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This page is for the 2016 game. For the original 2000 game, see Hitman: Codename 47.

HITMAN cover
IO Interactive
Mi'pu'mi Games[1]
Linux Feral Interactive[2]
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Former Square Enix
Current IO Interactive
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive[2]
Glacier 2
Release dates
Windows March 11, 2016
Linux February 16, 2017[2]
macOS (OS X) June 20, 2017[3]
Metacritic 83
OpenCritic 84
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, Stealth
Series Hitman
Hitman on HowLongToBeat
Hitman on IGDB
Hitman guide on StrategyWiki
Hitman on MobyGames
Hitman on 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
Hitman 3 2021

Key points

Individual DLC/levels of this game can be disabled/uninstalled in the DLC Steam menu of the game to significantly save on disk space
The game requires a constant internet connection for some features to work properly (Elusive targets, Contracts mode, Level progression, Weapon unlocking, and Challenge progression) .[4] Unlocks made online do sync to the offline profile, however.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Only released in Europe, contains 5 DVDs and steelbook only.
macOS (OS X)
Developer website
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Game of the Year Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Game of the Year Edition.
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Game of the Year Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Game of the Year Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Game of the Year Edition.
macOS (OS X)
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Game of the Year Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
GOG.com (unavailable)
DRM-free with some exceptions (notes may include more details)
Game of the Year Edition.
Offline mode has very limited functionality; only the six basic levels with no progression or unlocking options, as well as other caveats listed at the top of the page, are available for offline "DRM-Free" mode. Elusive targets are not available anymore even online mode.
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Game of the Year Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed from the Windows version on June 21, 2017.
A demo is available (progress carries over to the full game).[5]
All players receive the Hitman 2016 soundtrack and the "Making of" documentary, regardless of purchase history.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Blood Money Requiem Pack
macOS (OS X)
Bonus Campaign Patient Zero Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Bonus Episode Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Episode 1 - Paris Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Episode 2 - Sapienza Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Episode 3 - Marrakesh Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Episode 4 - Bangkok Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Episode 5 - Colorado Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Episode 6 - Hokkaido Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
GOTY Outfit Bundle Part of the Game of The Year Edition
macOS (OS X)
Japanese Language Pack Only available in Japan.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip launcher[edit]

Use the -skip_launcher command line argument[6]

Force Vulkan under Linux[edit]

Through launcher[7]
  1. Open Feral Launcher.
  2. Go to Advanced Options.
  3. add -showdebugpanel -showtestpanel.
By editing configuration files[8]
  1. Edit $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/HITMAN/preferences.
  2. Add <value name="UseVulkan" type="integer">1</value> below HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, IndirectX, Direct3D and Config keys.
This forces simple D3D11 to Vulkan translation which could result with increased[9] or decreased performance and possible visual glitches, e.g. no water.[8]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\IO Interactive\Hitman\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/HITMAN/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %APPDATA%\Io Interactive\Epic\<user-id>\HITMAN
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/236870/remote/
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Approx. 244 MB available. Save files are cross-platform.


External graphics settings.
External graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings (Launch).
In-game graphics settings (Launch).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cinematics are windowboxed.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples. Broken in DirectX 12 mode, use driver setting instead.[10]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap as of May 2018. See Run the game at screen refresh rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
[11] up to 2000nit mastering. doesn't work with dx11
The most important settings to tweak for higher performance are shadow maps, followed by anti-aliasing.[12]


In-game controller settings (Launch).
In-game controller settings (Launch).
In-game mouse and keyboard settings (Launch).
In-game mouse and keyboard settings (Launch).

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Key remapping does not allow you to overwrite old keybinds. They must be set to a new key first.
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Mapping issues
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Tobii Eye Tracking
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection
Limited use, as the mouse input is required for the cursor to show up.


In-game audio settings (Launch).
In-game audio settings (Launch).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Effects and Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Japanese Language Pack required to access Japanese voices.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Latin American Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hitman 2016 (DX11).
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking
Supports: Aim at Gaze, Auto-Pause, Clean UI, Dynamic Light, Extended View - Eye & Head Tracking, Instinct at Gaze, Throw at Gaze.

Issues fixed[edit]

Flickering with AMD Crossfire[edit]

Game flickers when run on multiple AMD GPUs in Crossfire.
Change the resolution and then change back to the original resolution[13]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[14]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Double-click on the Refreshrate entry.
  3. Select Decimal and change the value to your screen refresh rate.


On Windows, there used to be a GFXSettings.HITMAN.xml file that had graphics settings, but the game has since been updated. As a result, the file was removed and the settings were moved to the Registry. On Linux, the XML file exists but is set up in the same coding language as a Registry entry.

Game crashes to desktop[edit]

Performance-monitoring software, like Logitech Gaming Software, can cause the game to crash. Close it before starting the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 [15]
OpenGL 4.1, 4.5 Linux only
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX v3.3.4.0
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Input Tobii eye tracking v0.1.0.35
Cutscenes CRI Movie

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 940
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Medium and high textures require a GPU with 3 GB and 4 GB of VRAM respectively. GPUs with 2 GB of VRAM will run at the low setting by default (this can be overridden in the launcher).[16]
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.12.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 81 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 680MX
AMD Radeon R9 M290
Intel Iris Graphics 540
2 GB of VRAM
Intel and Nvidia graphics cards require macOS 10.13.4 or later.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 16.04, SteamOS 2.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 81 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
AMD Radeon R9 270X
The Open Source MESA Drivers for AMD (RadeonSI and AMDGPU) are fully supported, so long as the version is 17 or newer. Intel Graphics are not supported.[17]


  1. Hitman - Mi'pu'mi Games - last accessed on 2022-10-05
    "One of HITMAN (2016) and HITMAN 2 (2018)’s defining features is the World of Assassination. From 2016 until 2019, numerous content updates for both games have been published. We have participated in that effort not only with robust systems design and implementation but also reliable and punctual on-demand support and bug-fixing for 38 individual release certifications on the two major platforms."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Agent 47 marks his target: HITMAN coming to Linux on February 16th - Feral News - last accessed on 2017-02-07
  3. Primary objective: run HITMAN on macOS | Feral News
  4. Unlocks work offline now : HiTMAN - last accessed on 2021-09-22
    "Items include all mastery items, so weapons, gear, starting/pickup locations as well as Elusive Target suit rewards and Challenge Pack unlocks. It's worth noting you must be connected to the game servers in order to acquire new unlocks."
  5. Try HITMAN for FREE - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: HITMAN™
  6. Verified by User:Silent on 2018-11-09
  7. Graphical issues with Hitman 2016 : linux_gaming (comment)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Graphical issues with Hitman 2016 : linux_gaming (comment)
  9. Hitman (2016) OpenGL vs VULKAN (Unreleased) [GNU/Linux] - YouTube
  10. https://steamcommunity.com/app/236870/discussions/0/364039531224591938/
  11. https://twitter.com/Hitman/status/822074672846110720
  12. https://www.tweaktown.com/guides/7633/hitman-graphics-performance-tweak-guide/index4.html
  13. :: PSA: AMD users suffering flickering in HITMAN with CrossFire, try changing the resolution, then change back to your original resolution. -- Reddit
  14. How to change refreshrate! :: HITMAN™ General Discussions
  15. Hitman will support DirectX 12 at launch - PC Gamer
  16. Update 1.03 is OUT NOW - Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: HITMAN™
  17. New intel acquired: system requirements for HITMAN™ on Linux