Toke Krainert

Designer & Educator

Situs Inversus

Situs Inversus is a story mission for HITMAN (2016) set in a high-end private hospital on Hokkaido, Japan. The mission revolves around targets Erich Soders, unconscious on an operating table, and Yuki Yamazaki, impatiently wandering the premises.

Responsibilities

My main contributions to Situs Inversus were:

Particularly, I designed and implemented the gameplay flow, NPC behavior, gameplay setups, and UI guides for the Mission Stories Tell-Tale Heart and No Smoking (scripted paths through the level) and requested, implemented, and iterated upon the related dialogue with the writer. I also designed and implemented the NPC behaviors and gameplay setups in the morgue beneath the hospital and Yuki Yamazaki's apartment.

Playthrough: Tell-Tale Heart

Here's a playthrough of the Mission Story Tell-Tale Heart:

Gameplay

Yuki Yamazaki functions as most targets, having a routine of behaviors which the player can exploit or manipulate, whereas Erich Soders is unconscious in an operating theater. This simultaneously prevents the player from applying common strategies to eliminate him and affords a range of new opportunities involving a surgical robot, the facility's AI, and other high-tech medical equipment.

Soders' life depends on a rare donor heart stored below the operating theater. Consequently, the player can effectively eliminate the target by destroying the organ. Reaching the heart is the goal of the Mission Story Tell-Tale Heart which simultaneously has the player abuse a remote control for the responsible doctor's experimental neurochip.

Yuki Yamazaki is facing a different problem: the ban on cigarettes on the premises. The Mission Story No Smoking has the player exploit this by stealing and planting a pack of cigarettes where Yamazaki will find it, resulting in her taking a moment alone on her balcony, high above the cliffs below.