Hitman 2 Update 2.12 available for download, comes with PC-specific tweaks & new graphics settings

IO Interactive has released a new major update for Hitman 2. According to the release notes, this patch will update your game’s version to 2.12 and comes SLI performance improvements, splits Simulation Quality into two options (Graphical Simulation and Audio Simulation) and adds new graphics settings.

Going into more details, the new graphics settings that have been introduced are: Screenspace Shadows, Reflection Quality, Motion Blur and Dynamic Sharpening. Screenspace Shadows give high quality shadow details, Reflection Quality adds a new High setting, Motion Blur gives a smoother look with a higher quality setting and Dynamic Sharpening counters effects caused by temporal anti-aliasing.

Furthermore, IO Interactive has added a “Go to Map” option on the PC. Gamers can now press the M key to go directly to map. Players can also choose to bind it to another key in the Options menu.

This update weights around 850MB and will be auto-downloaded the next time you launch the Steam client. Below you can find all the PC-specifix tweaks/improvements (those interested can find the complete changelog here).

Hitman 2 PC Patch 2.12 Release Notes

Go to Map
Press the M key to go directly to map, do not pass Challenges, do not collect $200. You can also choose to bind it to another key in the Options menu.

Screenspace Shadows
We’ve added a new Graphics Option; Screenspace Shadows. Toggle on to give high quality shadow detail.

Reflection Quality
We’ve added a new Graphics Option; Reflection Quality. Toggle off, low, default or high to control the resolution of the rendered reflections in mirrors and floors.

Motion Blur
We’ve added a new Graphics Option; Motion Blur. Toggle off, low, default or high to give a smoother look.

Dynamic Sharpening
We’ve added a new Graphics Option; Dynamic Sharpening. This option counters effects caused by temporal anti-aliasing.

SLI Performance 
We’ve fixed an issue that could cause performance drops for players using NVIDIA cards with SLI enabled.

Simulation Separation
In the release notes for our previous update, we included a new option called “Simulation Quality.” In this update, we’ve split this option into two; Graphical Simulation and Audio Simulation, allowing players to take advantage of the audio improvements but without affecting their GFX performance.

Steam Trading Cards
We’ve added support for Steam Trading Cards, including badges, profile backgrounds and emoticons.

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