Most won't finish Hitman: Absolution, says director

Game director Tore Blystad predicts only 20 percent of players will finish the game, a figure he says is "horrible," and makes studio "really, really sad."

By a large margin, those who pick up IO Interactive's new stealth game Hitman: Absolution will not finish it, predicts game director Tore Blystad. Speaking to the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, the developer said his studio is saddened to predict that only 20 percent of players will finish the game.

Blystad says 20 percent of players will finish Hitman: Absolution, but all will see 47's bald head.

“20 per cent of the players will see the last level of the game," he said. "It’s horrible to know. It makes the people working on it really really sad.”

Why will players not finish the game? Blystad explained that gamers will grow fatigued of the experience, and that the phenomenon is not limited to Hitman: Absolution.

“I guess people can’t commit to taking all those hours to finish one product; they get tired of it," he said. "It’s not just for this game, it’s for any game.”

Blystad further explained that despite expecting a small percentage of players to finish Hitman: Absolution, IO Interactive remains committed to keeping the game's level order intact.

“It’s very difficult when something is constructed to fit into a larger story to move things too much around. I think in some of the previous Hitman games that that might have been the case--that some levels were moved earlier, because they were more catchy or interesting," he said. "For us, it hasn’t really been that easy, because the story is really tying all the levels together, so they’re still coming in the same order, more or less, that they were designed.”

Hitman: Absolution is due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 20. It is the first entry in the series since 2006's Hitman: Blood Money, which saw Agent 47 bring silent death to locales ranging from mid-Mardis Gras New Orleans to the White House.

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Ravi85
Ravi85

I Installed The Game 1st day and finished it in 3rd day,,,Only 3 Days Game finished..When playing 3 to 4 Hours Daily....Hitman Is my One of Favirate game I finished all series of it........

alcatraz223
alcatraz223

it's not our fault. only those who are very patient finish these games. i'm not the patient type, i have little patience and this is why i deleted this game.

DarthPanama3
DarthPanama3

You bet every last dollar that I'm gonna 100% it. I am going to love this game! 47 fan till the end!! I wish they would bring all the Hitman from ps2 to xbox360 with graphics improved of course.

hitmanxmk
hitmanxmk

 @zt76831 

The meaning of Hitman game is to be difficult. So I absolutely agree with you!

 

After all, whats the point of pointless roam around levels while you finish it without problems.

And one question of course, why should the developers are sad? Why is the difficulty level then? Couldn't they just create easy difficulty where the enemy vision and sound sense is shorter, where the enemy aims bad and does less damage, where there are less enemies, and where the objective is going to bi simpler? Of course they could and should work on this matter and it will makes the IO team happy!

 

As zt76831 said, why all games are focusing on casual public, no wander that there is under 1% quality games in past 5-6 years, because everything focuses on console aka casual players.

 

One more things, as far as i noticed, developers / publishers eather could not understand or they really do not care (which i think is true) about the fans of the game franchise and about all those hardcore gamers who bought all previous games and they`ve made that game actually blockbuster, so instead of focusing new game on the real gamers who deserve that, they are focusing on 12 years old casual console public where the profit is.

 

SAD!!!!

zt76831
zt76831

Sounds to me like he's focusing far too much on the casual market.

 

Seriously, though, why the hell would anybody drop $60 on a game, just to drop it after a few hours?

CasualGamer36x
CasualGamer36x

What the hell? I for one, make it a pint to take everything the game offers. Sure I don't do every little side quest and finish all of riddlers riddles and trophies in Batman Arkham City, but I certainly finish the campaign and most of the side quests. I mean why buy it if you dont even want your money's worth? Lol I don't get it.

Skyrim25
Skyrim25

Its the mainstream shooter gamers that cant hold down a game for more then a couple of hours, not us!

 

There are alot of gamers out there that spend 100+ hours on there games, most of them are senior gamers that are not new to gaming. Most newer gamers are in the mainstream shooter base.

 

To the shooter based gamer I say this...This game (hitman) is NOT for you. It requires time and patience, basically it is not a shooter.

shatner78
shatner78

1 more week to go. My fellow Agency Colleagues.

BFMV123654
BFMV123654

Already finished on the second play through now :D so guess I'm one of the 20% :D  

omghaxor45
omghaxor45

could mean a good thing or a bad thing. depending on the gamers they chose maybe it's a good thing. Because its gonna be a long game? or it could mean it's repetitive. he said they were fatigued i hope it's not boring.

bond007_gamer
bond007_gamer

in making a hitman game... there comes a sense of responsibility to do justice to the series..

bond007_gamer
bond007_gamer

Well.. he is very true.. a lot of people myself included do not finish a game. entirely and leave it after being tired.. like i completed the story fully in batman arkham city.. but didnt do rest of extra activities fully.

