Square Enix and Io-Interactive have announced that Hitman has been delayed to March 2016.

Here’s what Io-Interactive have had to say on the delay:
“It’s safe the say Hitman is the biggest venture we’ve ever undertaken at Io-Interactive. Not just in terms of scope and ambition but also in terms of the size of the game world itself… 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.

We want to make absolutely sure you get the best possible experience when you join, so we’ve made the difficult decision to move the initial release date to March 2016. 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. And in the end, that’s what we’re all looking for.

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. We’ll share more details next week about the full release schedule and scope of Hitman in general so keep a look out for that.”

You can read the full post here.

Hitman is set to rid the linearity of Hitman: Absolution and return to more open-ended maps, akin to that of Hitman: Blood Money. The game has been described as the “most ambitious Hitman to date,” and will launch as a product that will constantly evolve overtime, as Io-Interactive will be releasing free locations and missions throughout 2016 for players to participate and engage in.