Hitman: Absolution Contracts Servers to Shut Down, Hopefully Temporarily

By Kelly Packard, 8 months ago
Hitman series developer IO Interactive must close the servers for 2012's Hitman: Absolution in what the company hopes is only a temporary situation. Servers are used for the game's Contracts feature, which lets players create their own scenarios and challenge friends or the community to complete them with a better score.

According to IO, the closure stems from "a combination of incoming GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation] rules and the fact that we do not have ownership of the Absolution Contracts Mode servers."

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In addition to the closure, IO says they must remove the "Contracts Pass" from digital stores. The pass can be downloaded for free on the Marketplace and allows access to the Contracts content. The option to download the pass is not available (or needed) for those in North America because the pass is already included in those versions of the game.

TrueAchievements has the following eight achievements flagged as requiring Absolution's online services:

*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

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The GDPR changes happen May 25th, and as a result, the Contracts servers will be closing "before the end of May." IO promises to continue working to find a way to restore the online services and content to ensure the removal is only temporary. Of course, on TA, many of our users would rather be safe than sorry and complete any achievements before the shutdown instead of waiting and hoping the servers will return.

We've got the full list of Hitman: Absolution achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.

Check out our Best Xbox Stealth Games Available in 2018 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.
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Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
In a few descriptors: college student, longtime gamer, writer and junk food enthusiast. I contribute to TrueAchievements as a news writer and reviewer. Usually, you can find me knee-deep in a multiplayer game while ignoring my growing backlog or on one forum or another discussing all things gaming.