Agent 47 is finally returning to gamers this November after moving to the movies and a lengthy hiatus. While Hitman: Absolution is looking fantastic, if you can’t wait to get your hands on it, Square Enix and IO Interactive have a preorder incentive (at Gamestop no less) that you may want to check out.
For preordering the game, you’ll get access to actual gameplay content called Hitman: Sniper Challenge. While you won’t get to play a section of Absolution early, this content does show off the new Glacier 2 engine and offers gamers a way to unlock bonuses for the game months before it hits stores. Plus, how can you say no to a highly replayable gameplay segment?
Sniper Challenge tasks Agent 47 with taking out a high value CEO and his bodyguards at a downtown Chicago rooftop party. Players will increase their score by getting kills, earn multipliers for skilled shots, and even unlock items/gear for Hitman: Absolution. The mission itself is fun if not a bit straight forward. The more guys you take out silently, the better you’ll do. Where it gets more interesting is how interactive and detailed the rooftop area is. Looking through the sniper rifle scope, you’re bound to see a ton of interesting things. The mode also features more than 10 challenges which essentially turns this into a “Where’s Waldo” sort of map. In addition to the main objective, side tasks will have you trying to locate 5 hidden rubber duckies, shooting a bodyguard down an elevator shaft, locating hidden gnomes, and only performing headshots. These are purely optional but completing them will offer multipliers for your final score in addition to creating an addictive gameplay mechanic.
The content aside, I feel this type of incentive is great for the industry and gamers a like. I know personally, it made me go out and preorder the game sooner than I normally would have. Getting actual content to tide me over and also let me unlock items for the actual game months before it’s release is such a fantastic idea. I really hope this is a trend that catches on going forward. It seems to be a win win for all parties involved.