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Pre Order Hitman: Absolution and Get an Exclusive New Game Mode

The highest scorer will win a trip to Denmark.

If you’re heading into a Gamestop on May 15 to purchase Diablo III or Max Payne 3 (or Game of Thrones-we won’t judge), you may want to slap a pre order down on Hitman: Absolution. Why, you may ask? Besides the fact that it’s the first entry in the popular stealth action series since 2006, Square Enix has put together a rather unprecedented pre order bonus that’s—you guessed it—exclusive to Gamestop.

Pre ordering the game will grant PS3 and Xbox 360 owners immediate access to a special downloadable mode called Hitman: Sniper Challenge. This is an arcade-style shooting mode where Agent 47 is tasked with eliminating the CEO of Stallion Armaments, Richard Strong, Jr., as well as his henchmen. This shooting gallery utilizes score multipliers and hidden secrets as you climb the leaderboards. But there’s a more tangible reason to play this exclusive mode beyond the high score and bragging rights.

The top player of Hitman: Sniper Challenge at the time Absolution launches will win a trip for two to Copenhagen, Denmark. Once there, the winners will get to meet the development team at IO Interactive to talk all things Hitman, and even have their likenesses used in the follow up to Hitman: Absolution.

Hitman: Absolution is due out on November 20. Hitman: Sniper Challenge will be available on XBLA and PSN on May 15, and the PC version of this Gamestop exclusive mode will come to Steam on August 1. Check back soon for our preview of this exciting new mission for Agent 47.

Press Release


Players Who Pre-Order HITMAN: ABSOLUTION at GameStop Can Immediately*
Play Stand-Alone HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE Experience

LOS ANGELES (May 10, 2012) - Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, in association with GameStop®, the world's largest multichannel video game retailer, today announced HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE™, a stand-alone sniper experience exclusively in North America for GameStop customers who pre-order HITMAN®: ABSOLUTION™. The HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE pre-order promotion will be available starting May 15, 2012. HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will be available on November 20, 2012 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

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, discover hidden secrets, unlock equipment upgrades and marvel at the many creative ways one can discretely dispose of a body while they work to fulfill their contract in the most efficient way possible.

An online leaderboard allows players to compare their sniping abilities with monthly prizes, keeping the stakes high through launch. In North America, the top sniper at the time of HITMAN: ABSOLUTION's launch will win a trip for two to Copenhagen, Denmark where they will meet with the HITMAN development team and have their likeness incorporated into the next HITMAN game. Keep an eye on for more details. Additionally, the high-powered Kazo TRG sniper rifle used in the challenge can be carried over into the main game along with all the "Sniper Challenge" upgrades and unlockables earned.

"HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE sets a new industry standard for pre-order incentives," said Mona Hamilton, vice president of marketing at Square Enix, Inc. "For all those HITMAN fans that just can't wait to play HITMAN: ABSOLUTION, they can immediately take part in an exclusive competition featuring the original assassin when they pre-order at GameStop."

Available May 15, HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE will be downloadable exclusively for customers who pre-order through GameStop for the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE®. The Windows PC version will be made available through Steam on August 1, 2012. For more information, please visit:

*Customers will be able to pre-order HITMAN: ABSOLUTION from May 15 and will be able to play HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE from May 15 through access to Xbox LIVE or PlayStation Network. The PC version will be made available through Steam from August 1. Terms of the pre-order program will be set by individual retailers in each country where HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is available for pre-order. Please refer to retailers for full terms and details.



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