You do realize that they did it specifically so you would write this article? In fact, them doing it, then pulling it immediately, is genius in a way - everyone noticed because of how ridiculous it was, then they get little backlash since they've already taken it down and apologized in a tongue in cheek way.
I wouldn't be surprised if the entire thing was pre-planned and went through all the proper channels to have exactly this result. Then their PR team looks at all the articles saying "Hitman Absolution" and "a game like this deserves better!" and reaps in the free hits and compliments to the game. Mission accomplished. Give that team their Christmas bonuses.