Hitman franchise is an episodic stealth video game developed by IO Interactive that was first published by Square Enix for Microsoft Windows, now becomes an independent company once again. It is still a mystery why Square Enix decided to let the property and studio go but IO CEO Hakan Abrak made an official statement saying: “We are proud to announce that IOI has become an independent and autonomous studio. We have ended up with discussion and negotiations with Square Enix and have agreed to a management buyout. Crucially, we will keep all of the rights to the Hitman IP.”
Square Enix first announced its plan to give up the IOI studio earlier this year if it does not find any customers. This was a watershed moment for IOI. The studio has a complete control over Hitman and the studio. Fans of the studio and Hitman franchise are really very excited but this is not the end of the story.
“We would get a number of openings and opportunities with our future collaborators and partners who can strengthen us and our studio and ensure that we can produce the best game possible for our community”, he further added. IO now has two options: either to make a deal with another parent studio like Sony or Microsoft that will help secure the advancement of their next project or offering up the exclusive rights to Hitman games in near future.
IO will come up with more interesting and breaking news next week. As long as IOI continues to work for Season One, it’s going to prove best case scenario for Hitman fans. CEO has assured to continue the Hitman series with the same potential as it was till now. The studio will offer up or not is a matter of how they sound financially good and whether or not they have any interest in being associated with any one company.