Square and IO Interactive made an incredibly savvy move with the pre-release mini-game Hitman Sniper Challenge sent into the world to herald the arrival of Hitman: Absolution in November. So much so that the mini-game could go it alone. However, at least one voice on industry bible MCV's site is claiming the freebie, pre-release title is being sold for £5.
"Hitman: Sniper Challenge
is a free game being offered for anyone pre-ordering Hitman Absolution from selected retailers. It is a stand-alone 'hit' in the Hitman universe and is intended as separate content for fans to enjoy whilst waiting for Hitman: Absolution to be released", says the blurb.
MCV is running a story regarding comments made by IO Interactive game director Tore Blystad about a full-blown version of the title in which Tor says of that option:
“Who knows? It turned out really well. If we can find a way to make it work then I guess we will." Oh come on, that's not a "Yes" or a "No" is it?
At the foot of that same MCV story
comes this amazing and unsubstantiated comment:
"Grainger Games already sell the 'Sniper Challenge' for £5 (well my local store does anyway, seen it behind the counter)."
That would be a currently free title, being sold for £5... presumably without the knowledge of Square. We've contacted Grainger so that they can offer a clarification of what is, we have to reiterate, a single, unsubstantiated comment.UPDATE
Grainger has responded to our request for comment with the following statement:
"This title was sold into us at a cost through an official supplier as a pre order bonus not a free title.
"We already take a £3 pre order on any titles that the customer’s request and with this we decided to up the pre order cost to £5 as you get this content.
"This is not sold as a standalone and anyone who has paid any amount for this title will get the amount they have paid off the Hitman Absolution once it is released."
So, that's clarified things.END UPDATE