The free-to-play title, which Square Enix Montreal will show off at E3 2014 next week, is a competitive sniping game that challenges players to achieve high scores on stealth assassination missions. The scenarios are designed to be replayable, encouraging players to refine their techniques and strategies to climb up the leaderboards. According to the studio, Hitman: Sniper will be similar to Hitman: Sniper Challenge, a stand-alone title that IO Interactive launched prior to the release of Hitman: Absolution, although it will be "tailor-built" for touchscreens.
Square Enix Montreal said today that Hitman: Sniper's in-app purchases will provide players with items that can all be unlocked by playing the game as well, elements such as sniper rifle improvements and early access to new contracts. The studio added that it will be listening to players' feedback on the microtransactions — "we want to make sure we’re getting the balance right," reads the game's announcement post.
Hitman: Sniper will be available later this year. For now, you can check out the full review for Hitman Go, which took the Hitman series' assassination mechanics and cast them into a diorama-style virtual board game.