Hitman 2, set to release on 13 November, will bring back its ‘Elusive Target’ game mode – this time, giving you a limited time to kill none other than Sean Bean, the Man of Many Deaths.
‘Elusive Target’ is a game mode introduced in the previous instalment of the game, where for a limited time frame, you’re able to hunt down and kill a target. Unlike the normal game mode, the player has one shot to find and eliminate the target.
The Hitman team have taken full advantage of Bean’s infamy for fictional deaths.
Whereas normal levels allow you to easily track your targets by activating ‘instinct mode’ and highlighting the character’s location, in ‘Elusive Target’, one relies on a description of the target and roughly where they will be. However, for Hitman 2 the first target is based on and voiced by the distinctive Sean Bean, identifiable by his rough facial features and strong Yorkshire accent.
The Hitman team have taken full advantage of Bean’s infamy for fictional deaths, with the reveal video for his level, appropriately called The Undying, featuring Sean Bean in character as Mark Faba (his famous role in 1995’s GoldenEye), telling a therapist of all the times he’s tricked his enemies into thinking he was dead, before summarily executing said therapist and challenging a watching Agent 47. In an interview with The Verge, Bean explained that in Hitman “it could be anything. The players can kill me any way they want.”
The player has one shot to find and eliminate the target.
Players will be able to attempt to kill Sean Bean shortly after Hitman 2’s release for around a fortnight – but should you fail in your mission, that’s it. No retries. And based on the result of an online vote, you have the option of an exclusive new weapon to kill him with, such as a pair of earphones to garrote him with.