Does anyone think there’s a pattern to NPCs who appear in multiple maps, mainly on how IOI selects which ones will appear where?
I ask because it occurred to me this evening that the Bohemian appears in three locations, all of which are fictional: Sapienza, Santa Fortuna, and Ambrose Island. None of those places exist, yet these are the only places where he’s found.
Then you have the reporter, I think it’s Pam Kingsley, although I can’t remember if she just appears on tv and it’s a different one who always appears in the field, but either way, she only appears in real places: Paris, Marrakesh, Miami, and Mendoza (not counting tv appearances if it’s the same character).
Florida man also appears only in real locations: Miami and Berlin.
Meanwhile, Orson Mills and Carlton Smith are all over the place, having so far appeared in real locations: Hokkaido, Hawke’s Bay, Hantu Port, and Siberia between them, and one fictional that they share: Ambrose Island (although it’s kinda 50/50 with Carlton as the Siberian prison doesn’t exist, but the decommissioned facility it was built from probably was, so take your pick).
Is it all just random, or does anyone know of a pattern?
Going by the name in Contracts Mode, it’s been the same guy every time.
I know the places being fictional doesn’t carry a lot of weight, but it’s still interesting how some are only found in real places, some only in fictional, and some are a mix. Coincidence? Deliberate? Lazy asset recycling? No idea.
I would assume that there are reasons that decide which maps are given fictional names and which are modelled after real places. Sapienza for example is supposed to be a small town. If IOI had given it a real name, chances are not too many people would’ve known the real life city. Maybe that’s a reason why the devs went for a fictional name.
Also, there are probably reasons that determine which NPC goes onto which map. For example I think IOI put the hippie on Ambrose Island, because it’s probably the last WoA map we’ll get and they put him there as a fan service.
However, I don’t think IOI actually decides NPC placement on the fact of whether a map has a fictional name or not. I don’t see the benefit tbh.
I don’t see any pattern other than most typically their use/function/background.
Sebastian Sato is artsy so he’ll be at the fashion show in Paris, the Garden Show and Dubai where an art exposition was taking place.
Florida Man deals drugs so after Miami it makes sense to have him in Berlin.
The hippie was revealed to be a smuggler in Santa Fortuna so they brought him to Ambrose because they wanted to insert an smuggling kill opportunity.
If someone like Nails would reapper I’d expect him to be in the same role of helicopter pilot and/or painkiller dealer to serve a storyline/opportunity
Yes, the reporter lady from Paris and Miami is called Lindsay LaCour or something like that. Pam Kingsley appears in Marrakesh and Mendoza, as well as one doing all the news reports in Hitman 2. It’s a bit odd that they didn’t bring back Lindsay for Mendoza so that 47 could interrupt her broadcast for a third time.
Also another interesting small detail: Jay Smart, the cameraman from Mendoza, is the same one as in Pars and Miami.