Hitman: Absolution Scraps Online Pass, Free Content

By Aditya Bhat , Updated Nov 19, 2012 01:00 PM EST

Square Enix revealed that Hitman: Absolution will not need an online pass to access its new Contracts mode.

It was planned earlier that the game would include a code in the box that can be used to unlock the mode. The mode creates the player's own custom hits within the levels of the game.

"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," read a post on the game's Tumblr.

"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."

This is something that even European gamers can be happy about.

The Contracts mode extends the lifespan of the game and allows players to be both creative and competitive.

This is the fifth instalment of the Hitman game series. The game will run on will run on IO Interactive's proprietary Glacier 2 game engine.

The story takes place in the U.S.

The game will feature a new "instinct mode" that will allow the character Agent 47 to predict enemy patrol routes. It is well-known for allowing players to create their own narratives within sandbox levels. 

The game fielded some controversy when it released a cinematic teaser trailer May 29 showing "gun-toting, PVC and latex-clad nuns being killed in a hail of bullets." Tore Blystad, IO Interactive apologized saying, "sorry that we offended people," adding that it "was truly not the intention of the trailer."

Hitman: Absolution is a stealth game. The game is developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix. It will release on Nov.20 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Per reports, the game got mixed reviews.

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