Square Enix and IO want you to know their new Hitman is doing something different with its release.
In a new FAQ, the publisher and studio answered some fan questions on their unusual release strategy.
They stressed that the game is not "early access," as "all of the content [...] will be complete and polished."
Neither is the game episodic in a pay-per-episode sense: "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."
The companies are still struggling to find a way to describe their release model. "If anyone out there comes up with a brilliant term, please get in touch. Seriously."
Hitman begins its release December 8th on new-gen consoles and PC, as a download first, followed by a disc release sometime in 2016.