According to the official Hitman: Absolution Tumblr, Hitman: Absolution will not require you to redeem an online pass to play Contracts mode if you live in North America. Copies in North America will come with the mode on disc right out of the box, while other countries will have to either redeem the code found inside the game box or download it from the store for free.
You can read the official statement for more details by following the link up above. Hitman: Absolution releases on November 20 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Be sure to check out our review of the game at the start of next week!