Hitman Elusive Targets Mode Offers No Do-Overs, No Save Game Option

IO Interactive is really doing something different with the upcoming release of the Hitman reboot. There will be a new mode that they’ve been talking about for a while called “Elusive Targets”. Previously we were all informed that these special targets would be introduced into the game world but once they leave they leave for good, no second chances. Well, more details have surfaced how this feature will work.

Over on the official Hitman site there’s a detailed report on the Elusive Targets and how the feature will seamlessly integrate into the rest of the game. Players will be able to go over their briefing details before a mission starts, as well as receive a photo of what they look like. Unlike main targets in the game, there will be no indicators, no highlights and no HUD navigation points to utilize in order to pinpoint the location of the Elusive Target. Players will be required to go it alone and utilize their own wits and strategy for finding and dispatching the target.

As they mention in the post, there are no second chances and no do-overs…

“The pressure will be on when you’ve got the target in your sights. If you miss the shot and chaos breaks loose, you will need to have a plan B, because the save-game is disabled during an Elusive Target. If you kill the wrong person or die when trying to exfiltrate, that’s it. Game over, the target escapes.”

That’s some interesting stipulations. In a way, Elusive Targets seems more like the real game given that it’s a lot harder and will actually force players to think critically and tactically about how they take down the individual. This should prove to be a very interesting mode, no doubt.

The mode won’t just be there to give you a hard time. Special rewards and bonuses will be handed out for successfully completing the mission, including new outfits, equipment and other rewards for taking out an Elusive Target.

They highlighted this news with a brand new cinematic trailer featuring Agent 47 doing what he does best. You can check that out below.

HITMAN – ‘Legacy’ Opening Cinematic

The HITMAN Opening Cinematic bridges the 20-year gap between the end of the HITMAN Prologue and the Sanguine Fashion Show in Paris. In that time, the events of the previous Hitman games take place and the Opening Cinematic shows the highlights of Agent 47’s career to date. Visit www.HITMAN.com for more information.

The opening cinematic is cool but the Elusive Target feature seems intriguing. Part of me feels as if it’s the ultimate Hitman test – a real challenge of coming up with ways of finding and assassinating a target without any hand-holding whatsoever. In a way, it’s a feature that I wish Assassin’s Creed would have implemented at some point. Oh well.

You can look for the reboot of Hitman to have its season get underway starting March 11th. Not everyone is happy about the game being broken down into episodic content but we’ll see how it turns out when it goes live this March for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.


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