Hitman 2 latecomers, rejoice: IO Interactive is giving players another chance to take out rival assassin Mark Faba. Faba, also known as "The Undying," starred in Hitman 2's first Elusive Target mission, and seeing he's played by Sean Bean—one of Hollywood's on-screen death greats—it's one you don't want to miss.
IO Interactive is bringing back Bean for 10 days starting on January 17. "The Undying" mission will feature the exact same rules and restrictions as it did when it premiered shortly after Hitman 2's launch. Like all of Hitman's Elusive Target missions, if you successfully assassinate the target or fail the mission, you won't be able to start it up again. A word to the Hitman 2 veterans: the restriction on restarting "The Undying" carries over from last time, meaning that if you've previously tried and failed the mission, you won't get a do-over. This is purely a chance for players who missed their window the first time around to give Bean the boot.
In the lead-up to the debut of "The Undying," IO Interactive polled fans on what special unlockable they'd like to earn just for playing the mission from a list of three: a flash grenade in a toy robot, a garrote disguised as earphones, or an exploding pen. The pen won the poll and can be yours permanently, but Agent 47 can find all three items in the mission and use them to blind, choke, or blow up Bean (or anybody else, for that matter).
Bean's mission was brought back to Hitman 2 once before in a slightly remixed manner for the "Spring Break" theme. In that instance, Faba sported a conspicuous eyepatch and 47's handler, Diana Burnwood, sounded a bit perturbed to see the target back in the land of the living.
This time, though, Hitman 2 will continue to cycle through all of its Elusive Targets again after "The Undying" mission expires. IO Interactive is ramping down new content for Hitman 2 as both its Copenhagen and Malmö studios move onto the developer's next title. If you're eager to mop up the Elusive Targets you've missed, having our Hitman 2 guides handy and reading up on Caty's deadly run-in with Mark Faba may give you just the upper hand you need.