Hitman: Contracts is a stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive. It is the third installment in the Hitman game series. The game features recreations of four levels from Hitman: Codename 47. The storyline intertwines between two missions in its sequel, Hitman: Blood Money. As of April 2009, the game has sold around 2 million copies. The game was released on April 20, 2004 in North America, April 30, 2004 in Europe, and on October 14, 2004 in Japan for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. The Hitman HD Trilogy was released on January 29, 2013 in North America, January 31, 2013 in Australia, and February 1, 2013 in Europe for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
The game has been bundled with a compilation of other Hitman titles in releases such as the Hitman Trilogy (for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 2), Hitman: Ultimate Contract (Microsoft Windows), and Hitman HD Trilogy for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Due to licensing issues with a song featured in the game ("Immortal" by Clutch), Hitman: Contracts did not get a release on the online distribution service, Steam, until 2014, despite all other Hitman games being released on the platform. For the 2013 release of Hitman HD Trilogy, the copyrighted song was replaced with another.