But let me tell you one thing i finished hitman blood money completely even after investing so many hours in levels and i started with medium lel and never went below it. and i am 100 % sure that i will surely finish hitman absolution completely coz i am in love with hitman series.. and i think a lot of people like me will do the same. consider the percentage of people finishing the game to be 80% instead of 20%, provided you made the game well. and i hope you must have made this game awesome otherwise you won't know what hit you Devs..

tfkowns
tfkowns

I cant wait for this game though!!!

tfkowns
tfkowns

It depends on what he means. For instance I always finish the games i play. But I dont always go back and do every little extra thing that games have now days.

xbatsandknivesx
xbatsandknivesx

i think its stupid that he just kind of throws that number out there and then never really explains why that would even be the case. is it because of how long the story is? side-missions? what? if it has a lot of content at least be proud of that. it wouldn't be a bad thing.

nikolajo
nikolajo

i guess im one of those 20%

I love Hitman and i finished Skyrim

sheikweight
sheikweight

It just adds Value to the Hardcore Hitman Follower. But then again this article was written last summer.  So we'll see on the 20th.

petez34
petez34

hmmm. Where did this 20% figure come from? Seems like an arbitrary number to me.

I'm still buying it tho, but not 'cause of any ploy directors using.

SuperB56
SuperB56

It fascinates me how no one knows how to read anymore. He clearly says "It’s not just for this game, it’s for any game.” Look at games like Fallout 3 and Batman Arkham Asylum, I know quite a few people who totally blew off the side missions in Fallout 3, and others who didn't even bother going back to play Arkham Asylum in order to solve The Riddler's riddles or find the collectibles. That's what he is talking about here. Most people will finish the main story, but very few people will take the time to go back and complete the in-game challenges. Remember that secret ending to Blood Money, how many people still think that it really is 47's funeral? Tons of people. I've met a lot of people who still believe that he died in the last game. Only people who truly took the time to complete the game would know the truth and what really happened to 47. That is what finishing the game means, not just finishing the story mode but doing everything else as well. By the way, I am a part of the 20% and guess what, you really can't finish the game anyway, because Contracts Mode has the potential to make the game ENDLESS.

angeloti83
angeloti83

IM GONNA beat this game not only once or twice, but as many times as a new way to get the job done comes across, freakin looove hitman!

TruSake
TruSake

kinda like Assassins' Creed 2, god that game was boring, I never finished it.

PEAKTYMEZBLUD
PEAKTYMEZBLUD

I, for one, will finish this game multiple times no matter how difficult or tedious it is because I, just as many others I'm sure, LOVE Hitman!

danbolivar
danbolivar

This guy, who is this nozzle? He thinks so highly of himself and underestimates others? Who is this guy? I FINISH EVERYTHING I START BUB. Wrap your little mind around the fact that the PC GAMER isn't like the fickle, shallow, kiddie suffering Attention Deficit Disorder. In fact, not only WILL I FINISH, I'm going to record my progress and finish in HALF the time this NOZZLE estimates anyone can.I think we should ALL email the game company and tell them what A-holes they are for having hired this Tore Blystad moron who takes it upon himself to be so condescending with PEOPLE HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW!!...

Biscuit__Head
Biscuit__Head

this is absolutely bullshit, why wouldnt everyone finish the game if they buy they will finish it? like i have done with every single game i have ever bought since ps1 so he cant really be saying that since everyone will want to see what happens with Diana and 47 and the clone maker dude so keep on talking bullshit 'Game Director'...

big_boss1988
big_boss1988

nice trick into making people buying your game.

jesusmartin23
jesusmartin23

The only think that can be frustrating enough to have people quit is not the length of the game. I just spent 90 hours to finish the old witcher xD. What makes people quit is console ported games that do not allow you to save. So you have to spend an entire mission without being able to save then do it over and over and over. Because it was made for a 100 dollar xbox not a PC.I promise to play every ounce of hitman just like I did 10 years ago but please do not complain if people get bored of the checkpoint saving repetition. If are too lazy to allow quicksave they are too lazy to finish.

dspent
dspent

This is ABSOLUTELY a marketing hit piece designed to improve sales of this game.  How would the be able to get this data?  Are they spying on you while you play the game?  If so, then there is a larger issue here than finishing the game.  Finally, what should he or any developer care about whether you finish it or not, they got your money.

pidow
pidow

What fool spends $60+ and does not play the game to the end.  If they have money to give away, I will gladly take it.  I play all games to the end, no exceptions.  I purchase the game because I expected it to provide enjoyment for the money I spent, not to say I played some of the game.  The pride is in finishing the game.

