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Hitman 2's July roadmap targets musicians

Hitman 2 is preparing for a hot, loud summer full of killer musicians and killing musicians, kicking off tomorrow, July 4, with The Babayeva Dissonance. It's an escalation contract where you'll be blowing up a noisy band on the Isle of Sgail. Agent 47 apparently doesn't appreciate a good tune. 

On July 4, Agent 47—no doubt wracked with guilt over the last contract—will try to make amends by joining a band himself. The 'I'm with the Band' challenge pack will make you the newest member of the Santa Fortuna band and give you five band-related challenges to complete. Success means you get your very own violin. 

July 18's featured contracts will carry on the musical theme, with Io asking for submissions that fit the theme of 'tone death'. You've got until July 15 to submit your entry, and the best of the bunch will appear a few days later. The next day, you'll also get another crack at the Badboy elusive target, but you'll need to the Legacy Pack if you want to give it a shot. 

Another escalation contract will appear on July 25, sending you back to Santa Fortuna to blow more stuff up. Completing the Calvino Cacophony escalation with net you the Hot Summer Suit, which makes Agent 47 look like a serial killer on his holiday. It suits him. 

Finally, on July 30 Hawke's Bay will be added to contract mode, and anyone with a free IOI account will get a trio of anniversary outfits. If you've got the expansion pass, you'll also get the second Sniper Assassin map, sending you to an extremely chilly prison. Mastering this map will unlock the Druzhina 34 ICA Arctic sniper rifle. A game update will drop on the same day. 

Busy July for assassins, then. Do assassins take holidays, I wonder, or is it just working holidays? I get it—it's hard to escape work when your attached to your phone or, indeed, your silenced pistol. 

The first mission will appear tomorrow, July 4. 

Fraser is the sole inhabitant of PC Gamer's mythical Scottish office, conveniently located in his flat. He spends most of his time wrangling the news, but sometimes he sneaks off to write lots of words about strategy games.