Square Enix and GameStop have teamed up to reward players who pre-order Hitman: Absolution from GameStop in the form of a stand-alone downloadable title called Hitman: Sniper Challenge. The promotion begins May 15th. Here’s a description from the press release sent out this morning:
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.
The game will feature online leaderboards with prizes given away monthly to the top snipers. The top sniper on the leaderboards when Hitman: Absolution launches will win a trip for two to Copenhagen, Denmark, where they will get to the meet the Hitman development team and also get their face in the next Hitman game. For those wondering, yes the Kazo TRG sniper-rifle used in Sniper Challenge will be carried over to Absolution, along with any upgrades and unlockables earned during the Sniper Challenge.
Beginning May 15th, you’ll be able to pre-order Hitman: Absolution from GameStop and you’ll get a code right then to download Sniper Challenge on Playstation Network and Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Sniper Challenge will be made available for PC version through Steam on August 1st.
Yes, this is the kind of pre-order stuff I absolutely hate. It sounds like something that would be great to play, but I hate GameStop.