Gamers looking forward to the release of Hitman: Absolution will have to be a little more careful than usual when selecting where they decide to pre-order the upcoming game. Publisher Square Enix, Inc. has announced that their “Professional Edition” is now available for pre-order. The professional edition will contain a premium hardcover art book with a foreword from Game Director Tore Blystad and an exclusive behind-the-scenes “making of” video, all packaged in a clamshell box along with advanced access to a range of the in-game agency weapons.

Here’s the catch:

The store you choose to pre-order the game from will make a significant impact to your gaming experience. By pre-ordering from one of the below retailers players will have access to a weapon that is exclusive to that copy of the game.

  1. Amazon Bartoli Custom Pistol – An engineered precision weapon, complete with sight and silencer.
  2. Best Buy Bronson 1928M SMG – A classic submachine gun with high fire rate and deadly stopping power.
  3. GameStop Sniper Rifle: Agency Kazo TRG – The modern agency rifle with upgradable scope and silencer.
  4. Walmart Krugermeier 2–2 Pistol – An accurate, reliable stealth weapon with a built-in silencer.

So what do you think? Is it fair for people who pre-order games to receive any sort of advantage in them? Is this just a clever way of “locking” people out of content? Or does this add a whole new tactical layer to the game?

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