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Hitman 3 PS5 release date, trailer, and plot

June 11, 2020 was a day of wonders for the gaming industry. Sony finally revealed the PlayStation 5, and even threw in some exciting accessories and a Digital Edition for good measure. Several next-gen games debuted alongside the console design, including Hitman 3. The riveting conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy, the sequel promises to deliver the "most intimate and professional contract" of Agent 47's career.

Fans of the stealth series, which got its start back in 2000 with Hitman: Codename 47, likely have a lot of questions about the latest installment. What new story will Hitman 3 weave and when will you get the chance to experience it? The developers at IO Interactive are keeping their cards close to their chests, but they've revealed just enough to whet the appetites of prospective players. 

From the release date and trailer to the plot, here's what you need to know about Hitman 3.

What is the Hitman 3 release date?

Unlike some of the other titles revealed during the June 11 PS5 event, a release window accompanied Hitman 3's debut. You can expect to get your hands on the eighth main installment in the Hitman series in January 2021. IO Interactive has confirmed Agent 47's latest adventure will be a cross-gen title, so both PlayStation 4 owners and PlayStation 5 converts will have the option to take on the brand new campaign.

Beyond the fresh storyline, the developers have designed Hitman 3 as the "ultimate place to play all three" World of Assassination games. What exactly does that mean? Players will have the ability to import any locations they own from the previous two installments into Hitman 3, pulling the 20+ locations from the full trilogy into one point of access. Further, you can carry over your Hitman 2 unlocks and progression into the new title. Hitman 3's progression system will also work across all locations, allowing you to play all three games from beginning to end.

Is there a Hitman 3 trailer?

IO Interactive shared not one, but two trailers during Hitman 3's world premiere. The company, which will serve as both the developer and publisher for the final entry in the trilogy, set the stage with an Announcement Trailer. "It was always gonna end like this," Agent 47 warns, striking an ominous tone as the accompanying musical track ratchets up the tension. You get a glimpse of several characters and locations before the trailer culminates with the tagline "Death Awaits."

The accompanying Dubai: Cinematic Gameplay Trailer offers the first look at Hitman 3 in-engine. It's not a true, hands-on gameplay trailer, which IO promises to release in the coming weeks, but it does a good job of setting up expectations. The 45-second video shows off Dubai, one of six locations that will feature in the third installment. You see some impressive visuals delivered through "creative camera angles," including a gorgeous cloudscape at the peak of an outrageously tall building.

What is the plot of Hitman 3?

IO Interactive has only scratched the surface of what you can expect from Hitman 3, but it has provided a few details about the campaign. Agent 47 will travel around the globe in pursuit of the "most important contracts of his entire career." Eliminating the partners of Providence, an ancient cabal that manipulates world affairs, will serve as his primary goal. That means you should anticipate paying Carl Ingram, Alexa Alice Carlisle, and Marcus Stuyvesant some rather fatal visits.

Agent 47 will not go it alone in this high stakes quest. Agency handler Diana Burnwood returns, and 47 will also reunite with his childhood friend Lucas Grey. You may remember Grey, or the Shadow Client, as the antagonist of Hitman and false antagonist of Hitman 2. Grey no longer has the Private Militia to do his bidding, so he and 47 will have to rely on other strategies to complete their objectives. Given the pair's plot twist infused history, you should expect things to get very interesting (and likely very messy).