IO Interactive knows that Hitman players love the franchise and love the classic games: which is why you can walk past computers in Hitman 2 that are showing parts of Hitman 2. That is, the 2018 game Hitman 2 will let you stand in front of monitors playing the 2002 game Hitman 2: Silent Assassin. The computers are very clearly showing off the original load screen for Silent Assassin as well as what appears to be some gameplay from a mission briefing for the game, which is some next-level shenanigans.
The discovery was made on Twitter by Abul Kayes shortly after the latest game in the franchise launched last month.
— Abul Kayes (@kysddr) November 18, 2018
And yes, this was entirely intentional. Both the Hitman and IO Interactive Twitter accounts confirmed it.
— IO Interactive (@IOInteractive) December 5, 2018
This can only mean one thing: Hitmanception has arrived. Agent 47 is now self-aware and we must prepare for the inevitable fallout.
Though, it's hard to prepare for a guy who can assassinate politicians in public with a rubber ducky. May as well pack it in and accept your inevitable, but ultimately hilarious, demise.
IO Interactive is always a little bit wacky with the Hitman franchise, simply because they can be. They even brought in Sean Bean to make fun of his own film career for a time-limited event. Bean's elusive target mission was essentially a satire of every film he's ever died in, with a side of slapstick assassination comedy.
So, naturally, this game is just going to get more absurd from here on out, and we're all for that.