Hitman May Live on, but Without Developer IO Interactive

Hitman May Live on, but Without Developer IO Interactive

The Hitman franchise may live on, despite publisher Square Enix parting ways with developer IO Interactive earlier this month.

When Square Enix first announced that they were putting IO Interactive up for sale, the future of the stealth action franchise was unclear. An English transcript (now removed) from a meeting with investors however, seems to indicate that the company is interested in continuing Agent 47’s escapades.

"Our decision to withdraw from the IO Interactive business was the result of a review of our portfolio that we conducted as part of our effort to concentrate our resources in order to strengthen our development capabilities," said Yosuke Matsuda, president of Square Enix. "Because the firm is engaged in the development of Hitman and other renowned titles, we are negotiating with prospective external investors capable of ensuring that these titles carry on."

"Given the nature of the competitive landscape in the western markets as well as other considerations, we decided we needed to concentrate our development resources,” Matsuda added, when asked about selling IO. “The decision to withdraw from that business was the result of a review of our Group's allocation of both financial and human resources."

IO Interactive recently let staff go, following the news of their sale.  "We're sad that great talent and good friends will be leaving the studio,” read the announcement. “We are doing everything possible to look after everyone affected. Thank you for your support and understanding."

Source: GameSpot



 

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Comments Comments (5)

 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 30 May 2017 11:11 AM
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Better for a game to die then to become trash, let's hope that doesn't happen.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Tuesday 30 May 2017 12:35 PM
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One of these things that will be interesting to watch from distance...
How will Hitman go without IO Interactive and why would investors invest in the now unknown as it may move to another in-house or external developer?, and secondly how will IO Interactive go not making anything Hitman, because thats mainly all they have done, what will they possibly create or get assigned and how will it turn out?
It like people watching lol or company watching in this case...
 
 
 
Posted by Tin-Automaton
On Tuesday 30 May 2017 2:00 PM
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30 May 2017, 12:35 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
One of these things that will be interesting to watch from distance...
How will Hitman go without IO Interactive and why would investors invest in the now unknown as it may move to another in-house or external developer?, and secondly how will IO Interactive go not making anything Hitman, because thats mainly all they have done, what will they possibly create or get assigned and how will it turn out?
It like people watching lol or company watching in this case...
Calling it: IO will make a Hitman-esque game, but instead you play as an assassin with /too much hair/
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Tuesday 30 May 2017 6:58 PM
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30 May 2017, 02:00 PM Reply to Tin-Automaton
Calling it: IO will make a Hitman-esque game, but instead you play as an assassin with /too much hair/
Playing it safe with that one mate, but your on!
 
 
 
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Wednesday 31 May 2017 7:23 PM
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Is that the smell of Hitman Go 2.3,4,..... in the air?