On December 13th, Hitman developer IO Interactive released its holiday update, which introduced a new mission called Holiday Hoarders. It tasks Agent 47 with putting an end to the criminal activity of a couple of notorious thieves running around Paris.

It turns out, the thieves in question are none other than Harry and Marv, the bumbling criminal duo from the Home Alone movies. According to Agent 47's briefing the Wet/Sticky Bandits fled America after "a series of botched break-ins." It now falls on Agent 47 to finish what Kevin McCallister started.

The in-game versions of Harry and Marv have different surnames, but look very similar and have the same wrap sheet. The characters are clearly an homage to the Home Alone series, though not an official tie-in.

The Holiday Hoarders mission is free, but developer IO Interactive is encouraging donations to the World Cancer Research Fund.

"Cancer is something that affects everyone in one way or another at some point in their lives. We're giving away some fun, free holiday content to all Hitman players and we ask in return that if you want to donate to a great cause, please give whatever you can," studio head Hannes Seifert said.​

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Source: GameSpot