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Square Enix Montreal announces Hitman: Sniper

Free-to-play mobile and tablet game coming later this year

Hitman GO studio Square Enix Montréal has announced a new series entry for mobiles and tablets called Hitman: Sniper.

"We've designed Hitman: Sniper to be a massively competitive sniping game that will focus on the subtlety of execution," the studio said.

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"You'll need to have your wits about you to complete scenario-driven contracts that contain a number of targets and assignments.

"Each one is designed to have a high level of replayability, not only to fine-tune your approach but to explore creative alternatives and to achieve the ultimate score on the leaderboards."

The studio drew comparisons to Io Interactive developed Hitman: Sniper Challenge, which was released as a companion to Hitman Absolution, saying those that played it will have "a pretty good idea of the sort of action you can expect" from Hitman: Sniper.

Hitman: Sniper will launch later this year and will be available free of charge. Optional in-app purchases will be available for players to "customise their own game experience".

"For instance, you can get early access to contracts, or upgrade your sniper rifle - all things you can earn through playing the game. It's up to you which one you choose and the game won't force you down a particular route.

"By making Hitman: Sniper available for free, it will allow more people to have immediate access and increase the level of competition, which is at the core of the game."

Further Hitman: Sniper details will be announced at E3 next week.

IO Interactive recently released the first concept art for its next Hitman game, while confirming that it won't be shown off at E3.

In development for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, the title will star a globetrotting Agent 47 in the prime of his career, fulfilling contracts across "huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels" with the support of the ICA and long-term handler Diana Burnwood.

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