Hitman's reboot has been delayed until March 2016, developer IO Interactive has announced.

It was originally slated to arrive on 8th December for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

"We're going for a new release model where we put out a good chunk of the game when it begins and then release the remaining locations over time," the developer explained. "These few extra months will mean we can add more to the launch content of the game, more than we had originally planned, and then follow with a tighter frequency of updates, which ultimately will create a better game for everyone."

Aside from a more condensed post-release schedule for add-ons, Hitman will also be a very large game. IO estimated that its Paris level is six times the size of Hitman: Absolution's largest stage, Streets of Hope. There will also be six times the number of potential Contract Targets with 1600 crowd members occupying the stage.

"The playable area and density of our locations goes beyond anything we've built before," the developer stated. "We're striving to create a series of living, breathing worlds in those locations and we get pretty obsessed about every detail that you'll experience."

"Moving a launch date is never an easy decision, we know it's frustrating to have to wait a bit longer for the game, but we truly believe it will mean we can deliver a better launch and overall experience."

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