Hitman: Sniper Challenge Summary
Marketing gimmick or gripping action?
There's doings afoot. Square Enix has filed the paperwork to register more trademarks for Eidos properties Deus Ex and Hitman. Their names are open to significant interpretation to our delight/despair.
Hitman Sniper for instance sounds like a continuation of the surprising hit (get it?) that Sniper Challenge proved, which was just fancy marketing for Hitman: Absolution.
Core Online is Square Enix's free-to-play platform, which currently has Tomb Raider Underworld, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Mini Ninjas and Hitman: Blood Money. Now two more join the list.
Hitman: Sniper Challenge and Bejeweled-like RPG Gyromancer are the latest additions. These can be played through the browser for up to 20 minutes per day, with advertisements.
Hitman: Sniper Challenge may be the most effective pre-order bonus of all time. Used to promote the upcoming release of Hitman: Absolution, IO Interactive has expressed an interest in making a standalone title for the game.
An Italian retailer lists Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman 3: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money as part of a Hitman HD Collection for the PlayStation 3. It's out this October 15th, they say.
Those three Hitman titles are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the franchise. Hitman: Absolution releases November 20th. Are Eidos and Square Enix preparing a HD bundle for the bald guy?
Square Enix today confirmed the development of Hitman: Sniper Challenge, a standalone title that will be made available for free to those who pre-order a copy of Hitman: Absolution on the 15th May.
It will be released on the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, although a PC version won't be available until 1st August on Steam.