It has been a couple of months now since Freelancer dropped and it has been pretty quiet since then. I was just wondering if this is the end now and focus is being put on the new 007 game. I’m not complaining as two years of continuous support is grand, it just feels a bit sad not seeing the monthly updates anymore.
Some of the interviews point to devs wantng to expand Freelancer post-launch. Clemens also stated plans to unfix the muffin glitch, which means we will probably get a patch to address that and possibly fix other issues that popped up with Freelancer. And then there’s the marketing and Live tab in the new UI that both hint at 3rd year of ETs, as well as 4 empty slots for Syndicate type trophies in the basement corridor and missing coin.
Whether all those plans come to fruiton is uncertain, but there seems to be an intent from IOI to make some sort of support in the 3rd year, even if minor.
As far as “live content,” technically anything IOI continues to support on their servers with online connection to the game is live, so that won’t be ending for quite some time. But, as far as brand new stuff is concerned, it is likely that anything new from this point will just be new things added to Freelancer, some patch work here and there, perhaps new unlocks for Featured Contracts or Elusive Targets, but aside from that, the WoA era of Hitman is pretty much winding down now.
Just as a point of order, it hasn’t been “a couple months” yet. It’s been 1 month and 8 days. I get what you’re saying, but the mode has barely been out a full month at this point. Let’s continue to be patient.
I guess there will be one more patch to bring the muffin boost back as IO promised it in the January patch note.
It’s nothing if the updates stop now. It’s fair enough after all these years(of course I love to see more but I won’t complain if there’s not)
I just wish there could be an official anouncement of that end and maybe some kind of celebration video.
Even if “Year 3” turns out to be dry in terms of live content, I sincerely hope IO will use the time to finally iron out all the bugs and issues. I’d like to see the game in a proper polished state once live support ends.
If IOI doesn’t bring most of the new items from Freelancer into the main game (mainly the new tools, especially the two canisters who are pretty unique in their function) this will be their biggest missed opportunity ever :x
IOI released Freelancer as a tribute to the dedicated Hitman fanbase. A lot of expense in time and money, to build Freelancer. Freelancer probably wasn’t a financial windfall compared to the sales of Hitman 3 in the release window ~ 2 years ago.
IOI will release new franchises based on their experiences in developing Hitman, using their Glacier engine.
I expect Project 007 will have a lot of Hitman DNA, and IOI will make a pile of dough out of the iconic franchise. Then IOI will have the funds to come back and support release of a new and improved Hitman down the road.
Well they’re both portable electric accidental devices that work on non-guards, although the phone has a few more functions.
The molotov and broadsword are already in the main game (but it would be nice to have them available in the safehouse in Freelancer). I made a contract about the Concept 5 once… but yeah I don’t think I’ve ever used it in Freelancer lol
I don’t think the micro proximity taser is E-phone 2.0 at all. Their only similarities are “electrocute people and it counts as an accident”; there’s still some interaction and limitation with the gadget that the E-phone never had:
It requires a puddle or water to work, which immediately limits it to specific places (even with a water canister, that too is limited in where you can use it due to it being an illegal-to-use item).
There’s still a risk that someone other than your target will get killed. The E-phone killed one specific person, was useful basically anywhere on a map, and counted as an accident on top of that.
You can’t pick it back up either, not easily anyway, the E-phone could be picked back up if the wrong person goes to investigate, negating any risk it had.
As things go the MPT is generally well balanced, it has genuine risks and setup, and wasn’t possible to use everywhere, something the E-phone had all the hallmarks of, and was thus an OP item.