Square Enix has officially announced Hitman: Sniper Challenge, a free, downloadable game that lets players experience a slice of Hitman Absolution’s brutal assassination gameplay months in advance of the full game’s release.
The downloadable standalone product provides players with an exclusive sniping level in which they can get to grips with Agent 47, the barcoded hitman who is tasked with assassinating targets from long range.
Hitman: Sniper Challenge also offers an exclusive Kazo TRG sniper rifle and a selection of upgrades that can be carried over into the final game, and features leaderboard functionality, letting players compete with friends to earn the highest score.
To gain access to Sniper Challenge, simply pre-order Hitman Absolution at Amazon.co.uk and you’ll receive a code to download the game free of charge.
The game will be available for pre-order customers to download on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 from May 15th. A PC version is due for release via Steam on August 1st.
A Square Enix representative told GamerZines that it was aiming to create “the best pre-order incentive in the business” with Hitman: Sniper Challenge.
“Agent 47 is the best in the business so it seemed appropriate to create the best pre-order reward possible for our fans,” said Jon Brooke, Brand Director of the Hitman Franchise. “HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE is a way of thanking customers and giving them a taste of Agent 47’s skills from the moment they pre-order the game.”
You can check out the trailer for Sniper Challenge below, and be sure to look out for our hands-on impressions with the game in the coming days.
Hitman Absolution launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on November 20th.
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