Hitman has officially been out for a year now, and Square Enix is celebrating by showing off some incredible statistics and by thanking fans for all of their time invested in slaying bad guys in horribly creative ways. Hitman, much like DOOM, was a game that I reviewed with very low expectations. I admittedly assumed (I'm a bit ashamed to admit this) that Square Enix would be releasing a shallow cash-grab; I was turned off by the fact that Hitman was being released in episodes. I was treated instead to perhaps the best stealth action game I've ever played in my life, and many of you share that sentiment.
"When we kicked-off HITMAN back in March 2016, we promised weekly live content for the rest of the year and we’re proud that we were able to deliver that. So far we have released 22 Elusive Targets, 44 Escalation Contracts, 4 Challenge Packs and over 100 Featured Contracts plus three Bonus Missions and our Holiday Hoarders surprise – and all of that live content was included for owners of the full game.
"Now, you know we’re famous for our infographics ;-). But as a picture paints a thousand words, we wanted to show you some of the things you’ve seen, done or enjoyed in the game if you joined us on this incredible journey."
We've included a full breakdown of Square Enix's latest infographic in the gallery below, and we really urge you to check it out. Some of these numbers (if the gameplay videos haven't done it already) may just inspire you to go pick up the game to see how this was possible.
Take those elusive targets, for example. These special targets only come around at specific times, and you only get one chance to take them out. If fail the mission or die, you'll never see that target again. Now you all probably think that you're video game badasses - especially you Hitman veterans - but only 23% of you were able to take down "The Fixer." A 77% failure rate is astonishing, and should signal that if you're looking for a true challenge, Hitman is more than capable of providing one.
What other game lets you dress up as a lawn-care professional and kill a banking mobster with an exploding golf ball? Where else can you dress up as Santa Clause and take out some present-stealing thieves based on the Harry and Marve from Home Alone? Hitman has such a unique gameplay loop and sense of humor. It's all utterly addicting, and Square Enix wants you to experience it for yourself.
"Now is the perfect time to join. The whole team at IOI would like to thank you for your continued support, feedback, open-mindedness and, of course, your sweet assassinations – keep them coming...!"