The patch parade for Hitman on PC continues today with a 135MB “hotfix” style update, intended to address the issue where some players couldn’t progress past the intro screen.
It may indeed have addressed that problem (I’m not sure, I never had that particular issue), but it also seems to have broken the ability to launch Hitman in DirectX 12 mode for some players. Including myself. Attempting to load in DX12 mode shows the game running in Task Manager (and through Steam), but the actual game window itself never appears.
DirectX 11 mode still seems to work okay, so at least there’s that option available while IO Interactive figure out what went wrong here. It’s a terrible shame these technical problems are persisting, because from what I’ve played of Sapienza it’s a pretty terrific level.
Update: Here’s a temporary work-around if you’re having trouble using DX12. Make sure you’re set to DX12 mode in the graphics launcher options, then right-click on Hitman in your Steam library, go to Properties, then click ‘Set Launch Options’ and paste in the following -SKIP_LAUNCHER
The game should now load in DX12 mode.