Here’s a spot of good news; although the mere fact that we’re calling this good news is indicative of just how much the industry has changed over the years. Publisher Square Enix has decided to do the unthinkable and allow anyone access to the online component of Hitman: Absolution. That’s right, even filthy cheapskates who buy the game second-hand.
Contracts Mode is the online portion in Agent 47’s next blood-soaked outing. It allows users to developer their own contracts for other players to attempt. You’ll be able to use any of the levels found in the main game, and murder any NPC, which will then become the contract’s mark. You can have more than one mark and set requirements on which weapons can be used. That’s then uploaded for others to attempt, complete with leader boards and other social networking shenanigans.
According to an official statement: “We’d [Square Enix] 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.” Here’s a newsflash for you, official statement, there’s nothing “new” about this approach; it was the norm just over two years ago.
This change of heart is recent enough to mean that you’ll still get that slip of paper with an access code in your boxed copy of Hitman: Absolution. Square says you can just ignore that and download the Contracts Mode for free via the in-game Store. That’s the case in EU territories at least (which South Africa falls in line with). The US versions of Absolution come with Contracts Mode already included – no download required. Not sure why there is this discrepancy between territory versions but there you have it.