IO Interactive contradicts the earlier stating timing of midnight EST, November 9th.
Though the release time for Gold Edition owners was stated to be November 9th, midnight EST, it seems that IO Interactive’s Hitman 2 could be available sooner. According to the developer on a Reddit AMA, Gold Edition owners will have the game available on November 9th at 10 AM PST. Pre-loading doesn’t seem to be an option though.
Since the response was about the PC version, it’s not clear whether this will also be the case for consoles, or if midnight EST on November 9th is only for consoles. Either way, if you’re going to play the stealth action title early, then keep an eye out on that day itself. Standard edition owners can play on November 13th at 10 AM PST.
Hitman 2 offers quite a lot of new stuff over the first game including six new locations and new gadgets. Challenges, Contracts, and Elusive Targets are also back. In fact, famous actor Sean Bean will be the first Elusive Target on November 20th. The new Ghost Mode and updated versions of Hitman 1’s locations will also be included (though the latter is free for owners of the first game).