Hitman: Absolution
Hitman: Absolution Online Pass No Longer Required For Contracts
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Square Enix has binned the online pass code required to play Hitman: Absolution's asynchronous Contracts mode, meaning that it's now completely free for anyone, even those who purchase a copy of the game used.

The publisher has essentially had second thoughts regarding the online pass for Contracts, deciding that it made more sense to ensure the mode was available to everyone.

"We’re so excited that Hitman: Absolution is launching next week! In particular, we’re looking forward to all of the amazing ways players can challenge each other in the innovative CONTRACTS mode – where you get to call the shots," IO Interactive stated on its Hitman: Absolution blog. “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.”

You'll be able to access the online pass for Contracts via the in-game menu where you'll be able to grab it for free, or you can still use the code bundled in the game box with new copies. Hitman: Absolution is out tomorrow worldwide, and is actually rather bloody good.


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Comment #1 by The Last Myth
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 07:21:16 AM
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yay suck it EA and all others who obsess over online passes..

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Comment #2 by Kite87
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 07:26:43 AM
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I'm getting the game on day one so it will not effect me, but nice move from SE here. :)

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Comment #3 by Saracin
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 07:28:12 AM
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Well this really wasn't a pure online mode, so it never made sense to require a pass. So to compare it to what EA, Ubisoft and others do is completely asinine. Personally I think they should have just made it where any new content is free for those with the pass and costs a few bucks for others.

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Comment #4 by iLLMATICxKiNG
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 07:49:56 AM
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Was getting day one anyways. With this, Halo 4, Black Ops 2, Assassin's Creed 3 on Black Friday, and the last Walking Dead episode, this is going to be a busy, busy year.

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Comment #5 by jpg30
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 07:53:55 AM
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finally a developer who actually has sense.

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Comment #6 by Afc JoNNy Rfc
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 07:58:42 AM
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@1 you are so right, Suck it EA :D

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Comment #7 by cursednaruto
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 08:19:39 AM
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@5 sense lol they wanted to do something new if I remember there was a time were there was no online passes if they won't to be nice that's a different story no pass and all preorders can be got from all stores

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Comment #8 by UberPirateNinja
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 08:20:34 AM
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so it comes with an online pass, that doesn't actually do anything?

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Comment #9 by Spanish Assault
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 08:27:47 AM
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"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"

WTF? That is the way it used to be you idiots. The greed from developers is what made them start using online codes.

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Comment #10 by Earth Djinn
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 08:44:13 AM
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I hope they make it so that people who do redeem an online pass get some kind of DLC or bonus.

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Comment #11 by kman123
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 08:44:20 AM
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And that EA, is how it's done.

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Comment #12 by BlackEyedAngel
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 09:03:17 AM
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Already picked up my copy in the post,
I'll be on this when I finish work in an hour w00t

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Comment #13 by SmS
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 09:10:26 AM
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Someone just became best devs

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Comment #14 by Vindicator51
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 09:13:13 AM
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So, they went with the old approach? I can't believe they actually think this is new.

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Comment #15 by tananset
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 09:13:28 AM
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Square Enix you're doing it right.

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Comment #16 by EngagedMetal7
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 09:23:21 AM
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Lol, can't believe people are actually thanking square enix for this, they should never have even considered it...

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Comment #17 by Vindicator51
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 09:28:52 AM
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@16 it just shows that people are easily manipulated.

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Comment #18 by Emperor 95
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:10:38 AM
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Good move. What really surprised me was that neither COD nor Halo included the online pass system yet games that are dominantly single player do, such as Hitman and Ac3.

OT. EA can suck my balls for starting the trend.

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Comment #19 by SydLosttarot
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:18:59 AM
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Hey let's give SE credit for the weakest altruism ever! Woohoo!

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Comment #20 by Grey Delta
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:36:39 AM
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This will at least stop me having to take a code from a rental copy in my local store.

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Comment #21 by coomzy
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 11:05:42 AM
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Square Enix - 1
EA - -99

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Comment #22 by Cinderkin
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 11:16:54 AM
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If you think about it they were always going to stick us with the pass, but there was a mistake in the US version of the code which allowed gamers to access it for free, so instead of recalling the game they just spun it to make them sound like they were doing it for the gamers.

Either way I'm glad it's free for everyone. Game is amazing.

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Comment #23 by Ultimo Godzilla
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 11:24:00 AM
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I happen to like online passes. Makes me feel like an added bonus when I buy a new game.

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Comment #24 by kitch
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 01:45:26 PM
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Got mine in delivered on Saturday! And I can tell u all it's brilliant!

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Comment #25 by ViNyLek
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 03:01:09 PM
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Well that is rather nice of them=)

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Comment #26 by SUBLIMETROJAN5
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 03:29:27 PM
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Online Passes need to go AWAY!!!!!...Now as for Hitman...I can't wait for midnight to get my still think Blood Money was the best of the Hitman games...I hope they bring some good DLC.

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Comment #27 by reaper527
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 03:34:39 PM
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props to square-enix on this decision. i'm always glad to see a developer abandon the online pass scam.

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Comment #28 by NATH4Nx
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 03:51:17 PM
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That's good news. The Online pass is just another way of fleecing you anyway.

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Comment #29 by OMGmyFACE
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 05:38:22 PM
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Introduce the idea of using a system we don't like then take it away and act like you're hooking us up. Instant fan support.

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Comment #30 by Tragik T
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 05:36:40 AM
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@23 I couldn't think of a word to call you...except SLIMEBAG.

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Comment #31 by Kaz 421
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 07:43:29 AM
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Kingdoms of Amalur had an Online Pass from EA and the whole game was single player.

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Comment #32 by Mr Snict
Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 10:31:10 AM
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Kinda bums me out I bums me out I bought this game at launch. Glad I at least got it for £20.

Still, glad that everyone can play it now, its one of the best bits of the game.

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US November 20, 2012
Europe November 20, 2012

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