We live in the age of Day 1 video game bugs, from always-online DRM errors to client-side issues that can literally delete your entire game. Not all bugs are infuriating though. Case in point, IO Interactive’s Hitman 2 is going viral this week after one player stumbled across a bug that turns Agent 47’s briefcase into a homing weapon.
In Hitman 2, players can hide their sniper rifle and other items in a suitcase, letting them bring gadgets into guarded areas without alerting security. Players can even use the briefcase to knock out enemies, too. However, the game’s lock-on feature appears to have some problems. As redditor venomousbeetle first spotted on Monday, sometimes the briefcase will track an enemy’s movements after it’s thrown, causing the item to spin slowly in mid-air until it hits its target.
Venomousbeetle wasn’t the only player affected by the bug. Another Reddit user, Altair7z, threw the briefcase at a fleeing NPC during combat. Agent 47’s briefcase ended up tracking the character across the room, following his every move and spinning along the way. It’s hilarious to watch.
Then Twitter user CreamyElephant was able to replicate the bug in his copy of Hitman 2. He proceeded to post two separate clips showing just how far the briefcase will follow other characters. As it turns out, it’s quite a distance.
All four videos have since taken the gaming community by storm as fans laugh about one of the most bizarre bugs in the Hitman series yet.
Can't wait to see this gadget in a new James Bond movie pic.twitter.com/cCZxJYQydf— Spider Ninja (CEO of Complaining) (@Spider__Ninja) November 13, 2018
The final stage of an assassin's training is learning to curve the briefcase— Jane the Ghost☪️ (@NotYakra) November 13, 2018
This was the actual selling point for me. https://t.co/4bkyjKjR99— Okurii (@OkuriiYT) November 13, 2018
Heat seeking suit cases https://t.co/1OkkT4QFcw— Jhadow (@JhadowFyre) November 14, 2018
Wel this sold me. Getting ASAP https://t.co/FST4VUivog— Gothams_owl (@Gothams_owl) November 14, 2018
Wow… heat seeking brief case?— Nate “The Game Keeper”®️ (@RetroGamingDev) November 12, 2018
Just add a sock full of nickels and you will be unstoppable.
A homing missile briefcase? This man truly is the ultimate assassin!— 23BayDonny (@23BoyDanny) November 13, 2018
ITS THE HOMING BRIEFCASE EVERYBODY RUN!!!!— Some weird person :/ (@Abyssslayer61) November 13, 2018
*Runs away* pic.twitter.com/gOVHs2oyJt
Some compared the bug to Mario Kart’s infamous Blue Shell, which hones in on enemies with a vengeance.
I’m comin for ya… pic.twitter.com/dKT7p8C6nJ— The Pickles (@thehdpickles) November 12, 2018
A thread of Hitman briefcase throws completely going blueshell. https://t.co/NlJxU8aee7— Bobby Chakraborty (@Boblex) November 14, 2018
Gamers even asked IO Interactive to keep the bug in the game because it’s so unexpected.
I have always been of the opinion if it don't hurt no one, don't change it. So the opposite (if you change it it will hurt someone) must be true to. If IO fixes this bug it will give me the big sad. https://t.co/X17ps2NN4Y— HappyCrabCo (@crab_co) November 14, 2018
We must protect this glitch https://t.co/6UdpLEDZzl— Charles, selling poetry to survive the Tories (@charleswrites) November 13, 2018
Seriously though, that looks like the kind of bonkers nonsense I love. Might have to buy Hitman 2 for my birthday— Dr Ralph Nicholas Edward Malein, PhD (@ralphomon) November 14, 2018
added point: if this is fixed, please add the homing briefcase as an unlockable item— Pyroi (@Pyroi) November 13, 2018
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Hitman 2 is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It remains unclear if IO Interactive will keep the briefcase bug in, but it’s still a good reason to pick up the game, only if for a quick laugh.