Connection to Other Media
The play style Dynasty Warrior, which you can get for killing enemies with a katana, is named after the Dynasty Warriors game franchise. These are hack'n'slash games set in ancient China, which means that a lot of characters in them use katanas.
The play style Dynamite Harry, which you get for killing several people with an explosion, is a reference to the Olsen-banden movies. These are a long-running series of Danish comedy movies showing the adventures of a small band of harmless (but often successful) criminals; one of the characters in that group works with explosives and is called Dynamit-Harry.
Hitman developers IO Interactive is a Danish company.
Two cameo appearances from the Kane & Lynch series appear in the game. Kane appears in the mission Welcome to Hope, and when questioned of his presence in the bar by a biker, he explains an associate is in town buying "business equipment". In the next mission Birdie's Gift, Lynch can be seen in the shooting range with a shotgun shooting and shouting at garden gnomes, and getting into an argument with a guard over him making a scene.
In the level Death Factory, R&D part, you'll be tasked with killing two scientists named Dr. Valentine and Dr. Ashford. These surnames are a reference to the Resident Evil games, in which secret bio-engineering labs are a main plot point.
In the mission "One of a Kind", in the basement, a bird costume can be seen. This is a reference to a previous Hitman game Hitman: Blood Money, in the mission "The Murder of Crows", in which the targets, as well as their guards, wear bird costumes.
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