Hitman games have never been numbered in the right order, so it’s sometimes a little hard to put together a list and respond to a raid that hitman was third in line. And it was Hitman: Contracts, which didn't really serve as a sequel to the two, but as a kind of reworking of the first part. It came out on this day, exactly 18 years ago for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
Contracts was not a revolutionary Hitman game but only improved on what Codename 47 and Silent Assassin were already doing very well. He expanded his levels, dismantled opponents and moved a little away from the concept of disguise, giving players more opportunities to sneak through levels along hidden passages, etc. Hitman: Contracts brought 12 missions that Agent 47 carried out locations from Paris through Rotterdam to Hong Kong.
This part of the Hitman series sold a solid two million copies by 2009. Interestingly, due to problems with licensing the song "Immortal", it was not in digital sales on Steam until 2014. As you know, the series has since received several new games, including Blood Money, Absolution and a reboot trilogy from 2016.