Hitman released not only as an episodic game but as a live experience as well. We are all in for live experiences and always online games but there are some issues that come with it when you go down this road. For Hitman, the price it pays for a live experience is useless offline saves.
When you play the game online and make a save, it is incompatible with saves you made offline. The major issue with this is that if while playing online your connection drops or Square Enix servers go down, all your online saves are rendered useless. You can not continue from where you left off without an internet connection.
This can be really frustrating but save your frustration for what I am about to tell you. According to IO Interactive, they can’t or should I say won’t fix this issue.
IO says it made the online experience very clear to the community before release.
When we announced Hitman, we explained to fans and to gamers everywhere how we are creating a live game,” an IO Interactive spokesperson has now told Eurogamer.
This is a constantly evolving, living world of assassination, that will grow alongside the community with frequent content updates in between the launch of each location. This live content includes new contracts, escalation contracts, elusive targets, and even additional challenges.
It is possible to enjoy the locations offline, but in order to ensure player-progress of the live content is correct and up to date, the save states for online and offline are kept separate.
From the looks of it, they don’t intent to resolve Hitman save issue anytime soon. Keep this in mind while you are playing the new Hitman game.