This year has certainly entered a definitive stage this week, not just in terms of geopolitics. In the world of gaming, a new giant AAA title has emerged as the latest crown champion of hype. Millions worldwide have sunk their eager teeth into IO Interactive’s Hitman 3, the final chapter in the trilogy. Critics and fans alike received the title with acclaim, many going as far as calling it the best in the franchise’s history. With a gripping story, gorgeous graphics (more on that in a bit), and smart stealth mechanics, the game is certainly amazing.
Hitman 3 is now available on Xbox One and PS4, the last-gen consoles. Unlike the disastrous Cyberpunk 2077, however, this game runs quite well even on old hardware. It also enjoys the unbridled power of current-gen consoles, with the Xbox Series X and Series S, and the PS5, versions respectively.
And of course, the PC version of the game is exclusive to the Epic Games store, but there’s a twist. Until IO Interactive and Epic fix their release plans, players will need to repurchase Hitman 2 just to get the complete game content.
The game features the ability to import saved game data from Hitman 1 and Hitman 2, unlocking additional missions, but the setup is tricky
The main caveat in what would simply have delighted gamers is IO Interactive’s confusing lack of consistency across platforms. If you’re on Xbox or PS5, all you need to do is log in to your PSN/Xbox Live account with saved game data from the first two titles.
The servers will read this data and use this to generate the Hitman 3 missions. Games like Bioware’s Mass Effect and Dragon Age series have used this mechanic before, and it’s easy and nearly foolproof. Although, in all honesty, Dragon Age Inquisition’s Keep system was much too convoluted for other reasons.
On PC, the controversy regarding the Steam/Epic Games’ lack of crossing over is a headache on its own. In addition, it seems the process is subject to various bugs and errors. For instance, some players report failures to complete the process. These include seeing Hitman 3 error messages like “Failed to fetch configuration/downloadable content information from the HITMAN server“. Even IO Interactive has responded to this issue.
Update on progression carryover:
We're processing thousands of players and getting more of you playing.
If you complete the process and see that your request has 'failed', it will be placed in a queue on our end and processed. You can do no more.
— IO Interactive (@IOInteractive) January 20, 2021
This is why we’re here to show you how to workaround the errors. Don’t worry, these reliable, effective methods will help get your Agent 47 back into his missions right away. And in case the Hitman 3 progression error persists, the developers will release fixes in the form of patches and updates soon. Till then, try the following fixes for the Hitman 3 error.
1) Restart your PC or console, and retry the Hitman 3 progression carryover process
Sometimes, when your PC or console runs for extended periods, errors can occur in individual processes. These can lead to corrupted data, or misbehaving tasks. These errors can accrue, leading to system-wide issues with running games and connecting online. That’s why we strongly recommend the “turn it off and again” classic. When you restart your PC or console, these bugs and corrupted caches get killed off. Then, they are launched correctly again, so your Hitman 3 carryover can succeed.
If you’re on console, make sure to properly shut your game. Also, make sure to power off the system fully, avoiding the default Standby Mode. Then, power on your console and retry the process.
2) Optimize your internet connection to prevent Hitman 3 server errors while importing your saved data
Sometimes the issue isn’t the result of some developer or systemic error. Your own internet connection, courtesy of your ISP (internet service provider) can block off ‘suspicious’ online processes in the name of security. To clear your network of any blocked traffic, restart your router by powering it off for 30 seconds, then back on.
Furthermore, contact your ISP to request login information for your network configuration. Use this to access your router’s portal, and change your advanced settings. First, enable QoS (quality of service) to make sure your game connection receives adequate bandwidth from your network. Second, change your NAT type from Strict to Moderate to ensure your connection is less restricted but still secure.
3) On PC, update your game drivers
If you’re on PC, your GPU brand determines the source of your game drivers. Drivers are essentially packets of software optimizations that kill bugs, improve performance and resolve issues with games. If you’re on an AMD card, click here for the latest drivers. For Nvidia users, check the GeForce Experience app for the latest Hitman 3 drivers.
Keeping your drivers up-to-date is paramount to preventing errors with online and offline setup. Make sure to regularly check for new driver updates!
4) The last resort – reinstall Hitman 3
As we mentioned earlier, console and PCs often accrue major system errors. These corrupted game files and bugs lead to your game directory itself being compromised. The only fix is then to reinstall Hitman 3, and then retry the progression carryover. Keep in mind that, depending on your bandwidth speed, this can take time. However, it can still prove worthwhile if it resolves the Hitman 3 error.
In-depth analysis reveals that the game performs differently across the console range, with varying resolution and framerate
Hitman 3 performs quite well on every platform. We have no doubt that if it ever came to hardware as light as Nintendo Switch, the developers would find a way to make it work well. After all, no matter what console you play on, you get at least 1080p at 30 FPS (frames per second). This holds true on the Xbox One and PS4 versions, showing that both last-gen consoles max out in output. On the PS4 Pro, however, this cap is raised to 60 FPS in what they call the “frame interpolated” mode.
However, the real shocker is how the game runs on current-gen hardware. While you’d expect similar performance and resolution considering how close the two rivals are, Hitman 3 subverts these assumptions. You see, the game somehow performs significantly better on the Xbox Series X than on the PS5. This surprising find, courtesy of the experts at Digital Foundry, is seen as a victory for Microsoft’s entry after months of generally failing to compete with Sony’s.
On the Xbox Series X, expect framerates at 60 FPS at native 4K resolution. Meanwhile, the PS5 is unable to reach true 4K, reaching only 1800p at 60 FPS. This dramatic difference showcases the superior GPU and processing power of the Series X.