Hitman: Absolution Lands in November - GameStop's Pre-Order Bonus Debuts in August
It looks like the little leak the other day prompted Square Enix to move quickly to officially reveal its plans. Hitman: Absolution will arrive on November 20th, but the real story is the partnership with GameStop on a pre-order bonus. Hitman: Sniper Challenge is a standalone mission that you only receive by pre-ordering Absolution at GameStop. The Sniper Challenge is complete with online leaderboards and monthly prizes, just like the leak said, and you can begin playing it in August. That is about four months before Absolution actually launches, which gives a whole new meaning to "pre-order bonus." The mission in Hitman: Sniper Challenge tasks you with taking out a businessman and his entire staff of bodyguards, with secrets and unlockables included in the mission. This is definitely a novel approach to get people to pre-order a game, but just how successful it will be remains to be seen.