Hitman 2

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Hitman 2
Hitman 2 cover
IO Interactive
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Glacier 2
Release dates
Windows November 13, 2018
Hitman 2 at Wikipedia
Hitman: Codename 47 2000
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin 2002
Hitman: Contracts 2004
Hitman: Blood Money 2006
Hitman: Sniper Challenge 2012
Hitman: Absolution 2012
Hitman GO 2015
Hitman 2016
Hitman 2 2018

This page is for the 2018 game. For the 2002 game, see Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.

Key points

Owners of Hitman will automatically receive an appropriate "Legacy Pack" containing content from the previous game[1]
The game requires a constant internet connection for some features to work properly (Elusive targets, Contracts mode and Challenge progression).[2]

General information

PC Report: Hitman 2
Official website
Official forum
Steam Community Discussions


All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM[3]
The prologue mission of the game is available for free on Steam. Owners of an applicable version of the previous game will also be able to access Legacy locations through this version of the game.[4]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
GOTY Legacy Pack This is the complete legacy pack, containing the base legacy pack in addition to the Patient Zero campaign, GOTY suits and three GOTY Escalation Contracts. This pack is available for purchase, but is also automatically redeemed for Hitman owners of the Game of the Year Edition (or have upgraded to the GOTY Edition) or the Definitive Edition.
GOTY Legacy Pack Upgrade This is an upgrade pack for owners of the base legacy pack that grants them the additional contents of the GOTY Legacy Pack.
Legacy Pack This is the base legacy pack containing all locations and campaign missions of Hitman. This pack is not available for purchase but is automatically redeemed for Hitman owners of The Full Experience, The Complete First Season, or all seven episodes individually, see Hitman Legacy Pack FAQ.
Expansion Pass Season pass; grants access to Expansion Pack 1 and 2.
Expansion Pack 1 Adds a new location and mission.
Expansion Pack 2 Adds a new location and mission.
Executive Pack Adds an additional pistol and briefcase.

Version differences[edit]

Hitman: Sniper Assassin[edit]

Standalone version of the 'Sniper Assassin' game mode of Hitman 2, made available as an early access pre-order bonus. This separate digital download was removed and made unplayable following the early access release of the game on November 8, 2018.[5][6][7]

Silver Edition[edit]

Includes the Expansion Pack 1 and Executive Pack DLC.
Granted early access to a standalone version of the 'Sniper Assassin' game mode as a pre-order bonus.

Gold Edition[edit]

Includes the Expansion Pass (Expansion Pack 1 and 2) and Executive Pack DLC.
Granted early access to a standalone version of the 'Sniper Assassin' game mode as a pre-order bonus.
Granted early access to the game on November 8, 2018.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip launcher[edit]

Use the -skip_launcher command line argument[8]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IO Interactive\HITMAN2
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/863550/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\863550\remote\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/863550/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

External graphics settings.
External graphics settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
FOV in-game and for menus are auto-adjusted (Hor+) when using ultra-widescreen resolutions, however some minor UI elements (splash screen background, intro movies) are filled to the screen (Vert-).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Labeled Fullscreen in the options.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 2.0x SSAA, in addition to SMAA T1x, which cannot be disabled.[9][10]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See Issues resolved.
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

General keyboard and mouse settings.
General keyboard and mouse settings.
General controller settings.
General controller settings.

Audio settings[edit]

General audio settings.
General audio settings.
General language settings.
General language settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Effects, Music, Dialogue.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0.[11]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op, Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Can also manually invite a player.
Direct IP

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hitman 2 (DX11).

Issues unresolved[edit]

The best way to report game issues to the developers is via the game's official bug report thread.

Crash to desktop on Nvidia chipsets[edit]

The following bugs were originally reported for the pre-launch version of the game included with the Gold Edition.
Downgrade graphics drivers[12]
  1. Download the GeForce 416.34 WHQL driver.
  2. Uninstall the currently-installed driver.
  3. Install the driver downloaded in Step 1 using the Clean Install option.


This fix has only been tested on a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and Windows 10 RC5.

