from Hitman 2 can likewise be rollovered into Hitman 3, which is a greater suggested action to take previously you initially begin the video game, otherwise any brand-new development you make will be changed. (UPGRADE 3:20pm UK time: The site required to bring development in between video games is presently fighting with need, with the studio saying on Twitter they are “hard at work” getting things back online. For now, IO advises inspecting its Twitter account and not their site for updates on when things are back up. Until then, you can check out the actions needed on this page to understand what’s included.)
If you read this ahead of the Hitman 3 release time, now is a great time to get downloading Hitman 2 to make sure levels from that video game and the initial Hitman will rollover.
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How to import Hitman levels into Hitman 3
As with Hitman 2, it’s possible to import levels from previous entries into Hitman 3, so you can access every phase from the initial Hitman, Hitman 2 and Hitman 3 in a single video game, even throughout console generations.
Developer IO makes this possible by turning these particular sets of levels offered as DLC, with each video game or growth having an ‘Access Pass’. If you have actually bought a previous Hitman video game or DLC, then access to the particular Access Pass for that video game will be open to you. If you do not – state if you are a beginner to the Hitman series with this 3rd instillment – then you can buy them from the shop.
That is the fundamentals of how it works – obviously, in between physical and digital variations in addition to different editions throughout the years, the procedure can get a bit complex of how to import whatever over. The main points to keep in mind are:
- If you are importing levels from the initial Hitman either digitally or on disc, ensure you have actually imported them into Hitman 2, opening the ‘Legacy Edition’ because video game, initially. This will then unlock the Legacy Edition in the store for that platform in Hitman 3 also. (The official website has more on this exact process.)
- If you only owned the primary Legacy Edition of Hitman 1 (i.e. the original season) and not the GOTY Legacy Edition (which added Patient Zero and some additional suits) you will automatically be upgraded to that latter GOTY edition in Hitman 3.
- If you are importing levels from Hitman 2 digitally, the Access Pass will be available in Hitman 3 straight away.
- If you are importing levels from Hitman 2 on a disc, IO says you need to redeem the Access Pass within Hitman 2 before it will be available in Hitman 3*. Meanwhile, Xbox owners might also need to own a digital version of Hitman 3 or the Hitman 2 Free Starter Pack before this will can be redeemed in Hitman 2’s store.
- Hitman 2 Gold Edition and the Hitman 2 expansion will work the same way, again depending on your physical or digital purchase.
* That said, on PlayStation, I didn’t have to do this step, as Hitman 3 knew I owned the game already. Meanwhile, our own video team’s Ian Higton said he had the disc in the drive and visited Hitman 3‘s in-game store to get the Hitman 2 Acccess Pass to appear.
- Finally, keep in mind importing levels and purchases can only be performed for that console family – PlayStation to PlayStation, Xbox to Xbox, PC to PC – and will work across console generations (so PS4 to PS5, Xbox One to Xbox Series). The exception at launch is PC and the Epic Games Store, though there is the promise that purchases on different PC stores will be honoured in time. Until then, all purchases of Hitman 3 within the first 10 days on the Epic Games Store will have access to the initial Hitman 1 Legacy Edition for free.
For example, here’s what I did to get everything unlocked in Hitman 3 on PlayStation. I owned the original season of Hitman, and had previously installed Hitman 2 to get that Legacy Edition at that game’s launch, unlocking it in Hitman 3. As mentioned above, though I have actually Hitman 2 on disc, I seemingly didn’t have to go into the in-video game store within that game to open the Access Pass – it just showed up on PSN as available. Finally, my Hitman 2 DLC was purchased digitally, so no steps were required there.
With that all done, I could boot up Hitman 3 and have access to all previous levels.
How to carry over your progression from Hitman 2 to Hitman 3
Though carrying over progression feels less urgent than sorting your levels and purchases of previous games, it’s arguably more important, as it means you continue any unlocks and experience earned in Hitman 2, including levels from the original Hitman played in that sequel.
Doing so after you’ve started playing Hitman 3 will replace any progress you’ve made, so doing this before starting is recommended. It’s likewise something you can prepare for ahead of playing the game – useful if you’re waiting for your download to finish.
(UPDATE 3:20pm UK time: The website needed to carry progress between games is currently struggling with demand, with the studio saying on Twitter they are “hard at work” getting things back online. For now, IO recommends checking its Twitter account and not their website for updates on when things are back up. Until then, you can read the steps required below to know what’s involved.)
Items carried over include:
- Hitman 2 profile rank
- Location mastery XP and unlocks from any levels played in Hitman 2
- Completed challenges and unlocks from levels played in Hitman 2
- Any Elusive Target suits and rewards from Hitman 2
Things which won’t be carried over include:
- Save files
- Rewards from Hitman 1’s Game of the Year Escalations
- Access to the ICA Electrocution Phone item (which is not available in Hitman 3)
To carry over your progress from Hitman 2 into Hitman 3, you must visit this official website, log into your IO account and follow the instructions. Though the game will request you do this the first time you play Hitman 3, and open the website in-game, feel free to do this on another device – such as a phone or computer – if you prefer.
Note that progression just carries over within that family of platforms (PlayStation to PlayStation, Xbox to Xbox, PC to PC) and because of this, you cannot bring forward any progress into the Switch version (which is technically the first on that platform).
Additionally, know that though progress from the initial Hitman will not be carried over, anything played in Hitman 2 – including the Legacy Hitman 1 levels played in the sequel – will be carried over, as it’s part of that Hitman 2 profile.
Finally, know you can only do this once. Practically, this means if you continue to play Hitman 2, any new progress made in that game cannot be carried forward. And, to reiterate, it’s important to do all of this prior to playing Hitman 3, as unlocks there will be overwritten by any you’ve made from Hitman 2.
There’s a lot to take in and possibly do prior to you can play Hitman 3 with everything you have owned and unlocked – so the sooner you do it, the faster you can get going with the new video game, which we referred to as “a rewarding end to a stunning stealth trilogy” in our Hitman 3 evaluation.