In a follow-up to our announcement of the pre-order goodies for Hitman: Absolution, we now have video from the boys and girls at GameStop on their new “Sniper Challenge”. If you pre-order the game through GameStop you can play this mode right now! (and by now, I mean the 15th. Apparrently the folks at GameStop use different values when calculating “now”. ) From the looks of things, it pares things down to just the basic sniping portions to whet your appetite. It is certainly a novel approach, giving gamers a taste of the actual game instead of some weak Facebook approximation. Here is a bit about the development of this exclusive mode:
Developed by IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE is not part of the main game, but a stand-alone experience to reward fans who pre-order HITMAN: ABSOLUTION. Players can don the suit of Agent 47 as he takes on an exclusive assassination assignment. From a balcony overlooking a rooftop gathering, players will be tasked with taking out Richard Strong, Jr., CEO of Stallion Armaments, along with his entire staff of bodyguards. Skilled players will capitalize on score multipliers, hidden secrets, unlock equipment upgrades and marvel at the many creative ways one can discretely dispose of a body while they work to fulfil their contract in the most efficient way possible.
It is an interesting step for the game industry – let’s see if this sort of thing catches on in the future. Look for Hitman: Absolution to hit shelves on November 20th, 2012 on the PS3, 360, and PC. Enjoy the trailer.