An elusive target is a one time opportunity target, meaning you only get one attempt and one assassination. If you die, the contract will fail and you will be unable to try it ever again. Elusive targets are released sporadically by the game developers and once a target is released, there are only 48 hours of time available to try out the mission.
Compared to regular contracts, there is now a real backstory to the mission and the target has it's own conversations within the game. An elusive target can not be found in the regular episodic mission belonging to the destination, but you might be able to find references to the target already before he's been released as an elusive contract. Once an elusive target is released, you may also be able to learn things about the story of the location which you didn't fully understand when doing the episodic mission.
- You must begin the contract before the countdown expires.
- If 47 is killed, you may not retry the contract.
- Once you have completed the contract and successfully exited, you may not retry the contract.
- Once your target has been killed, you may no longer restart the contract.
- You cannot save your game while playing an Elusive Target.
- The contract briefing may contain additional fail conditions.
Since everything is new once an elusive target has been released, you will need to explore and find the target within the map. You also have to study their movement, learning what they do before coming up with your assassination plan. The elusive target does not appear on the in-game minimap as a target and not while using instinct either.
Similar to escalations, additional interactable objects or items, as well as new NPCs apart from the elusive target itself, may be added to an elusive target's mission.
Elusive targets Edit
|Target and mission||Location||Released|
in The Forger
|The Showstopper||13 May 2016|
|Anthony L. Troutt|
in The Congressman
|World of Tomorrow||27 May 2016|
in The Prince
|World of Tomorrow||8 June 2016|
in The Sensation
|The Showstopper||14 June 2016|
in The Gunrunner
|A Gilded Cage||1 July 2016|
in The Twin
|World of Tomorrow||15 July 2016|
in The Wildcard
|World of Tomorrow||21 July 2016|
in The Broker
|The Showstopper||8 August 2016|
The elusive targets icon with the "coming soon" message had been in the game since it was released on11 March 2016, but the first mission The Forger wasn't released until 13 May 2016. A second elusive targets mission, The Congressman, was set to be released only two weeks later on 27 May 2016.
A reward system has been implemented for the elusive target missions. Once you complete your first five missions, you will receive the Absolution Suit which is the signature suit from Hitman: Absolution. Once you complete your first ten missions, you will receive the Blood Money Suit which is the signature suit from Hitman: Blood Money. Once you complete your first thirtheen missions, you will receive the Signature Suit with Gloves .
- Elusive Targets I unlock the Absolution Suit
- Elusive Targets II unlock the Blood Money Suit
- Elusive Targets III unlock the Signature Suit with Gloves
Each Elusive targets mission released will also include two challenges to complete. One will be the targets challenge to assassinate the specific target. The other one is the Silent Assassin challenge to eliminate the target without being spotted and without any non-target casualties.
The leaderboards included for the Elusive targets missions will be released by the developers a couple of days after the missions are over. Only the top 3 players for each console will be published (PC, Playstation and Xbox). Player stats is also released and includes the percentage of players who were successful in completing the mission and also the percentage of players who were able to achieve the Silent Assassin challenge. They are also able to track when the target was fist assassinated and also when the first Silent Assassin run was completed.