Hitman: Absolution drops online pass

Square Enix says it planned to launch new action game with code, but has decided to take a new approach.

This week's Hitman: Absolution will not include an online pass. Publisher Square Enix has announced that the game's Contracts mode was planned as being accessible only through a download code in the game's box, but the company has had a change of heart.

Gamers in North America will automatically see the Contracts game mode from the title's menu. Those in other regions can either redeem the code in the box or select "Buy Contracts Pass" where it will be available for free.

It is not clear what Square Enix had originally intended to charge for the Contracts game mode, though similar offers from other publishers run around $10.

Hitman: Absolution's Contracts mode has players creating their own customized assassinations and challenging friends to beat them. For more on Hitman Absolution, check out GameSpot's review.

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Cooker47
Cooker47

The Contracts mode isn't worth the cost of an online pass. I do enjoy it but would have been disappointed if I had paid extra for it.

 

Awesome game tho, I would recommend getting it 

 

jark888
jark888

Not charging more for nonsense is a good marketing.

blackfire
blackfire

I played Hitman yesterday day and didn't have access to contracts mode. Anyone else had this problem?

SanjuroGT
SanjuroGT

thank you for not following the online pass examples of other game companies. hopefully thxs to square-enix online pass will hopefully be scraped for it is a bad business since it makes a gamer feel like that the game has lost some value of the game which we actually paid for but need to pay extra all because of a code that might not work when you take it out of the box.

toddx77
toddx77

Hopefully more publishers will do away with the online pass.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Glad SE had the change of heart, although it was a bit late to change some minds. Better late than never. Online Passes are part of a bigger problem of DRM that has been causing a real problem with gaming lately.

jayjay444
jayjay444

I was going to get the game but for them just having the intention of giving me a online pass they can go burn for all i care, i'm no longer interested in your game even though u have done away with the online pass.

sethbouldin
sethbouldin

This is considered a "new" approach?

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

This is great news and I can't wait to play htis game tomorrow.

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

Good choice. One only has to look at Capcom among others for everything wrong in terms of additional content.

starduke
starduke

So, they were gonna do a jerk move and decided against it. Yippie for them.

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

Hm interesting that they would pull the plug like this suddenly.  Maybe they didn't want to risk alienating people who hate free pass as Square Enix probably need all the money they can get from the consumers, especially after a few major setbacks this year (Like FFXIV).

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

1.) Online passes are legit.

2.) ....why did they remove it?

Pablo_Heroin
Pablo_Heroin

So this is new marketing? First take away what should be ours anyway, then give it back and shine like some beacon between those evil publishers? I wont forget unless publishers forget about Online Pass concept too. It was nothing more mere attempt to make us quiet.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Off topic a bit but ....I'm guessing that concept art work of Agent 47 there is that of the artist Patrick Brown? Looks cool and i can spot his style almost anywhere as seen back on Deviant Art!

CeZar_87
CeZar_87

I'll give them props for doing this. However, they lose some cool points for attempting to rip people off at the same time. Good thing they decided to not screw us over. 

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

A step in the right direction. Just make sure the content is on the disc and unlocked for all regions next time. An Online Pass for single player content is very wrong.

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

"Square Enix says it planned to launch new action game with code, but has decided to take a new approach." Huhhhh.... You mean they went back to when times where reasonable and extortion was not considered normal when it came to going online?

 

 

santinegrete
santinegrete

This is unfair... but at least they made avaiable the game on Steam in my region.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Unfair for other regions to use online pass while NA gets free. They should provide multiple codes free of cost then.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

first there was DLCs now EVERY single fucking game comes out with that fucking BS cash grab of Season pass  FUCK YOU GREEDY ASS SHIT DEVS

EllieStranger
EllieStranger

To you morons championing Square for this. Why would a game without a multiplayer mode even need an online pass for?

chriskingkong
chriskingkong

Where is the good old days with no online pass???

vallee05
vallee05

I don't mind the online passes, because it's included in the game when purchased new. Then If you buy it used you'll have to pay for it. However, for all you renters out there there should be a 5 day trail for the online mode, after that you have to pay. Simple...So what's the problem again?

endorbr
endorbr

Hmm... wonder why the change of heart?

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

online pass = online mode soon to be dead

JoeyMtl87
JoeyMtl87

I feel this would be like charging an online pass for leaderboards or an "autolog" feature. Glad they decided against it... wish I read news like this more often.

GreyViper
GreyViper

News like these are nice to read/

pokecharm
pokecharm

glad to see a company not bilking us for every last dime we have!

iBuzz7S
iBuzz7S

It would not of made sense to do so. I mean, if it had competitive multiplayer like some FPS/Racing games, then you could justify the need for a season pass.

 

I suppose they just want fans to have fun and not be restricted from what they have put on offer. Kudos to them.