Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announced the grand prize for the HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE competition in the UK. The person crowned The UK’s Ultimate Assassin will be immortalised in a future Hitman game and also presented with a Golden Joystick® at Future Publishing’s annual Golden Joystick Awards on 26th October 2012.
With Agent 47s around the globe having racked up over 35 million kills playing HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE, the competition to find the top UK sniper is now live with gamers competing for daily, weekly and monthly prizes. All Monthly winners will have the chance to battle it out in a Grand Final and be crowned the UK’s Ultimate Assassin.
HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE has been created as a bespoke standalone experience to reward fans who pre-order HITMAN: ABSOLUTION™. Online leader boards allow players to compare their sniping abilities with players around the world, supported by various challenges to determine who has the best sniping skills. Skilled players will capitalize on score multipliers, discover secret extras, unlock equipment upgrades and marvel at the many creative ways one can discreetly dispose of a body while they work to fulfill their contract in the most efficient way possible. A host of upgrades can be unlocked and carried over into HITMAN: ABSOLUTION.
“HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE has been an extremely successful pre-order incentive for us,” said Jon Brooke, Brand Director of the Hitman Franchise. “We’re really excited to be able to offer one fan a once in a lifetime prize and The Golden Joysticks is the perfect partner to showcase the Ultimate Assassin’s achievement.”
Now in its 30th year, the Golden Joystick Awards are the only gaming awards that are voted by the people that matter most, the gamers themselves. With over two million votes cast last year, the shortlist will once again be the focus of gamers’ conversations throughout the summer.
“It’s an honour to partner with such a hotly anticipated title as HITMAN: ABSOLUTION and provide the platform for this amazing prize. The awards are usually presented to publishers and developers only, so it’s exciting to be able to celebrate the talents of a sharp-shooting gamer too,” said James Kick, Associate Publisher, The Golden Joystick Awards.
HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE pre-order promotion is available now through access to Xbox LIVE® or PlayStation Network for customers who pre-order HITMAN: ABSOLUTION. PC owners will be able to download HITMAN: SNIPER CHALLENGE through Steam from 1st August 2012. HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is scheduled for global release on 20th November 2012 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC. Developed by IO Interactive A/S, a Square Enix studio, HITMAN: ABSOLUTION is not yet rated.
For full details and official competition rules please visit www.hitmansniper.com