Square Enix has revealed that Hitman: Absolution will be released globally on November 20, while a spin-off pre-order bonus, the Hitman: Sniper Challenge, will be available from May 15.
The announcement comes amidst retailer speculation that the shooter would be appearing some time in September.
The confirmation was attached to the official announcement of Sniper Challenge, a standalone experience available exclusively for pre-order customers that was leaked last week.
"Agent 47 is the best in the business so it seemed appropriate to create the best pre-order reward possible for our fans," said Jon Brooke, brand director of the Hitman franchise. "Hitman: Sniper Challenge is a way of thanking customers and giving them a taste of Agent 47's skills from the moment they pre-order the game."
Sniper Challenge will unlock on Xbox Live and PSN on May 15, and August 1 through Steam.