They did? Where was it going to be?
Right there! In the lower picture in the bottom right corner. In the upper picture you can see it at the right. Should have been behind the clock tower, and seemed to be massive. I would pay another 100 just to play these versions, seriously. Im very, very sure that this was the location of the photographer. And from the looks of it, this part of the map is the most fleshed out. I wonder why they cut it…
To be 100% right - this animation was cut from Absolution, as it can be seen in some trailer and in the game itself: when disarming a guard with a big weapon, 47 will start the attack while on his knees. (Even though he was standing before)
Reminds me of GTA3 alpha map.
How did you get that out of the alpha? Is there any other content?
There is sadly not much I know about alpha stuff thats not from Paris.
Old Quickbms script had support for the beta RPGKs and I believe I used VGMToolbox for the video file.
Other differences observed in the Alpha (this post will be progressively completed - I do that to avoid the multiplication of small posts - but try to avoid very long ones).
No hint about evacuation
In the security room, there is in the final release a folder about evacuation of targets, the codes (Peacock and Cobra) and the location of the phone. This folder is absent in the Alpha.
One invitation is located in the VIP parking lot. In the final release, there is a van where a lens is found for the unucky journalist. This van is totally absent in the Alpha, confirming that Rare Scoop mission story is not implemented in the Alpha.
Guards at the stairs for IAGO auction
They are located on the left side of the stairs instead of being on both sides in the final release. They also frisk you instead of asking your invitation in the final release.
Any illegal action is shown with the text written on a red backround.
Palace Master Key
This key sounds absent in the Alpha. It’s not found at his location in the final release (in the basement).
At the service stairs to reach the 1st floor, 47 needs to pass a frisk before climbing stairs. This frisk is removed in the final release and 47 climbs this stairs without being frisked.
Novikov’s bodyguard et Dalia’s assistant
Kurt isn’t bald in this version. He looks very generic.
The assistant of Dalia is a regular auction staff. He was replaced by Sophus Fatale in the final release.
Pistol JAGD P2022
This pistol is the regulat pistol of security NPC. In the final release, they hold a Bartoli 75R.
Meal preparation on 1st floor
There is an additional table in the middle of the room where the auction staff is preparing some snacks for the auction.
There are also two auction staff that are talking by the corridor. Once you come close to them, they start talking before taking the crates and bring them to the 2nd floor.
A third auction staff is present in the room where crate are located. However, he’s standing over the balcony before taking a crate.
The crew member located at the top of the stairs that leads to 1st floor from the kitchen is absent in the final release (like in 2016 Pro difficulty).
A guard is patrolling near the fountain in the VIP area. This guard is absent in the final release.
A staff member is present in the kitchen (located in the basement). This NPC carries a crate to the control room. After doing that, he goes back to the kitchen by the chimney. His position makes difficult for 47 to reach the stairs undetected. He must get rid of him first.
A CICADA guard remains in the balcony and he’s not distracted by the fireworks. Pushing Dalia undetected is more difficult.
Dalia’s room and bathroom
Very oddly, 47 doesn’t trespass in Dalia’s room and bathroom. 47 can roam in this rooms in his suit freely. These two are rooms are trespassing area in the final release.
The auction staff (that is replaced by Sophus) remains in this room longer when Dalia goes out. He stays in this room before joining Dalia later. In the final release, Sophus is following Dalia everywhere.
Running in instinct mode
47 can run while using instinct mode. In the final release, when using instinct, 47 can’t run, he just walks. This was changed in H2.
Scaling over ledge
47 moves quicker over ledge compared to final release. This is implemented again in H3.
CICADA Guards for 2nd floor
None of the CICADA guards that check the access to 2nd floor (where you get the auction) are enforcer to 47 when he’s wearing a CICADA guard disguise. In the final release, at least one of them is an enforcer, forcing 47 to circumvent them while wearing a CICADA disguise.
Open the case where the fireaxe is found is considered as illegal in the Alpha. That’s not the case in the final release.
You recover ammo for a specific weapon just by walking on it. In the final release, you need to recover them by pressing a button (to recover the weapon).
Fake surrender and human shield
It wasn’t mention before but when 47 is faking surrender, he grabs the nearest guard and takes him as human shield (like in Hitman Absolution). This feat was removed (as well as human shield) in the final release. In it, 47 can still fake surrender, but instead starts a fight with the guard.
The Silenced Signature Jaeger 7.62 PSG (that looks like the final Jaeger 7) will display the “Ave Maria” theme when aiming with it.
This feature was later reintroduced with the Sieger 300 Advanced (implemented with the Pro 2016 mode).
Definitely keen to get a hands on the build myself, but you’ll find these of immense value for documentation:
(Added Parts 3 and 4)
Wow very impressive! I didn’t even know that an alpha build of Sapienza, Marrakesh or Bangkok were still around.
Thank you for sharing this
According to a comment posted below the video “Part 2”, the closed alpha seems an earlier build than this. I will look later around to observe the differences between final game and alpha Sapienza.
The original version of Colorado definitely resembles some of the “leaked” concept art posted before, perhaps before its development scope was reduced and outsourced to Sumo Digital.
A shame, because it looks fantastic with new mechanics like retinal scanners in multiple locations. There appears to have been a dedicated shooting range planned too, which I’m still baffled at the lack of one in the WOA games so far.
The more public closed alpha contains only Paris and was made earlier than the one containing more maps to answer about Colorado also yes, it seems like IO had much larger plans on a lot of maps including Colorado, which became scrapped and remade into “Colorado 2” which is the map we know today
This is also an artwork from “Colorado 1”
I’m dying to get my hands on these, if you ever get the chance, let me know please.
And that old colorado… I expected alot, but not this. I would love to hear its backstory
Damn… If the timestamps on the files of July 2015 are accurate, then no wonder the game got delayed and broken up into more pieces than originally announced. They were really behind to release the first three locations in December, with the remaining three coming January/February/March.
Other than Colorado, everything else looks pretty similar to the released locations, just with a few rooms removed.
Something that blows my mind is the fact that IOI planned to reintroduce the lift mechanic (for small crates) in Bangkok. A mechanic already present in the mission Dance with the Devil in Blood Money. It confirms the will of IOI to mix the gameplay mechanics of BM with the improvements of Absolution.
I would sacrifice so much side content that they added in the game just to have these small touches in the levels themselves
Yeah the game had a bunch of BM and Absolution features, they tried again with Hitman 2 but it stayed concept only
Also about that, IO started the game’s development in 2013, in late 2015 they only had very few left to do with the first three locations and Colorado probably took the longest rework, but it was still entirely doable