No sooner than we had finished our thoughts on the last episode of Hitman [official site], was the next episode announced. The adventures of bald death salesman Ian Hitman will continue on a farm in Colorado, where the plucky murderer will have to take out four targets in one go. The farm has been turned into a “private militia training camp”, and your marks all seem to be death specialists too, ranging from experts in “environmental terrorism” to “chemical interrogation”. If only you didn’t have to kill them, Ian could have made some new friends. Oh well.
The episode, called ‘Freedom Fighters’, will the second-last mission in this season for Agent 47 and the developers are promising a challenge. Here’s what Hannes Seifert, Studio Head at Io Interactive, had to say.
“This is one of the toughest episodes yet. Not only do you have four targets, but from the moment you set foot in Colorado you’re on enemy ground. ‘Freedom Fighters’ is a key episode, which will add serious momentum to the story and set up an intriguing season finale for players.”
As usual, the episode will offer a bunch of new challenges, costumes and gear. Mostly, I’m interested to see how varied things will get. We’ve never been tasked with killing so many people before. It will be interesting to see if each person gets their fair share of opportunities, or if it cops out by bunching them together in a handful of ‘shared’ opportunities. Although, the prospect of somehow reaping all four targets in one terrible farming accident is intriguing.
The episode is out in three weeks time, on September 26, while the final episode will be taking place in Japan and is due to come out some time before the end of the year. Here are my personal predictions for the farm level.
- A combine harvester accident
- Sabotaged crop duster
- Poisoned apple orchard
- Randy bull
- Drowning in slurry
- Overuse of cow drugs resulting in antibiotic resistant superbug which kills entire militia
What about you? Have you got any of your own predictions?