Whoops. Mind my basic addition mistake.
Sounds right. IOI is not in need to rush Hitman 3, under the same time constraints as Hitman 2, because of their financial vulnerabilities during the Hitman 2 development period.
It could be that they introduce Hitman 3 as a platform, with legacy and new content populated episodically – as they did for Hitman 2016.
It would probably be a better investment for IOI to spend double or triple the typical time in developing the first mission locations for Hitman 3, to make a better initial splash in marketing an episodic release structure of Hitman 3.
IOI appeared to have spent much more time in refining Paris and Sapienza than the later episodes released for Hitman 2016.