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IO Interactive are continuing to improve HITMAN 2 and to let people have a little taste, the first mission is now entirely free.

Thanks to Steam Play, it works really well on Linux. Without spending a penny, there’s hours of fun you can have here. So even if you’re holding out for a port from Feral Interactive again like with the previous game, you don’t even need to break any “no tux no bux” rule here to get a feel for it (not that Feral have even teased a port for this one—sadly). For those wanting to dip their toes in Steam Play, this is a fine choice.

On top of that, if you own the previous game, you will also get access to all those episodes inside of HITMAN 2 as well (with some upgrades) which is great. Find more info specifically on that here.

From the announcement about the first mission now being free, they said this:

You’ll get full access to the Hawke’s Bay challenges and unlocks – including hidden stashes, new starting locations and weapons that will change the way you can approach the mission.

When you feel like you’ve mastered the location, you can prove it with the Professional and Master difficulty levels that introduce new ways to play.

All progression that you earn from the Starter Pack will carry over into the full game when you choose to buy it.

What I truly love about the HITMAN games are their open sandbox design, so you can go at your own pace and you never really feel forced into doing something any particular way. Each mission evolves with you, as the AI reacts to what you do. A very interesting experience for sure.

Here’s a look at the first HITMAN 2 mission, played on Ubuntu 18.10 with Steam Play Proton 3.16-7 showcasing rather clearly how not to be a hitman:

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As mentioned in the video, I got a little confused about taking down the target and I totally messed up the end. The point is though, it works well and it’s damn fun to play.

I did come across two issues to note. Firstly, unless I bring up the Steam Overlay, the game will lock my mouse cursor which is actually quite a common problem even with native games. The second, sometimes it will turn itself into a window instead of fullscreen on ALT+TAB, going back and forth once more randomly fixes itself back into fullscreen.

One other odd issue, is that attempting to record with OBS Studio in this case was a hassle. The game would be running great, so I hit record and suddenly I get intense mouse-lag. Thankfully, it worked this once to grab the footage. Not a mark against the game, as it’s specifically when using OBS and it doesn’t happen every time.

Honestly, I’m amazed at how well HITMAN 2 works for such a new game. If you fancy giving it a shot, grab your disguise over on Steam.

Note: If you try to install and you get an error about an Invalid Platform, you can check the “Enable Steam Play for all other titles” in Steam’s settings. There’s probably other ways around it but I find that the most simple to do.

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amanre 1 Mar, 2019
I installed the game in steam,but for some reason it doesn't start up. Any help would be appreciated .
I have an Acer laptop,with an gforce GT 420M maybe the card is to small .

Thanks in advance
mylka 2 Mar, 2019
Quoting: amanreHi,
I installed the game in steam,but for some reason it doesn't start up. Any help would be appreciated .
I have an Acer laptop,with an gforce GT 420M maybe the card is to small .

Thanks in advance

could it be, that it is a very old laptop?

terminal -> vulkaninfo | more
you can see if you have vulkan installed

you also can try "PROTON_USE_WINED3D11=1 %command%" as launch option in steam
amanre 2 Mar, 2019
Thanks for your help but it still doesn't work,oh well to bad

System: Host: ArcoLinuxD Kernel: 4.20.13-arch1-1-ARCH x86_64 bits: 64
Desktop: i3 4.16.1-113-gddde89fe Distro: ArcoLinuxD v19.03.1
Machine: Type: Laptop System: Acer product: Aspire 5742G v: V1.23 serial: <root required>
Mobo: Acer model: Aspire 5742G v: V1.23 serial: <root required> BIOS: Acer v: 1.23
date: 07/12/2011
Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 36.9 Wh condition: 36.9/48.8 Wh (76%)
CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5 M 460 bits: 64 type: MT MCP
L2 cache: 3072 KiB
Speed: 1411 MHz min/max: 1199/2534 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1242 2: 1300 3: 1275
4: 1208
Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA GF108M [GeForce GT 420M] driver: nvidia v: 390.116
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: nvidia
resolution: 1366x768~60Hz, 1680x1050~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GT 420M/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 390.116
Audio: Device-1: Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
Device-2: NVIDIA GF108 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.20.13-arch1-1-ARCH
Network: Device-1: Broadcom and subsidiaries NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
driver: tg3
IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 88:ae:1d:88:bf:90
Device-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43225 802.11b/g/n driver: wl
IF: wlp3s0 state: dormant mac: 4c:0f:6e:84:4c:14
Drives: Local Storage: total: 5.22 TiB used: 299.18 GiB (5.6%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: SanDisk model: SDSSDA240G size: 223.57 GiB
ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Toshiba model: MQ01ABD050 size: 465.76 GiB
ID-3: /dev/sdc type: USB vendor: Western Digital model: WD Elements 25A1
size: 3.64 TiB
ID-4: /dev/sdd type: USB vendor: Hitachi model: HDT721010SLA360 size: 931.51 GiB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 203.15 GiB used: 13.61 GiB (6.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-2: /home size: 457.45 GiB used: 285.57 GiB (62.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb1
ID-3: swap-1 size: 16.17 GiB used: 3.5 MiB (0.0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 55.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 62 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info: Processes: 180 Uptime: 46m Memory: 7.65 GiB used: 1.52 GiB (19.9%) Shell: bash
inxi: 3.0.30
jens 2 Mar, 2019
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Quoting: pb3. I really, really wish Feral would port it or at least announce the port, because I don't know how much longer I can hold out from buying. :-(

Yes, same here :(.
Stebs 4 Mar, 2019
Quoting: amanreThanks for your help but it still doesn't work,oh well to bad
Graphics: Device-1: NVIDIA GF108M [GeForce GT 420M] driver: nvidia v: 390.116
Your old Laptop uses a Fermi based GPU, Nvidia doesn't have Vulkan drivers for Fermi.
So you can't use DXVK (DX11 -> Vulkan) and must use Wine (DX11 -> OpenGL) instead.
But Dx11->OpenGL is still work in progress, so maybe with Hitman 2 it will not work.
I think Proton does this with this Steam Game Launch Option:
PROTON_USE_WINED3D=1 %command%

...But anyway, I doubt it will be playable with such an old and weak mobile GPU :(

Oh, somehow missed
Quoting: mylkayou also can try "PROTON_USE_WINED3D11=1 %command%" as launch option in steam
PROTON_USE_WINED3D11 is now an alias for the newer option PROTON_USE_WINED3D I mentioned, so he said the same as I did. If this doesn't work, you are out of luck.
You need a newer faster GPU with Vulkan support.

Last edited by Stebs on 4 March 2019 at 12:38 pm UTC
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