Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Hitman

Hitman: Sniper Challenge, Gyromancer now on CoreOnline

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CoreOnline, Square Enix’s free-to-play online platform, has added Hitman: Sniper Challenge and Gyromancer. Sniper Challenge was initially a pre-order bonus for Hitman: Absolution, allowing players to practice their sniping skills against a series of targets in arcade-style missions. Scores can also be posted to Facebook for that extra bit of bragging. Gyromancer is a puzzle-RPG that has players take on the role of Rivel, a summoner of beasts, as he makes this way through Aldemona Wood.

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Hitman HD: Trilogy launch trailer released

Square Enix has released a new launch trailer for IO Interactive’s upcoming Hitman HD: Trilogy. The 360, PS3 collection will include Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts, and Hitman: Blood Money. The set will also include the standalone Sniper Challenge, a former pre-order bonus for the recently released Hitman: Absolution.

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Hitman HD: Trilogy limited edition, art contest announced

Hitman Trilogy (360, PS3) Limited Edition Announcement - Header

Square Enix has announced that IO Interactive’s upcoming Hitman collection, Hitman HD: Trilogy, will be available as a limited edition. Trilogy, set to launch on January 29, will come with an art book filled with 22 drawings by various artists depicting moments from throughout the series. Combined, all three games in the pack will offer players the chance to take down over 75 targets across 40-plus levels. Hitman: Sniper Challenge, the standalone game that was released as a pre-order bonus for Absolution, will also be included.

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Worlds collide with Deus Ex-themed DLC for Hitman: Absolution

Agent 47 is getting in touch with his conspiratorial side today with the launch of Deus Ex-themed DLC for Hitman: Absolution. Not only will Agent 47 be able to sport some futuristic duds with the Deus Ex Suit download, but he will also be able to pack Jensen’s favorite pistol with the Zenith Gun pack. Alas, the good Agent still won’t be able to hack into turrets.

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Agent 47 is back on the hunt, Hitman: Absolution on store shelves

Hitman: Absolution (360, PS3) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

It’s not easy being an assassin, even a very good assassin. Agent 47 has found that out the hard way, and now players can help him get back at those who double crossed him in Hitman: Absolution. Wanted by the police and finding himself in the middle of a conspiracy, Agent 47 must use whatever disguises and weapons he has at his disposal to see his mission through. Apparently, that barcode tattoo isn’t nearly as telling a sign as I had assumed.

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New video details Hitman: Absolution’s dynamic world

Square Enix has released “Introducing the Living, Breathing World of Hitman: Absolution,” a new video demonstrating the interconnected world that awaits players in IO Interactive’s upcoming action title. Absolution will feature a more involved world than previous entries, populated with characters, both those crucial to the story and those simply living in the cities, going about their everyday life. The capabilities of IO’s Glacier 2 engine, the new tech powering the series, is also highlighted.

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Hitman: Absolution’s Contracts Mode detailed in playthrough video

It’s not easy being a virtual assassin—alliances shift, guns jam, people run. So to help everyone get up to speed on what’s in store in Hitman: Absolution, Square Enix and I/O have released a new 18-minute playthrough video, with developer commentary, of the new Contracts Mode. In Contracts, players create their own custom hits by tweaking level, rules, and targets, and then share them online for others to try.

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Square Enix launches high-def browser games service, CoreOnline

Looking to take browser-based gaming to the next level, Square Enix has revealed their new CoreOnline technology service. According to SE, the Hapti.co studio-developed tech “allows users to easily play popular, console quality games on the web.” The company went on to state that the service allows players to instantly start a game at any point, and is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

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Hitman: Absolution gets Sniper Challenge, other pre-order extras

Hitman: Absolution (360, PC, PS3) Preorder Announcements - GameStop Sniper Challenge 1

A few new pre-order items have been announced for Square Enix and IO Interactive’s Hitman: Absolution. Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are offering a suit and weapon combo, detailed below, while GameStop has thrown down the gauntlet with a standalone minigame: Sniper Challenge. Developed by IO Interactive, Hitman: Sniper Challenge will be available on May 15 on Live and PSN (August 1 on PC via Steam), months before Absolution’s November 20 launch. As an added bonus, all unlocked items and upgrades in Sniper Challenge will carry over to Absolution.

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Hitman: Absolution Professional Edition, pre-order info announced

Hitman: Absolution (360, PC, PS3) PE and Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has announced a Professional Edition as well as several pre-order programs for Hitman: Absolution. The premium edition runs $79.99 and includes a clamshell box, hardcover art book, making-of development footage, and several in-game items: the Agency HX UMP submachine gun, Agency Jagd P22G pistol, and Agency SPS 12 semi-auto shotgun. Both the standard and premium versions are available for pre-order, and Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart are all running programs. Currently, the offers consist of the Bartoli Custom Pistol at Amazon, Bronson 1928M SMG at Best Buy, Sniper Rifle: Agency Kazo TRG at GameStop, and Krugermeier 2-2 Pistol at Walmart. Additional pre-order extras will be announced in the near future.

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