Hitman Release Date and Sniper Challenge Announced

Square Enix has finally dated IO Interactive’s highly-anticipated entry into the Hitman franchise — Hitman Absolution — which will see its release on November 20 later this year.

Not only that, but remember when we posted that leaked GameStop poster about Hitman’s sniper challenge? Well, as it turns out, it’s a 100 percent fact now.

People who pre-order the game will get access to Hitman Absolution’s Sniper Challenge. While it’s not a full-on multiplayer mode, players will be able to unlock equipment upgrades and participate in online leaderboards to see how they fare against the rest of the world when it comes to sniping.

To sweeten the pot, prizes will be given away to participating players leading up to the game’s launch. The top sniper in the world will receive a trip for two to Denmark to meet the folks at IO Interactive; and they’ll even have their likeness incorporated for IO Interactive’s next game!

Also of note, everything the player unlocks in the sniper challenge will carry over to the main game when it’s released.

Oh, and did you catch that dig at Assassin’s Creed near the end of the trailer? Now that’s one impressive eagle shot!