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Hitman Absolution now offers online for free



Square Enix has dumped the need for an online pass in Hitman: Absolution.

"We'd actually planned to have this mode accessible via a code in the game's box, but we really want to make it available to anybody that plays the game, so we want to take a new approach," says a post on the Hitman blog.

"If you're in North America you'll see the mode automatically appear in the game menu. If you're elsewhere, you can redeem the code inside the box, or you can simply select the BUY CONTRACTS PASS option. From there, head to the store where CONTRACTS will be free to access."

So to clarify, a code is in the box, but should you want to gain access to online in the future and did not get a code, you'll be able to download it for free anyway.

What do you think of this?

We'll hopefully have a review of Hitman Absolution for you very soon.


Edited On 19 Nov, 2012

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adwan's avatar
adwan 4 years ago
Interesting. A good move though, it's about time a developer remembered that they make games for people to play, not to fleece them out of every penny they have.
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GAZZAAAAAAAAA 4 years ago
Well played Square Enix the way it should be as us gamers pay enough I think so well done :)
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Dead 4 years ago
Quite right too, really annoys me when I rent a game and can't play it online without paying.
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Lewis 4 years ago
Game passes are sometimes a good thing as it gives the developer some money to fund their next title. Remember guys that if you buy pre-owned games the developer of that game doesn't see a penny and all the money goes to the business you bought it from, so buy new games if you want to see a higher quality gaming industry
Dead's avatar
They got the money from the original sale, why should they make money out of it's original owner deciding to sell it on?
Dead 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
It also screws over people who rent.
Dead 4 years ago
adwan's avatar
This issue should be taken up with retailers and not with gamers. People buy pre-owned because they cannot afford to pay full asking price for a game.
adwan 4 years ago
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While I've more-or-less stopped buying pre-owned games that's due to most of the pre-owned shops (especially CEX) being more expensive for pre-owned than Shopto, Amazon or Zavvi are for brand new. But on the other hand. Some companies, well. One company. Rhymes with Tactivision. Their games sell for a higher amount than most other games. So you've essentially already bought this 'free' online pass and Day 1 DLC they've put in the game.
Robichoico 4 years ago
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Lewis 4 years ago
true they did make money on the original sale but think of it this way, imagine you owned a club and everyone had to pay to get in and got a stamp on their hand so they can come and go as they please for the night, but the person who paid to get in copies that stamp and gives it to someone who can re-make that stamp and give it to people outside for cheaper than the entry fee. then half of the community in your club have not paid to get in possibly making the club not worth keeping open. If the game has a big enough community then its good that they don't have passes because they just dont need them (i.e. COD) but game like battlefield really need to lose them because they are big enough without the need for them.
Dead's avatar
That analogy works better for piracy, selling a preowned game would be more like selling a ticket to the club.
Dead 4 years ago
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Lisa 4 years ago
this is a really good idea, it will be greatly appreciated by many.
Anonymous user's avatar
exactly, and hitman is a franchise that needs a boost and having a dlc pass is not the way to do it
IAIN 4 years ago
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Barada 4 years ago
There could also be a marketing angle buried within this news; could some people be encouraged to buy a game with no hidden extras to play online or another game where a 'season pass' would be needed for the same online multiplayer facility. I'm sure gamers will still buy whatever brand they really want to play, regardless of free online play?
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kwok007 4 years ago
All online gaming should be free as we pay Microsoft for our gold online account and our service provider to go online. All money money money! Rant over.
adwan's avatar
didn't you know money makes the world go round??
adwan 4 years ago
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troublemaker 4 years ago
A great move I think. While this is not an MP mode per se, it would certainly hurt square and IO to force a redeemable code for it. Especially when you tie trophies to it, the trophy hunters get angry when you force an online pass for trophies!
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0000000000 4 years ago
gutted I had to cancel this :( roll on when I can pick it up I was so excited for this 1
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
I for one think along the same lines as Lewis the reasoning is a Average Joe goes into Game for a game (Lets just say Hitman Absolution) he sees a new copy for 39.99GBP & a Pre-owned copy for 29.99 GBP. We all know what one he will buy so that is a sale lost so why shouldn't he be made to buy a Online pass
Dead's avatar
It's not a sale lost though, as the preowned game was sold in the first place so the publishers got their money for that copy of the game.
Dead 4 years ago
adwan's avatar
It kind of is a lost sale though. 2 people want ot buy the game, but one buys new and one buys pre-owned, that equals just one sale for the publisher instead of what should have been 2 sales. Instead the retailer, who probably paid the previous owner £15 for the game, will get an extra sale and make another £14.99 pure profit.

I still think that retailers should cut a deal with publishers so that they split the profit made. Yes, it will result in lower trade-in values but this will still happen if online passes continue as more games will be traded in with no online and people will buy less of them meaning more pre-owned stock, resulting in lower demand and lower values. It still means that people who want to buy pre-owned will be able to and not lose out on content.
adwan 4 years ago
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Oscar 4 years ago
I'm glad they went this route; too many video game companies nowadays are beginning to consider the ridiculous "VIP Pass" concept as standard. I'm glad they didn't fall prey to the financial lust that has overcome so many other game publishers/designers. From what I've seen, the Contracts mode will add a significant amount of replayability to what is already a long game.
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But if you buy the game brand new it really should not matter
Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
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Carl-G 4 years ago
Flip'ing hell :D Square Enix do something right for once lol:D
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airdam 4 years ago
Got my copy already. I have only played the first level...about 15 times picking up different items and using different techniques each time, really good replay value on this one (so far anyway)
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airdam 4 years ago
Got my copy already. I have only played the first level...about 15 times picking up different items and using different techniques each time, really good replay value on this one (so far anyway)
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mrmascal4 4 years ago
A good move, that all developers should follow.
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Kizzy 4 years ago
YAY! there are good developers out there :D
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Hopefully other developers will follow suit, Can't see this happening but this will make Square Enix a more respected company, To me anyway.
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rjc 4 years ago
Good idea, very good idea.
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rick75fowler 4 years ago
good on square enix in doing this for free it should be like this for all games really,they make enough revenue from dlc's,season passes ect as it is.
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Crunch70 4 years ago
I like the idea of it being free but I can see the point of online passes, I am assuming that if you buy a game second hand and it requires an online pass then the money used to buy that online pass (I am hoping) goes back to the developers rather than the retailer just getting all the profit from the resale. Just my opinion....
rjc's avatar
Yeah, Crunch. From a customer's perspective it's 'money grabbers' lol, but if you were to put yourself in their shoes one copy of the game could get played by ten people and they only see any sort if income from the first person that bought it new.
rjc 4 years ago

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