Square Enix and IO Interactive have confirmed that Hitman: Absolution's Contracts multiplayer mode will be free for anyone who has a copy of the game, as it won't be locked behind an online pass or anything like that.
Hitman: Absolution is set to once again show why Agent 47 is one of the most capable assassins of all time and, besides a great story campaign, the game will also feature a special Contracts asynchronous multiplayer mode.
After seeing the online experience in action, Square Enix and IO Interactive have now revealed that the multiplayer mode won't be locked behind an online pass, as it's going to be free for anyone with a copy of the game, either a new or a second hand one.
"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," the companies said on the Square Enix 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."
Those who get Hitman: Absolution in North America will see the mode automatically appear in the game's menu, while those in other territories will need to follow a certain procedure.
"If you’re elsewhere, you can redeem the code inside the box, or you can simply select the But Contracts Pass option. From there, head to the store where Contracts will be free to access."
Considering Online Passes are becoming more and more popular with many developers, it's great to hear that IO Interactive had a change of heart and disposed of this mechanic for Hitman: Absolution.
The game will be released on October 20, for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.