Hitman: Season One (2016)
"Hitman: Season One" is the sixth entry in the "Hitman" series. It acts as a prologue to "Hitman: Codename 47," with the main story takes place seven years after the events of "Hitman: Absolution." In Season One, 47 fulfills several assassination contracts for the International Contracts Agency. Though the contracts at first appear to be unrelated, an unidentified man, referred to only as the "shadow client", has covertly coordinated these contracts to attack a secretive organization called Providence, so that the ICA will appear culpable while disguising his own involvement. The final episode of Season One address the fallout caused by the ICA uncovering the shadow client's actions, and by Providence discovering the ICA's role in the attacks.
In 1999, 47 is initiated into the ICA, demonstrating exceptional aptitude as an assassin, though the ICA is unable to verify his background or uncover any information about him. Uncomfortable with having no leverage over 47, ICA Training Director Erich Soders, sets up 47 to fail his final test despite passing all of their tests flawlessly. 47's handler and fellow trainee, Diana Burnwood, discovers this plot and helps 47 to pass the test against Soders.
20 years later, in 2019, the shadow client performs an assassination for Viktor Novikov, one of the heads of the international spy ring IAGO, and receives a copy of all of IAGO's gathered intelligence as payment. The shadow client proceeds to use the IAGO files to identify Providence's secret operations. To cover his tracks, the shadow client anonymously discloses to MI6 an impending IAGO auction of an MI6 NOC list, to take place at a fashion show by Novikov's designer label Sanguine.
In Episode One, "The Showstopper", MI6 hires 47 to prevent the sale by assassinating both IAGO ringleaders, Novikov and Dalia Margolis, at the fashion show in Paris, France.
Did You Know? Originally, "Hitman: Season One" was to be released in an "intro pack" that included all the base content. No downloadable content for the game and no microtransactions were to be offered, and new missions were to be added to the game regularly as free updates after the game's release. On 14 January 2016, it was announced that "Hitman" would instead be released in an episodic manner and new content will be released on a monthly basis. IO Interactive head Hannes Seifert explained that the move was designed to provide the development team time to develop and establish a foundation for the future of "Hitman" series.