Warfighter_971
Warfighter_971

Tore Blystad,talks like a crab.........If he knows tht it'll not be a finishing-like game thn why his team developed it??????Such a crap........HITMAN fans,get ready u boys........We'll take a hand on Tore Blystad & will prove he's a great ugly ass.

4Niners9
4Niners9

They need to tell their director to keep his mouth shut!! Hitman fans finish Hitman games PERIOD we arent buying the games to play multiplayer. Those types of games people dont even bother with the campaign mode.  Hitman u play for the missions and storyline.  Same with Assassin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto.  Now if the director thinks his latest game sucks, then he should postpone releasing it.

Apethrower
Apethrower

Such a negative outlook on your own game. Oh well, I love this franchise and you can bet that I for one will be finishing it and will most likely go 1000/1000 on this mofo. Can't wait for this to come out. Personally its my most anticipated game this year. 

jets78
jets78

 @BFMV123654

 how did u get copy so early ? i couldnt find one any ware online

 

Jonny-Two-Delta
Jonny-Two-Delta

 @petez34 Part of me thinks you're right about the 20%, but I also wouldn't be suprised if it were accurate. A lot of people call themselves gamers, but have such lack of commitment to gaming that you'd think severe ADHD would be the only reason. Truth is, modern western culture has given birth to a generation of unmotivated and dispassionate consumers. They buy everything shiny in the vain attempt to fill the void their souls, then discard it all because you need soul in the first place in order to appreciate art. Yes, I'm saying they're dead inside.

bond007_gamer
bond007_gamer

 @SuperB56 you are right.. only a true hitman fan could have ended the last level in BLOOD MONEY. what i mean is.. when i finished the last(or second last level) in blood money and was at 47's funeral.. something in my mind told me he can't die and i just started pressing random game keys and pressing those arrow keys alternatively.. i noticed something is happening.. idi dit i did it i did it.. and he rised again... what a moment of joy.. so what i am trying to say is how many people actually finished the funeral level without knowing it from some youtube video or anywhere else..

Americanzebra
Americanzebra

 @SuperB56 It fascinates me how you can criticize everyone for not reading the article when you clearly didn't read it either. It is clearly stated on the second paragraph, "20 per cent of the players will see the last level of the game," he said.

bond007_gamer
bond007_gamer

 @angeloti83 i feel the same way man.. he is talking about finishing the game 100%.. lol i'll do a level a no. of times to discover different possibilities of execution.. and a lot of people did the same in blood money.. and it is evedint from the fact that so many people are mad about this game and waiting eagerly.. i will try and finish any of myremaining games before 20th november.

pozium
pozium

@TruSake Assassins creed II is one of the best games of 2009

bryanj2006
bryanj2006

 @Biscuit__Head Hes not wrong though, 75% of players dont finish games they buy. The only game in the last few years that people played until the end was Heavy Rain had 70+%, besides that not many games are anywhere close.

PEAKTYMEZBLUD
PEAKTYMEZBLUD

 @dspent They care about it, mate, because IO cares about their fanbase unlike most companies nowadays. They want to make a good game that the fans would enjoy..

BFMV123654
BFMV123654

 @nanacorleone its both definitely both i played the campaign when i got it til 5 30 in the morning THAT GOOD but then again its like my take on it. And then theres contracts which is also really kick ass I never thought id play it, but I'm glad i did  

BFMV123654
BFMV123654

 @jets78 one of my friends own a game shop so i got it a week before release :)  

SuperB56
SuperB56

I'm sorry for being human and scanning through the most important details of an article, and basing my personal opinions on such. I have read the article, and while you are correct and I apologize for my reading error, it is also clearly stated in the first paragraph that, "the developer said his studio is saddened to predict that only 20 percent of players will finish the GAME." as well as the title of this article, "Most won't finish Hitman: Absolution, says director." So don't criticize me for stating my thoughts and opinions on an article and what was written in it, criticize the writer of this article for using inaccurate terminology and wording to describe his findings, which in turn, leads only to confusion and misunderstandings such as this one.

BFMV123654
BFMV123654

 @nanacorleone well blood money was good it had from my view of course like 2 different ways to kill each target BUT in absolution you have plenty and i mean plenty

I'm playing it now on Hard and it is a little tough but if you know what you're doing and are patient then you should be fine, no its not boring not even a tad if you really give this game a chance, go in with an open mind you'll have the best time. I know i did and it was worth every dime. hope this helps you :)  

nanacorleone
nanacorleone

 @BFMV123654 i finshed Blood Money, in the hardest mode... compared to it: its more longer? i hope so... repetitive, like boring or like the other hitman, to be carefull?