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How the new Hitman: Agent 47 Game will change the Console market?

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How the new Hitman: Agent 47 Game will change the Console market?

At first glance, the new Hitman: Agent 47 game appears to be more than a standard, high profile console release. If you delve beyond the usual hype and marketing copy, however, you will understand that there is far more to this March unveil than initially meets the eye.

In fact, Hitman: Agent 47 represents a new wave of console titles, and one that has been influenced heavily by the rise of mobile and online gaming. This sets an exciting precedent in the global market, while it could scarcely have been better timed given recent sales figures and trends.

What is so Special about the New Hitman: Agent 47 release?

In fundamental terms, the new Hitman: Agent 47 title is the first console game to be released in the form of monthly upgrades and instalments. So while the first assignment and maps will be launched in March, incremental updates with new missions will then be launched on a monthly basis. Players have complete freedom when choosing which updates they purchase and which they do not, as consoles break away from its traditional, subscription based format and look to leverage the success of the mobile market.

As we have already said, this comes at the ideal time for the console market and gave the strongest hint yet about its future course. While the sale of physical console titles declined by 13% in 2015, for example, the distribution of digital games available through downloads soared by 8% to $61 billion. This offers an ideal opportunity for developers to change the way they design and structure console games, as they look to create the so-called ‘illusion of free’ and replicate the flexibility that exists players in the mobile market place.

How will this impact on the future of console gaming?

Beyond this, the new format of the Hitman: Agent 47 game breaks down more boundaries in the market as a whole, taking us one step closer to the concept of fluid, cross-platform gaming. After all, popular gaming concepts such as Hitman have already been tried and tested across a range of market sectors to help create a more immersive experience.

With the latest development, however, it is possible to imagine a market where episodic titles and upgrades are released for enjoyment across multiple channels simultaneously. Much like the online gaming industry, such as mobile online entertainment with Euro Palace for example, this means software will be available for download cross-platform, on everything from consoles to smartphones and tablets. This will mean that players will have an opportunity to access current games on various devices depending on their precise location.

This is an exciting development in the extreme, and one that heralds a new dawn in traditional console and desktop gaming.

DISCLAIMER: This article has been submitted via the PG Business Network and does not represent the views of Pocket Gamer.

Published on 29 February
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