Hitman 2

Theory: The new revealed location is suppose to be Hong Kong, but it is changed to Chongqing mid development. Here’s why:

Hitman1 - Theory: The new revealed location is suppose to be Hong Kong, but it is changed to Chongqing mid development. Here's why:
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Evidence:

  1. The aesthetic seems off. Although there are neon signs in Chongqing, the amount of in-game is just too much. It is more similar to the number of neon signs in Hong Kong. And the overall feeling looks more like Hong Kong in general. (Apart from the Simplified Chinese)
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    Hong Kong Night Street
  2. The license plate style on the car is similar to Hong Kong, rather than Chongqing.
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    Hong Kong license plate-style
    In-game license plate (Yellow background, no Chinese word)
  3. In the Hitman 3 announcement trailer, one of the scenes shows a night city, with a Traditional Chinese & English road sign (KEEP CLEAR 請勿停車), and a single yellow line at the side of the road, which in Hong Kong, it means no stopping at the certain period. Reddit Post showing a comparison of the announcement trailer and IRL photo of Hong Kong

So why would IOI change the location mid-development?

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With Hong Kong's unstable political situation ongoing, making Hong Kong an in-game location would be asking for trouble. There are so many things if done incorrectly, would make the sales of the game in China drop significantly. For example, in the trailer, we can see people holding an umbrella in the rain. If the location is indeed Hong Kong, it will lead to certain people in China very upset, since they may associate this with the "Umbrella Revolution" in Hong Kong, even if the umbrella is just what people used in the rain.

Another reason why is to boost sales in China, with a game location set in China, people in China would be more likely to buy the game, as the game now "represents a part of China". With the insane population in China, it would mean much more money can be earned, which an independent studio like IOI needs the most.

Some people may question that the Hitman game will 100% feature blood and other violent scenes, which it is not allowed in Chinese gaming regulation. (There are many things the game need to add/remove if they want to be sold in China, one of them is it don't allow to show blood-red liquid) So how it would affect the sales in China if it can't be sold in China in the first place? In reality, many Chinese people ignore the restriction and use VPN to buy the game. IOI can also make a "safe version" to be sold in China. So, China's market is very important to them.

So what do you guys think? As a Hong Konger myself, I am pretty disappointed the location is not set in Hong Kong, but I understand the need to change location, otherwise, IOI would be facing a lot of trouble, no matter how hard they try to make it right.

All of the above is just a theory, maybe it is always Chongqing at the start, we will never know 😉

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