Hitman's Elusive Targets Missions Delayed, But New Content Out Now

They're now coming sometime in April, close to when the next story chapter launches.

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Hitman developer IO Interactive has announced the game's "Elusive Targets," a series of missions playable for a limited time only, have been delayed to April. A specific release date was not divulged in the blog post announcing the delay, but IO said they should launch sometime close to the release of the Sapienza chapter in April.

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Although players will have to wait a little while longer for Hitman's Elusive Targets, new content is coming to the game sooner in the form of new Escalation Contracts. Two of these will be released each week until Sapienza comes out. A specific release date for Sapienza will be announced next week.

This week's new Escalation Contracts, which can be found in-game under Escalations in the Contracts Menu, are called The Osterman Mosaic and The Gemini Fiasco. IO said it recommends you know nothing about them before playing, but if you do want to know more, official descriptions are available below in the spoiler text.

The Osterman Mosaic tasks you with a variety of different objectives. As you might guess from the hint above, you'll be using the sabre to eliminate one of your targets. On top of that, you'll need to be quick to hide bodies, avoid some extreme security measures and take down an additional target - and you'll need to do all of that fairly quickly.

The Gemini Fiasco truly mixes things up and will test your mastery of Paris. Fan-favorite Helmut Kruger is involved in this Escalation, which includes a variety of different objectives and complications that will consistently force you to figure out a new approach. You'll need poison and good knowledge of where security cameras are to complete this one efficiently.

Additionally, IO has announced that a new Challenge Pack titled The Vampire Magician will launch in "the coming weeks." This features 10 new challenges, all of which, as the title suggests, require players to wear a vampire magician disguise while performing missions.

Launching alongside the new Challenge Pack will be a game update for all platforms that fixes "a variety of things." The full patch notes will be released later.

GameSpot's Hitman Episode 1 review scored it a 7/10.

"Hitman's opening act isn't ground-breaking, with a host of tiny problems lending it a dated feel," reviewer Peter Brown said. "When you drop a body into a freezer, there's no animation connecting the process together; there's a hard cut from dragging the body to hiding it. Load times are frustratingly long, lasting just under a full minute when reloading saves. This alone is especially disappointing, given how fun it can be to iterate on your methods by reloading saves and experimenting, a process that's tainted by extended downtime.

"However, Hitman's a veritable playground that will delight you with its open-ended design, comical NPCs, and contract creation tools. These qualities, and the flexibility to be as hardcore or laid back as you want, are much appreciated, even if they don't disguise Hitman's lesser qualities."

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this game is such a flop

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This game is so rough around the edges, it's really clear they didn't release it episodically to focus on polish and optimization. Unrefined or just straight-up missing animations, really bad AI, lots of clipping with stuff and really weird ragdoll physics. Also little things like the garrote being invisible when you strangle someone, the UI seems quite bland... I'm not impressed from any of the footage I've seen.

I was thinking I'd be tempted as a big Hitman fan to buy this even before the full release, but not after what I've seen, it's just 1/10th of a game, with none of the extra polish you'd expect, disappointing :(

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Yeah, escalation contracts should not be considered live content.

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Don;t forget to pre-order and pay in advance . Game may come out by 2020

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(S) hitman is more like it.

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Wow, so not only do they cut up the game into """episodes""", releasing it with very little content to start with, all after delaying it, they're still delaying new content?

This game is a disaster.

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@mrdinghat: Right? I'll pick this up next Steam Summer Sale for 50% off. There's no way I'm supporting this "episodic" approach for this game. There are plenty of games out to play that are actually finished.

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@mrdinghat: I wonder how the sales are, probably very low since they don't have a disc version.

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@brn-dn: Whats a disc :P

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What is an escalation mission?

If they made it so you could drain people of their blood for these vampire missions, that would be phenomenal.

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@skyhighgam3r: It just adds new challenges. For the Vampire one it starts with having to kill a guy dressed as the Vampire Magician, then you do the same mission 4 more times with a new objective added each time... don't be caught on camera, don't pacify any enemies, also kill guard B, etc...

Sounds like it could be okay but considering the game only has one level it just sounds like more tedium.