It's not just one of the greatest pre-order incentives of all time, Hitman Sniper Challenge could also become a game in its own right.
Developer IO Interactive told MCV the success of Sniper Challenge has been ‘crazy'. And the mode has even influenced what it is doing within Absolution.
People are playing it a lot,” said game director Tore Blystad. I think the No.1 player in the world has clocked in hundreds of hours so far which is completely crazy, right? We're very happy because that's the essence of Hitman; it is made to be replayed.
The scores have been ridiculous. The best one has 6.5m – how on earth did they do that?
We are always learning. We wanted Sniper Challenge to have a big spread of scores. And that is now in Absolution. You can always see how your friends are doing.”
And for a standalone game: Who knows? It turned out really well. If we can find a way to make it work then I guess we will.”