Hitman “Legacy” Trailer Targets

Posted on 26 Feb 2016 by
Simon Sirmenis

A couple of days ago, following the Hitman beta that was running over the weekend, Square released a “Legacy” trailer. In that trailer they payed tribute to all the previous Hitman games with a CGI reimagination from the famous kills in an authentic agent 47 style. If you haven’t had a chance to experience some of those games, missed some correlations or just didn’t get the reference, the publisher decided to explain the details. You can find them in the press release below.

Official Press Release


Released earlier this week, the HITMAN Opening Cinematic bridges the 20-year gap between the end of the HITMAN Prologue and the Sanguine Fashion Show in Paris. In that time, the events of the previous Hitman games take place and the Opening Cinematic shows the highlights of Agent 47’s career to date.

The ‘Legacy’ Opening Cinematic features scenes from every Hitman game and below is the breakdown of which hits are from which games and why Creative Director Christian Elverdam chose to feature those hits in this trailer:

Target #1 2000, Hitman: Codename 47

We loved the idea of re-imagining Agent 47s hit on the Red Dragon Negotiator in Hong Kong. And we could draw on the iconic sniper pose from Blood Money, hence the Casino reference.

Target #2 2002, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

47 has always used poison and disguises to great effect, and using the lethal puffer fish on Hayamoto Jr.’s sushi is about as classic as you can get.

Target #3 2004, Hitman: Contracts (and Codename 47)

The thermal baths have a serene beauty and the mission is a true franchise classic. In the trailer we felt we could picture an accidental kill in a very pure form.

Target #4 2006, Hitman: Blood Money

The fiber wire has always been a signature weapon of Agent 47 and the Don playing the cello has a truly poetic touch to it. Looking for a classic fiber wire kill, this one was the ideal choice for us.

Target #5 2012, Hitman Absolution

As Agent 47 you often feel like a voyeur and the kill on Dom Osmond through the mirror captures this perfectly. With the trailer we could also create a wonderful subtext for the scene with 47 surprisingly killing himself.

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