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Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus

Square Enix and GameStop announce the previously revealed Hitman Sniper Challenge is a preorder incentive for Hitman: Absolution, saying the assassination sequel will be released on November 20th, and that Hitman: Sniper Challenge will be available for consoles next week when preorders commence, and will follow on Steam for Windows PCs on August 1st. Here's word:

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.

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 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.

"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 PlayStationŽNetwork and Xbox LIVEŽ. The Windows PC version will be made available through Steam on August 1, 2012. For more information, please visit: www.HitmanSniper.com .

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29. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 12, 2012, 12:19 siapnar
 
Cutter wrote on May 10, 2012, 17:50:
A) You must be new to gaming.
B) You must work in marketing to think this sort of crap qualifies as a good idea.

Such an ignorant, aggressive and elitist attitude. It's also a faulty one.
 
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28. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 11, 2012, 05:50 SpectralMeat
 
Tanto Edge wrote on May 11, 2012, 01:11:
Yakubs wrote on May 10, 2012, 15:59:
While those dummies in Hollywood have to rely on the big opening weekend (since word of mouth will kill your shovel-film) for a successful film, the brilliant minds in the video game industry realized something. Why rely on a big opening when you can convince idio-- I mean consumers to commit to pay for your game BEFORE IT'S EVEN AVAILABLE!

You can't find out the game is crap if you nobody has every played it!

Isn't that what Kickstarter, Rockethub and other crowd sourced game developments are all about though?
Yes it is with the exception of preordered games can be canceled if the reviews/demo makes you change your mind.
 
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27. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 11, 2012, 01:11 Tanto Edge
 
Yakubs wrote on May 10, 2012, 15:59:
While those dummies in Hollywood have to rely on the big opening weekend (since word of mouth will kill your shovel-film) for a successful film, the brilliant minds in the video game industry realized something. Why rely on a big opening when you can convince idio-- I mean consumers to commit to pay for your game BEFORE IT'S EVEN AVAILABLE!

You can't find out the game is crap if you nobody has every played it!

Isn't that what Kickstarter, Rockethub and other crowd sourced game developments are all about though?
 
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26. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 23:17 Jerykk
 
Contracts was basically just a refined version of Silent Assassin. It received a lot of flack for having some missions that were just remakes of missions from the first game, but those were the best missions in the first game so it didn't really bother me. Contracts was also where the series started focusing more on being hitman and less of a commando mercenary. No more avoiding ninja snipers in the mountains or running through the jungle looking for artifacts.

Blood Money improved pretty much everything. The levels were the most open-ended and interesting, the gameplay mechanics were expanded and refined, the AI was improved, the characters were more memorable and there were more ways to kill people than ever before.

For anyone to suggest that the first game is better than its sequels (especially Blood Money) is utter madness.
 
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25. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 21:36 Sepharo
 
Jerykk wrote on May 10, 2012, 18:52:
As for Hitman - I really enjoyed the original but the series has got progressively worse. I have zero interest in the franchise now.

What? That makes no sense. The series has gotten progressively better with each sequel. Silent Assassin was better than Codename 47, Contracts was better than Silent Assassin and Blood Money was better than all of them. I don't understand how you could really enjoy the first one but not the sequels, since they were better in almost every respect?

Seriously, I'm completely baffled as to how you can hold the opinion that you do, unless you're mistaking Hitman for a different series.

I need to go back and play Contracts after our discussion last year about it...

I really must've stopped playing Contracts right before it got good. Love Blood Money though.
 
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24. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 21:16 SpectralMeat
 
Tanto Edge wrote on May 10, 2012, 15:12:
Just imagine if DXHR had released a preorder game that let you win bonuses in the full game? People's reactions would be different I'd expect.
Especially if the Xbox version of that mini game would come out 2.5 months earlier then the PC one.
 
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23. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 20:31 J
 
Jerykk wrote on May 10, 2012, 18:52:
As for Hitman - I really enjoyed the original but the series has got progressively worse. I have zero interest in the franchise now.

What? That makes no sense. The series has gotten progressively better with each sequel. Silent Assassin was better than Codename 47, Contracts was better than Silent Assassin and Blood Money was better than all of them. I don't understand how you could really enjoy the first one but not the sequels, since they were better in almost every respect?

Seriously, I'm completely baffled as to how you can hold the opinion that you do, unless you're mistaking Hitman for a different series.

Like Assassin's Creed past #2?
 
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22. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 18:52 Jerykk
 
As for Hitman - I really enjoyed the original but the series has got progressively worse. I have zero interest in the franchise now.

What? That makes no sense. The series has gotten progressively better with each sequel. Silent Assassin was better than Codename 47, Contracts was better than Silent Assassin and Blood Money was better than all of them. I don't understand how you could really enjoy the first one but not the sequels, since they were better in almost every respect?

