IO Interactive's new Hitman game was unveiled during Sony's E3 2015 press conference, and there are a couple of PlayStation-related exclusives tied up in it.
Sony said Hitman is "leading with a digital release", and there's a PlayStation 4-exclusive beta for those who pre-order, as well as six exclusive contracts.
Hitman comes out on 8th December 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. IO said it will make the game available first via direct download, with a staggered release planned throughout 2016.
Here's how it works, in IO's words:
We are building an expanding and evolving world of assassination. The experience will begin on December 8th and we will release new locations, missions and hits over time at regular intervals through 2016, which means we'll all be able to share in the excitement of a new content drop at the same time.
Rather than unboxing a game, playing it and then that's sort of it, we want to deliver a true community experience - creating an ongoing and evolving game which plays out with a finale that brings the story arc together. Our primary goal is to keep Hitman players fully engaged, so between bigger drops we will be creating one-off live events and live targets to keep you immersed in the experience.
Imagine a target appearing for every player in the world, for a limited time only… let's say 48 hours. Where your one shot counts. And when that target is gone, it is gone forever. A shared experience where we imagine the Hitman community will come together every time a new mission or new location appears. For $60 you'll get full access to all of this content - everything we release as part of this story.
Another big part of this new approach is that we will develop the game with you, the players, and adjust gameplay and create live content and events based on player activity and feedback - so the game will deepen and evolve as time progresses. The experience begins on December 8th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and will reach well into 2016.