Square Enix and IO Interactive have decided to scrap the pass code to access Hitman Absolution ‘Contracts Mode’.

New copies do ship with a single-use ‘Contracts Pass Code’, so this would essentially only have affected those who were picking up a pre-played copy.

The Hitman Tumblr now reports that the pass will now be free to download for everyone. North American players will be able to access the mode straight from the main menu, and elsewhere in the world, players will have to download the Contracts Pass either by redeeming the code in the box, or downloading it for free from Xbox LIVE Marketplace or PlayStation Store.

“The only thing you need to worry about then is just how challenging your CONTRACT will be. See you online!” reads the post.

“So that’s good then. No excuse for everybody not to get cracking as soon as the game’s out in Europe and other PAL regions on November 20th – we’ll be talking more about the some of the cool CONTRACTS being created post-launch, so make sure to check back often.”

[via Joystiq]