‘Hitman: Absolution’ Director: Only 5th of Gamers Will See Final Level

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Hitman Absolution Final Level Completion

While most gamers will believe this to be an egregious sin and would never ever think of letting it happen, there are a lot of players that don’t finish games — any of them. They are engaged for the first couple of hours, but eventually repetition gives way to disinterest and the final boss fight is never seen. That’s why many games put their big set pieces in the trailers, or they frontload the game with exciting content.

It’s a sad truth, but one that IO Interactive‘s Tore Blystad, Director on Hitman: Absolution has come to realize. He believes that only about 20% of the people who play IO’s highly anticipated next entry in the bald assassin franchise will see its final level.

It all boils down to metrics for Blystad, who in recent times has become more and more conscious of the statistics that go into researching a game. When looking at the stats for Hitman: Absolution, Blystad discovered that at most players will finish the game, but will not go back for a second playthrough.

That’s all well and good for a singular experience, but Hitman is a game built around multiple approaches. Gamers are supposed to experiment with each target, seeing all of the clever kills IO Interactive has crafted for them.

Hitman: Blood Money, for example, had a ton of different ways in which to dispatch each target, all of them effective but some of them requiring a certain amount of outside-the-box thinking. It’s safe to say that Absolution‘s targets will offer a certain amount of variation as well, but unfortunately most gamers won’t ever bear witness to them.

“The general player will probably never even finish the game, which is very sad. Or they might only play through it once, but the game is built for the people who want to go back through every single level and get all the stuff out of it. It’s built to last, rather than be a one-off experience.”

Regardless of whether or not gamers will finish it, IO is still hoping that they will pick up the game when it releases this Fall (on November 20th to be exact). Marketing for the game has been all over the place, but the demo that was on display at E3 2012 certainly showcased an authentic Hitman experience.

Are you the type of gamer that would play through a game like Hitman: Absolution multiple times? Is finishing a game a priority for you?

Hitman: Absolution releases November 20, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and OnLive.

Source: OPM

TAGS: Hitman, Hitman Absolution, IO Interactive, OnLive, PC, PS3, Square Enix, Xbox 360

  • G

    This game looks pretty good. With all the great titles out at the end of the year I don’t think I will be getting this. I’m holding off on all preorders hoping best buy does the preorder 5 get 100 in gift cards again. But I would def. play through this game more than once if I get it.

  • Crisius

    I have played through all the hitman games to their own deaths. SA all the way through to rampaging killing every person in the scene. I love Hitman. Couldn’t imagine not finishing any of these games.

  • trent Kutchara

    I love immersing myself in Hitmans world, I will definitely play this game until the disc is worn thin.

  • Ken J

    Good, I’m tired of games that hold your hand. I want a challenge. I already preordered this game, preordered the “Professional Edition” for $36. I love being a PC gamer. The console versions are like $80 for the “Professional Edition” lol.

    • Matt

      Where did you preorder it from that not only lets people preorder the Professional Edition for $36? The regular game is $45 on Amazon and $50 on GameStop, and those are both PC downloads.

      • Matt

        Worded that wrong, lol. Here’s what I meant to say:

        Where did you preorder it from that lets people preorder the Professional Edition for $36? The regular game is $45 on Amazon and $50 on GameStop, and those are both PC downloads.

        • Ken J


          It’s $44.99 but I received a 20% off any game coupon in the email because I bought a game from them on sale for $5. Not bad, the coupon saved me $9 for buying LA Noire for $5. I got it from Gamespy, $44.99 without the coupon is still a good deal for the professional edition.


          Although honestly I don’t see how I’m supposed to get the art book… *scratches head*

          • Matt

            Oh, I see. Btw, I think you meant GamefFly, not GameSpy. 😉

          • Ken J

            Oops, yah, I meant Gamefly… Damn Alzheimer’s… lol

  • Xebenatros

    I love games that have multiple ways to experience the game, different paths and then different situations, sadly it is true. Many Gamers play games for the one-time play and will either get burned out half-way into the game or finish it and never play it again. This is only happening due to how short many people’s attention span is.

    • Ken J


      I think another reason why people only play through new games only once is because games now-a-days are so linear that even if you play them through 5 times you’ll only get one experience out of them. They want to make sure the players don’t get lost, they treat us like we’re all dumb, so they make games super linear so there’s only one way to do everything, and then to further hold our hands they blatantly tell us how to do is as we need to do those things…

      If you like shooters and are not put-off by the difficulty of being killed in only a few shots, or sometimes 1 shot if it’s well-placed, you should try the original Operation Flashpoint games. NOT Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, that was the same crappy linear gameplay that every other game has. The original Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis made by Bohemia Interactive Studios and its expansions like OFP: Red Hammer and Resistance were awesome for that. You get a mission and a mission objective, but HOW you accomplish that objective is completely up to you. There were missions where you simply had to clear out a town, basically kill every enemy soldier in that town. You’re given like a platoon sized force to take the town. You can either make a plan and direct your group in and take the city by force, or, like one of the ways I did it, I killed a sniper, took his sniper rifle, got my group to just stand back and wait, and I actually took out every one by myself, lol. Took forever, but it was worth it. Killed the very last soldier with my very last bullet. That’s how perfectly it worked out, lol.

      Another mission was to destroy enemy tanks parked in their repair facility. You’re given a fireteam and everyone has sachel charges. You’re supposed to order your fireteam to plant their sachel charges close to some tanks and you plant your sachel charges close to others to try to blow up as many as you can, then leave as they send reinforcements out to look for you. My favorite way to do it? I snuck into the facility, jumped into one of their T-80 main battle tanks and using its machine gun, I killed all of the enemy crew there before they could get into their tanks. Then with the main gun I blew up all of the rest of the tanks. Then when the reinforcements arrived, I killed all of the soft-targets with the machine gun, blew up their APC with the main gun, then when they sent out a gunship, I shot it out of the sky with my main gun. So now, instead of trying to sneak back to the extraction point without being seen since on foot you would be no match against their reinforcements, I calmly drove back to the extraction point in my brand new T-80 tank, lol.

      I love that game, played through the campaign at least 3 times over trying new things…

      • dan

        I’m not much for pc games usually unless its rts… but that actually sounds kind of badass… :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/DownloadableConflict TaboriHK

    If you make a good game, you don’t have to worry about this.

  • Bryan Franck

    I always finish my games yeah i may not always beat them right away but thats because more and more new games come out all the time. Id rather stay on top getting the new games coming out then falling behind because when you own the game u can always go back to it anytime. Ive been waiting so long for a new Hitman game since blood money cant wait to play it!!

    • dan

      I know right, I’m still on the main quests for Elder Scrolls 3-5 lol

  • https://www.facebook.com/DownloadableConflict TaboriHK

    Also, some people don’t finish games because “they don’t want them to be over.” I know a lot of gamers who do this. It’s extremely strange to me, but it’s the opposite of disinterest.

  • jwalka

    good to know that i fall in the category of intellectual gamer since i have completed 8/10 of my games.

    that being said i want to see where they got the numbers from b/c if it’s through something stupid like that guinness book of records thing for the best game narrative, then it will be a load of bs.

  • http://www.the-voices.net Shane

    I finish some games, I don’t a lot of games.

    But Hitman games are one of the few that I usually play through the entire game at least twice, or at the very least I replay the hell out of certain missions.