It took IO Interactive a while to bring its famous Elusive Target missions to Hitman 3, but they’re finally here. The game’s first high-stakes target, The Collector, is now available through April 19th. As with previous brands, you only have one chance to assassinate this obsessive, murderous art curator – if you botch the mission, you botched it forever. You will need a lot of experience before you venture out and you may want to play it safe instead of trying risky tactics.
A second target, The Politician, will be available between April 23rd and May 3rd. Since their location (Hawke’s Bay) is part of the game’s free starter pack, you have the option to play this mission without investing in the entire game.
IO had promised improvements to the Elusive Target formula for Hitman 3 in response to feedback, although it is evident that the baseline and time gating have not changed. It’s safe to say that this is a popular and important mechanic for the Hitman series. It keeps players coming back long after the core missions are complete, and it offers a level of thrill rarely seen in an era marked by fast saving and regenerating health.