Hitman: Absolution’s Contracts Mode Won’t Work Cross-Platform
The recently announced Contracts mode for Hitman: Absolution sounded like a super-cool way for the Hitman community to engage with one another. The mode allows users to create “contracts,” which are hits they can create in any level, with any characters. Wander through a hotel, for example, and you can create a contract for a maid, a concierge and a guest — and other players can then attempt to complete your contracts and earn themselves some money.
The idea was a cool method of bringing competition into a single-player game, but IO Interactive has said that it won’t be able to make the Contracts system work cross-platform. That’s a huge bummer, because it means that rather than having one giant awesome Hitman community, you’ll have three smaller, less cool Hitman communities. The issue is one of politics between the platform makers, apparently, and that seems to be tying IO’s hands.
There might be a solution, however.
According to a story from Joystiq, IO has revealed that all of the Hitman: Absolution contracts are set and determined by numerical codes. If the player community can crack the codes, they’ll be able to independently set up any contract found on any system on the other platforms, and then try their hands at it. It sounds a little…involved, but at least it’s something. The contracts would still need to be created by players on the various platforms for them to try, because the codes only give the very basic blueprints of the scenario. But it’s possible to get your contracts on other systems, probably with the help of some excited forum users.