Several years have passed since the events of Hitman: Absolution. Despite attempts to let her end up otherwise, Victoria, now a young woman, is a full fledged assassin in her own right and can hold her own against a seasoned professional as 47.
Starting from season 3, as part of the mission setup, you need to choose between playing as 47 or Victoria. There is, of course, a catch. Some mission stories are locked to either character. Male disguises work on 47, but not on Victoria, while she can wield female disguises instead. This creates different challenges and opportunities, depending on which character you choose at the start.
The advantages here are many. First off, replayability. An obvious one. With both assassins ultimately utilizing different tactics, you’ll want to play as both characters. Especially with character-locked achievements. You wouldn’t exactly imagine Victoria trying to adapt the persona of Helmut Kruger, now would you? She could instead get her own mission stories, even in the last 2 games.
Secondly, this would allow a co-op sort of gameplay. Every mission could be played by 2 players at once now. I doubt the “always online” requirements will be going anywhere, so why not make the most out of them? Of course this would hinder saving and loading, but that is an actually fair compensation for not having to kill each target with one assassin. Besides, if you do want to save scum, you can always go for the single player approach.
At the moment there are no female guards in the game. This makes sense from a gameplay perspective, but not at all from any other one. Of course the intent is to always have an obtainable disguise nearby, but in reality, this just doesn’t make sense. Bringing in some good old diversity here will absolutely improve the game overall, and with a male and female protagonist, there’s a good reason to do this.
Finally, this will allow the developers to salvage something good from the trainwreck that was Absolution.
I personally think this is not just an obvious way to move forward, but also one that brings in a massive amount of potentially great new gameplay.