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Hitman: Absolution

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Hitman: Absolution
Hitman: Absolution cover
Developers
IO Interactive
Eidos Shanghai
Windows Nixxes Software
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Publishers
Former Square Enix
OS X, former Feral Interactive
Former Square Enix
Current IO Interactive
Engines
Glacier 2
Release dates
Windows November 20, 2012
macOS (OS X) May 15, 2014
Reception
Metacritic 79
IGDB 76
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Hitman
Hitman: Absolution on HowLongToBeat
Hitman: Absolution on IGDB
Hitman: Absolution guide on StrategyWiki
Hitman: Absolution on MobyGames
Hitman: Absolution on Wikipedia
Hitman
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 World of Assassination 2021

Warnings

The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Key points

Servers for online services were shut down in May 2018, making the Contracts mode unavailable, any Contracts related achievements unobtainable and any single-player unlocks useless.[1][2]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Square Enix Forums

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.co.uk
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
GamersGate
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Elite Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Redundant Online UI/functions removed; 6.8 GB smaller install.[3]
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Elite Edition.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Developer website (unavailable)
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Elite Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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Elite Edition.
macOS (OS X)

Version differences

Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition includes 72-page Digital Artbook, The Making Hitman Absolution video, and the Agency Gun Pack DLC.
Hitman Absolution: Elite Edition includes the Professional Edition and all DLC.
The OS X version includes all Elite Edition content.
All purchases except the GOG.com version[4] now include Hitman: Sniper Challenge[5] which was previously a pre-order exclusive.
Japanese language support is only available in Japan; this version only includes Japanese text and Japanese and English audio.

DLC and expansion packs

All DLC was Contracts-mode only. Purchasing and using DLC is no longer possible due to the Contracts mode servers being shut down.
Name Notes
Agency HX UMP
Windows
Agency Jagd P22G
Windows
Agency SPS 12
Windows
Bartoli Custom Gun
Windows
Bronson M1928 Gun
Windows
Deus Ex (Adam Jensen) Disguise
Windows
Deus Ex (Adam Jensen) Handgun
Windows
High Roller Disguise
Windows
High Tech Disguise
Windows
Krugermeier 2-2 Gun
Windows
Public Enemy Disguise
Windows

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Extract and overwrite the content of this archive in your game folder
The game contains 7GB of pre-rendered cutscenes. Besides menu_main in "ui", you can delete them - at least whole "in_level" folder, and probably also "loading" folder without replacing the files to dummy file (like above). In result - the game will show an error, then disappear from taskbar, but when you press Alt+Tab you can return to loading.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IO Interactive\Hitman Absolution
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Hitman Absolution/Preferences Data
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203140/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\205930\remote\
GOG.com %APPDATA%\IO Interactive\HM5\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/com.feralinteractive.hitmanabsolution
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203140/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

Display settings
Display settings
Graphical settings
Graphical settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Aspect Ratio has to be set to Auto in-game for Ultra-widescreen to work properly. Prerendered cutscenes and menus will still be shown in 16:9 aspect ratio.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Turn off "Exclusive Fullscreen" under Display to use borderless mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, up to 8x MSAA. Seperate options in settings.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap with Vsync disabled. [6] Up to 144 fps-limit can be set that only activates when Vsync is enabled.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output.[7]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation
Italian
Japanese
Japan only; only includes Japanese text and English and Japanese audio.
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation: download (GGames)
Russian
Spanish
Turkish

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hitman Absolution. Native support was present on launch and in beta builds, but was patched out soon after release.[8]
vorpX
G3D, Z3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
( G3D available but with glitches ! )

Issues fixed

No sound

Was reported at launch. It is not known if this issue still occurs after many updates to Windows, drivers and the game itself over the years.
Disable surround sound on audio drivers[9]

Game doesn't show up in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, sometimes the game will appear to start minimized, and any attempts at restoring the game will not work.
Disable Exclusive Fullscreen[citation needed]

DX 11 Crashes on Nvidia GeForce 500 and 600 series

Increase Vcore to the GPU slightly or Drop the GPU Clocks[citation needed]
It seems Nvidia have set the default Vcore too low on the 5xx/6xx series cards. They do pass stress testing but crash in a few Real World DX11 intensive games.

Crash to desktop when using MSI Afterburner's On Screen Display

Config file edit
  1. Open the MSI On-Screen Display Server program (RivaTuner Statistics Server).
  2. Click the plus sign (or newly "add" button) and navigate to where you installed Hitman: Absolution and add HMA.exe
  3. Once you have that added go to C:\Program Files (x86)\RivaTuner Statistics Server\Profiles
  4. Edit HMA.exe.cfg
  5. Change EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=0 to EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=1
  6. Change HookDirectDraw=0 to HookDirectDraw=1

Mods

Toggle Hud

Lets you toggle the entire HUD on and off ingame with the tab key.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 10, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX, Shroud cloth simulation engine PhysX v2.8.4.4
Audio FMOD v4.43.00, newer version than used in Hitman: Sniper Challenge
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video v1.9.99.0

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) True dual core CPU (Intel, AMD)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 24 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600
AMD equivalent
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.9.2 Mavericks
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 24 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM

Notes

  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>/203140/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (203140) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References