Hitman 2 is officially out in the open, but prospective buyers are being plagued by a simple question: is Hitman 2 always online? The latest installment in the franchise has been received positively by most, but an issue like this could cause consternation among a small contingent of fans.
Is Hitman 2 Always Online?
A few Hitman 2 fans have been asking if the stealth game is an “always online” game, including some of our own staff. This means that a game needs to be connected to the internet in some capacity in order for it to work, such as when unlocking achievements or trophies.
The query that some players have is if they need to be connected to the internet to be able to play the game. Reddit user Piesize took to the Hitman subreddit to ask if Hitman 2 had this requirement or not due to a personal internet problem they were having. Other players have also pre-loaded the title for download, but are left wondering if they’ll have to wait for their internet to be fixed in order to play it.
For the most part, yes, Hitman 2 is an always online game. In order for progress to be carried over in between missions, Hitman 2 requires an internet connection. This is a part of the game’s auto-save function, which means that your save file is typically stored in the game’s cloud servers. Instead of saving game data to your hard drive, your file is stored on IO Interactive’s own servers and can be accessed every time you load the game up, without having to manually load your own save.
It is possible for Hitman 2 players to make and play on local save files, but the game notably distinguishes between offline and online saves. In addition, sticking with offline save files disables a lot of the Hitman 2 always online functions, including leaderboards and the ability to earn unlocks. So in terms of simply playing the game without an internet connection, it’s entirely possible to do. You just won’t earn unlocks, your save data won’t carry over between missions, and you’ll have to replay levels over again when you’re online.