Stuttering during in-game cutscenes[edit]

Steam permits the user to play the game when ~35GB have been downloaded, even though it still needs to download an additional 25 GB, and another 45 GB if a user bought the Legacy DLC.[13]
Wait for content to download in-game or disable Allow downloads during gameplay in the Steam settings[14]

Water in Season 1 (Legacy Pack) levels does not render correctly[edit]

Users report that bodies of water in Season 1 (Legacy Pack) levels do not render correctly.[15][16][17]
Example of Season 1 water rendering issue
Example of Season 1 water rendering issue
Fixed for Nvidia users in driver version 416.94.[18][19]

Can't connect servers[edit]

Anti-virus' web security may block a secure connection to the Hitman 2 servers.
Disable your anti-virus' "Web Security" feature[20]

Issues resolved[edit]

Crash on CPUs lacking the SSE4.1 instruction set[edit]

Hitman 2 levels will crash on CPUs lacking the SSE4.1 instruction set (most commonly the AMD Phenom 2 line-up).
The cause is a new software rasterizer to aid in culling objects that are not visible that relies on three SSE4.1 instructions.[21]
Fixed as of 2018-11-16.[22]

Cannot enable HDR mode on HDR monitors when using Exclusive Fullscreen mode[edit]

Fixed as of 2018-11-16.[22]
Disable HDR and WCG[22][23]
  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > System > Display.
  2. If you have multiple displays connected to your PC, choose the HDR-capable display you wish to use with Hitman 2 under Select and rearrange displays.
  3. Select Windows HD Color settings.
  4. Turn off Play HDR games and apps.


This fix is only necessary under Windows 10.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 Despite Hitman: Sniper Assassin including DirectX 12 as an option, this was not included in the full version of the game.[24]
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Interface Autodesk Scaleform
Multiplayer RakNet

System requirements[edit]

A 64-bit system is required.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 940
Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB 16 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
DirectX 11 compatible
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
AMD GPU Radeon RX Vega 56 (8 GB VRAM)


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/863550/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (863550) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. HITMAN Legacy Pack FAQ - IO Interactive - last accessed on 2018-11-12
  2. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-11-12
    Verified by opting out of the Privacy Policy and going over to offline mode. Basically the same restrictions as in Hitman (2016).
  3. Denuvo Support Page - last accessed on 2018-11-09
  4. Steam Community - Hitman 2 - HITMAN 2 - FREE Prologue - last accessed on 2018-11-14
  5. SteamDB - HITMAN™: Sniper Assassin - Change #5359353 - last accessed on 2018-11-09
  6. IO Interactive - HITMAN 2 – Countdown to Launch - last accessed on 2018-11-09
  7. Steam Discussions - HITMAN™: Sniper Assassin - Not able to play yet? - last accessed on 2018-11-09
  8. Verified by User:Silent on 2018-11-09
  9. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-11-11
    Verified by setting everything to lowest at 1440p and anti-aliasing was still enabled. There's a reg key "AntiAliasing" but this had no effect when set to 0.
  10. Eurogamer - Hitman 2 is a stunningly detailed game with some cool tech features - last accessed on
    "Gone is the ability to determine your anti-aliasing technique, with SMAA T1x enforced throughout instead."
  11. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-11-09
    Verified using the in-game volume mixer of Special K and checking the speaker channels. I did not register any activity on the LFE channel despite test-firing of grenades and a shotgun.
  12. Steam Community Discussion - Crash to desktop with no error message SOLVED (Nvidia users) - last accessed on 2018-11-11
  13. Steam Community Discussion - Stuttering in game - last accessed on 2018-11-11
    "you can start playing the game when you have 35gb downloaded, the full game is 60, and another 45 for legacy"
  14. Steam Community Discussion - Stuttering in game - last accessed on 2018-11-11
    "it stuttred for the first 2 hours while it was downloading, its smooth now 90 fps, everthing set to ultra at 2560x1440"
  15. Steam Community Discussion - So what's up with the water? - last accessed on 2018-11-13
  16. Hitman Forum - Official HITMAN 2 Bug Report Thread - last accessed on
    "Colorado has similarly buggy water to Hokkaido."
  17. Hitman Forum - Official HITMAN 2 Bug Report Thread - last accessed on
    "Hokkaido water is bugged."
  18. Verified by User:Silent on 2018-11-13
    Verified using a RenderDoc capture of an affected scene. Without the latest driver's optimizations, the issue persists; with the latest driver's optimizations, the issue is resolved.
  19. Steam Community Discussion - New Nvidia Drivers add HITMAN 2 Support - last accessed on 2018-11-15
  20. Hitman Forum - Can't connect to the Hitman 2 servers - last accessed on 2018-11-14
  21. Hitman Forum - Hitman 2 content is crashing on Phenom 2 CPUs - last accessed on 2018-11-14
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Steam Community News - HITMAN 2 Hotfix Released - last accessed on 2018-11-16
  23. Windows Help - HDR and WCG color settings in Windows 10 - last accessed on 2018-11-16
  24. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-11-09
    Verified manually. GraphicsAPI reg key that was used to enable DirectX 12 in Hitman: Sniper Assassin have no effect on Hitman 2.