'Hitman' News: Square Enix Announces New Mobile Game 'Hitman: Sniper', iOS Tie-In To Next Console Title? [SCREENS]

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Jun 05, 2014 01:23 PM EDT

While it may not be the new Hitman to redeem some of Absolution's lesser points, publisher Square Enix has announced another chapter for 47, another mobile title dubbed Hitman: Sniper.

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There's not much information on the game apart from what was in the press release, which describes the game as focusing "on the subtlety of execution and includes a series of scenario-driven contracts, which contain a number of targets and assignments to allow for replayability."

Based on the title and screens it seems obvious that the game will focus on scoped rifles and nothing but. But as far as the gameplay? The release could only detail that the game would feature "levels full of creative opportunities to manipulate the environment, guards, and targets to complete the hit. It is also designed to deliver a game experience that is built for touch screen devices and takes full advantage of the possibilities offered by the platform and will contain leaderboard driven challenges for players to compete against their friends." Beyond that, it's anyone's guess.

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Before Hitman: Absolution launched, a standalone mini-game of sorts was offered a bonus for pre-order customers. The game came with leaderboards so players could do their best to outperform each other, as well as find secret extras and unlock equipment upgrades, which could then be carried over for Absolution. Is it possible Square Enix is doing something similar for the next "big" Hitman game? Concept art recently surfaced, showing that a new title was indeed in development, so anything's possible, especially with E3 kicking off in just a few days.

Sniper is set to launch this year to the mobile market as a free-to-play title. Exact operating systems weren't named, but expect the game to hit iOS first before trickling over to Android. The game will be playable at the Square Enix booth at this year's E3. Non-attendees can get a look at Hitman: Sniper and other games from the publisher via a live broadcast.

Meanwhile, Hitman GO finally released on Android today. Check out the trailer below.

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