Hitman: Absolution Release Date, Pre-Order Perks, and Standalone Sniper Challenge Revealed

Square Enix has announced today that the upcoming Hitman title, HITMAN: ABSOLUTION will be released on November 20, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in North America.

In addition to the release date, Square-Enix has outlined some of the pre-order bonuses you can get:

  • Amazon – High Tech Suit and Bartoli Custom Pistol – The advanced High Tech suit provides Agent 47 with 50% increased armor paired with the Bartoli Custom, an engineered precision weapon, complete with sight and silencer.
  • Best Buy – Public Enemy Suit and the Bronson M1928 submachine gun – The Original Assassin can dress in a stylish Public Enemy gangster suit armed with the Bronson M1928, a classic submachine gun with high fire rate and deadly stopping power.
  • Walmart – High Roller Suit and the Krugermeier 2-2 Pistol – The High Roller suit dresses Agent 47 in a fancy tuxedo discreetly outfitted with the Krugermeier, an accurate, reliable stealth weapon with a built-in silencer.
In addition a special pre-order incentive has been announced for customers who pre-order the game from GameStop. If you pre-order your copy of Hitman: Absolution from GameStop, starting May 15, 2012, you will be able to get a stand-alone sniper game entitled, Hitman: Sniper Challenge (exclusively in North America). Check out the Sniper Challenge trailer below:
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The Sniper Challenge is not part of the Hitman: Absolution game. Still, players once again take on the role of Agent 47 as he takes on what else but another assassination assignment. You will be situated on a rooftop overlooking a gathering, tasked with taking out Richard Strong, Jr., CEO of Stallion Armaments, along with his bodyguards. Players can capitalize on score multipliers, hidden secrets, unlocking upgrades and more.

If the free game wasn’t enough, players also have the chance to get more out of it:

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 http://www.HitmanSniper.com 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.- Square-Enix Press Release

Available May 15, HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE will be downloadable, for customers who pre-order their game from GameStop, on the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE (The Windows PC version will be made available through Steam on August 1, 2012).

Make sure to check out Hitman: Absolution when it hits shelves November 20, 2012 on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.


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