Seriously, I'm completely baffled as to how you can hold the opinion that you do, unless you're mistaking Hitman for a different series.
 
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21. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 17:50 Cutter
 
siapnar wrote on May 10, 2012, 15:50:
Not sure why there's such a bad reception to this.

It's a good, and pretty different idea to draw attention to their title.

The mini-game of sniping with style actually looks fun, too.

These days, when DLC and pre-order promotions are pretty much a guarantee, this is probably the most interesting one I've seen.

A) You must be new to gaming.
B) You must work in marketing to think this sort of crap qualifies as a good idea.

 
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20. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 15:59 Yakubs
 
While those dummies in Hollywood have to rely on the big opening weekend (since word of mouth will kill your shovel-film) for a successful film, the brilliant minds in the video game industry realized something. Why rely on a big opening when you can convince idio-- I mean consumers to commit to pay for your game BEFORE IT'S EVEN AVAILABLE!

You can't find out the game is crap if you nobody has every played it!
 
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19. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 15:50 siapnar
 
Not sure why there's such a bad reception to this.

It's a good, and pretty different idea to draw attention to their title.

The mini-game of sniping with style actually looks fun, too.

These days, when DLC and pre-order promotions are pretty much a guarantee, this is probably the most interesting one I've seen.
 
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18. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 15:12 Tanto Edge
 
A game for preordering a game.
What won't they think of next.

They could always try making a good game, but who knows how that would go.

I will say though, if you're excited for the game, this will only make you happier with your investment.
Just imagine if DXHR had released a preorder game that let you win bonuses in the full game? People's reactions would be different I'd expect.
 
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17. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 15:09 Cutter
 
And this sort of shite is supposed to incentivize people to buy this game? Heh, yeah, sure.
 
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16. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 14:56 theyarecomingforyou
 
Verno wrote on May 10, 2012, 11:30:
Right, its their wet dream because they would have a stranglehold on prices and could cut out the middle man. That would never be good for the market and not everyone can get cards on sale or whatever as easily. I'm no fan of Gamestop type stores but they are successful for many reasons.

I get where you're coming from but I feel like there is still a pretty strong need for retail on the console side of things, both for the consumer and the industry. I don't see that going away anytime soon either.
I don't get it. Steam has replaced retail for PC games, reduced the price of games AND killed off second hand sales, yet it's rightfully considered a positive thing for the industry. I'm all for killing Gamestop when it is leaching off the industry, though I'd oppose Microsoft or Sony selling games exclusively through their own services - you'd need different providers, like you have with Steam, Origin and the like.

As for Hitman - I really enjoyed the original but the series has got progressively worse. I have zero interest in the franchise now.
 
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15. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 13:49 J
 
It's nice to finally know when it will actually be released.  
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14. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 12:47 MajorD
 

Creston wrote on May 10, 2012, 10:55:
Can we just kill all publishers? Like, just shoot them—in the face, so their mothers can't give them open-coffin burials.

Creston

Grin.....and I thought I despised publishers. Wink

 
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13. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 12:43 Jerykk
 
This was the big announcement? Really?  
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12. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 12:08 NKD
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 10, 2012, 11:15:
NKD wrote on May 10, 2012, 11:12:
I agree. 1) It would make the console dudes have to put up with the same shit we have to. 2) It would take away like half of GameStop's revenue and hopefully cause their entire executive board to commit ritual suicide.
More then half.
I have a friend that is a store manager in one of the gamestops around here and he told me that most of their revenue is made from used games and trade ins. They barely make anything on new games.
Not sure how much of that is true.

I think its about 60% of their actual _profits_ are from used games. They have more income from new I believe, but the margins are better on used so it makes up the majority of their profit.

That's the thing about being a parasite, when the host dies, you're probably next. Good luck, LameStop.
 
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11. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 11:30 Verno
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 10, 2012, 11:13:
I know it would, but it would also end the used game trades, publishers wet dream.
With sales on points cards and PSN cards you can sort of offset the prices and make them seem like sales prices on digital games.

Right, its their wet dream because they would have a stranglehold on prices and could cut out the middle man. That would never be good for the market and not everyone can get cards on sale or whatever as easily. I'm no fan of Gamestop type stores but they are successful for many reasons.

I get where you're coming from but I feel like there is still a pretty strong need for retail on the console side of things, both for the consumer and the industry. I don't see that going away anytime soon either.
 
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10. Re: Hitman: Absolution in November; Sniper Challenge Bonus May 10, 2012, 11:15 SpectralMeat
 
NKD wrote on May 10, 2012, 11:12:
I agree. 1) It would make the console dudes have to put up with the same shit we have to. 2) It would take away like half of GameStop's revenue and hopefully cause their entire executive board to commit ritual suicide.
More then half.
I have a friend that is a store manager in one of the gamestops around here and he told me that most of their revenue is made from used games and trade ins. They barely make anything on new games.
Not sure how much of that is true.
 
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