Hitman: Absolution gets a worldwide release date eventually: November 20th. Also, Square Enix announced Hitman Sniper Challenge, a pre-order standalone bonus available on May 15th. More details and 2 screens inside. Update: 4 more screens.
Hitman: Sniper Challenge FAQ:
What is Hitman: Sniper Challenge?
Hitman: Sniper Challenge is a free experience being offered for anyone pre-ordering Hitman Absolution from selected retailers. It is a stand-alone ‘hit’ in the Hitman universe and is intended as separate content for fans to enjoy whilst waiting for Hitman: Absolution to be released.
How do I get it?
Hitman: Sniper Challenge is available to anyone who pre-orders the 360, PS3 or PC version of HMA from selected retailers based on your region. To see which retailers are offering the Sniper Challenge, please visit www.hitman.com. You can pre-order the Standard Edition or Professional Edition and be eligible to receive a code.
What do I get when I pre-order?
After pre-ordering, you will receive a unique code from your retailer that you must enter at www.hitmansniper.com and choose your selected platform. After doing that, you will receive a unique code to enter on your platform’s marketplace. You can then download and play the game instantly.
When do I get access?
Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 codes can be redeemed from May 15th, PC codes can be redeemed on August 1st.
Do I earn anything to use in Hitman: Absolution?
Yes. Playing the Sniper Challenge will reward the Silenced Agency Kazo TRG for use in Hitman: Absolution. Players will also have the opportunity to unlock a further 12 weapon’s techniques.
Is there a time limit on the offer – do I need to pre-order before a certain date?
No. As soon as you pre-order Hitman: Absolution, you will receive your unique code and you will be able to play immediately. Note: Codes will only be given for pre-orders and wil not be available via retailers after the launch of Hitman: Absolution on November 20th 2012.
I pre-ordered with one of the retailers on the list but did so before this offer became available. Am I missing out?
No. The participating retailer where you pre-ordered will provide you with a Sniper Challenge code even if you have already pre-ordered before the Sniper Challenge announcement date. We advise contacting your retailer directly.
How long can I play for? Does the Sniper Challenge have an end date?
No. You will be able to play the Sniper Challenge just as you do any other game. Note that some of the prize contests will have an entry deadline .
Is it just content cut from Absolution?
HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE is not a part of the main game, but has been created as a bespoke standalone experience to reward fans who pre-order HITMAN ABSOLUTION.
Is it a prequel to Absolution?
No. Hitman: Sniper Challenge is stand-alone content that has no gameplay ties to Absolution. You will be able to enjoy Hitman: Absolution without having played the Sniper Challenge.
Are there any online features?
Yes. Hitman: Sniper Challenge will feature online leaderboards separated into global, national and friends.
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