This and Demon Souls for me, but yeah I agree. I love this god damn series. It's the only surviving stealth titan. MGS is dead, Splinter Cell is dead, Thief is dead, Deus Ex is on hiatus after the last lame entry, and Dishonored is dead. Of all of them, Hitman is alive and thriving with the best entries the series has ever put out. It's fkn fantastic.
If you already own the prior games in Steam, you have to repurchase it on the Epic Games Store (which Hitman 3 is exclusive to for the first year) to upgrade it. People have been asking about Hitman 1/2 Steam-EGS compatibility since they announced the game would load both into the H3 launcher. This info should have been put out months ago. Not a few days before release. People owning the games on Steam but not being allowed to upgrade them because of a difference in launcher on a ****ing PC is ridiculous, and is one of the many reasons people have been against EGS since the beginning. Those who want to link their games without rebuying the game are going to have to wait a year for it to come out on Steam. I wonder how many people who own them all on PC preordered and have no idea they're about to be hit with this in 5 days.
Also, to be clear, this is on IOI. Plenty of people have pointed out that IOI tracks the games you own and your progression on it's servers. They know you own the game and know of any DLC levels you bought since ownership is tied to your IOI account. If they can use the servers to bring your progression over from Hitman 2>3, there is no reason they shouldn't be able to tie it to some Legacy DLC unlock or something. Also, even if Epic somehow forced this dynamic as part of their H3 deal (entirely possible), it's still shitty of IOI to not tell anyone about it until 5 days before launch.