Just wanted to explain why it’s currently not possible to get Silent Assassin in the “Patient Zero” mission, since several people are wondering why they always get 0 points for Never Spotted without actually being spotted.
Currently there’s a bug whereby you lose the Never Spotted bonus if you kill a non-target. I mentioned this in the Official HITMAN 2 Bug Report Thread a couple of days ago. After more testing I discovered that it’s not only caused by you killing non-targets but also by non-targets dying in any way.
So if a non-targets dies by their own hand or by the hand of someone else during your run you will always lose the Never Spotted bonus. But it won’t affect the Silent Assassin challenge(s) because you didn’t kill them and because you don’t actually get spotted during your run. That’s why you still get Mission XP for Silent Assassin and Unnoticed and you still can unlock the challenge(s) because technically it’s still Silent Assassin, even though you only get 4 stars.
You can easily test this bug yourself in “The Author” with the help of good old Jeff. He’s also the reason why you can lose the bonus there. If you take to long to finish the mission you will lose the bonus because he jumps off a cliff at around 3m45s.
How to test:
Do a SA run and complete all three objectives, preferably before the 3 minutes mark, because Jeff will leave his bench at 3m20s. Run up to him and safe the game. Wait till he jumps off the cliff, then exit the mission and you will get 4 stars and 0 points for Never Spotted. Now load up your safe and exit before he jumps off the cliff and you will get 5 stars/Silent Assassin.
Or you can watch this video which contains some examples of this bug.
First clip is showing that you will lose the bonus if you exit the mission after Jeff jumps off the cliff in “The Author”. Second clip is showing that you will lose the bonus if you exit the mission after Héctor Delgado ends his life in “Three-Headed Serpent”. Third clip is showing that you will lose the bonus if you exit the mission after Marco Abiatti kills the priest in “Landslide”. And the fourth clip is showing that you will lose the bonus if you exit the mission after you kill a non-target.
In this clip I play a contract with a mandatory Do not get spotted complication. Normally this complication makes it impossible to finish a mission with 0 points for Never Spotted because you will immediately fail the mission if you get spotted. And as you can see I’m able to finish the mission after I kill the target and a non-target, and I get Mission XP for Unnoticed because I wasn’t spotted, but I still get 0 points for Never Spotted.
With this bug you basically can lose the Never Spotted bonus on every mission/map where non-targets die by their own hand or by the hand of someone else. Probably even if they die by accident due to their own or someone else’s fault. But I couldn’t think of a case where something like this happens, otherwise I would have tested it and included it in the video.
By the way, this bug was not there on release and came with the November patch, that’s why several people have Silent Assassin in the “Patient Zero” leaderboards.
You will lose the Never Spotted bonus if a non-target dies in any way during your run.
You always lose the bonus in “Patient Zero” because a gardener jumps off a cliff right at the start of the mission.