The February Roadmap states that "we will be removing 3 challenges from the Isle of Sgail location; All The King’s Men, Making Waves and No Budget For A Railing. After a sweep of the challenges in the game, we think that these particular challenges encourage the killing of multiple non-targets and they’re not fun to complete. We’ve also factored community feedback into the decision and wanted to tell you ahead of time."
I would like to write this post to ask IO to rethink this decision and, to reinforce this point, I have selected a few challenges that also encourage the killing of non-targets.
Hitman is a game all about player choice and, in many cases, people play the game with collateral damage. In fact, I think the game itself encourages the freedom to do this. After all, we are given several weapons which are almost useless unless we go loud. Another fact is that, in casual, 47 can survive well in firefights, which is unecessary if the game was solely focused on stealth.
I think that "these particular challenges encourage the killing of multiple non-targets" is not sufficient reason to remove these challenges, based on the fact that there are several other challenges that do the same (such as the ones I will detail below). With regards to the claim that they are not fun to complete, this is subjective and there are several other challenges that are grindy and, IMO, not fun to complete either. But that does not mean they should be removed. What is not fun for one player might be fun for another.
Personally, I think that throwing 47 people into the sea and trying to do that without being spotted is a lot more fun than searching the entire level for 30 coins, or even searching Mumbai for the 5 Maelstrom manifesto's.
So, without further ado, here is my list of other challenges that encourage the killing of non-targets. Please not that I am not saying they should be removed too. I am saying that, because of all these challenges, "All The King’s Men, Making Waves and No Budget For A Railing" should not be removed.
Orson Bathes. We have to kill Orson in the shower.
No Running on the Tiles. Kill someone by pushing them into the pool.
Thorough Demonstration. Kill someone who is not Robert Knox using the robot.
Red Flag. Cause the race to stop due to too many accident.
Fly Tipping. Feed 5 different types of NPCs to piranhas.
We also had just this week, the inclusion of a challenge to eliminate 5 people with poison as the Shaman. At the very least, 2 of them will not be mission targets. When I did it, I killed 4 non-targets for the challenge.
It was his biggest fan. This mission story makes you kill a non-target. The lead actress goes flying with Rangan.
Boyz n Dawood. We have to kill 4 of Rangan's bodyguards.
I did not find many non-target challenges for this one, granted. The exception was the Death From Below challenge, which ends up killing a non-target in the explosion.
Isle of Sgàil
In addition to the 3 challenges that are to be removed, we also have:
Going Solo. Kill 3 musicians while dressed as one.
Who Wants Chowder? Yes, this one can be done non-lethally, but it can easily involve killing non-targets too.
There are others but these are the ones I thought would demonstrate my point.
I only need to do "All The King’s Men" to have these challenges done before they are removed, but I do not think it is necessary to remove them.
Ultimately, IO will do what they think is best for the game, but I would like to add my opinion and hear yours too. Do you think these challenges should be removed? Why or why not?
There are several other challenges that involve killing (sometimes several) non-targets. There are also many challenges that can be considered unfun too. As such, there is no real reason to remove the challenges All The King’s Men, Making Waves and No Budget For A Railing.
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