Square Enix Looking for Hitman to Carry On After Io Dissolves
Despite the possible closure of Io Interactive, the team behind Hitman, Square Enix expressed they want the series to continue on. In a financial briefing document, Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda said they are taking steps to keep Hitman alive despite what happens to Io Interactive.
“Our decision to withdraw from the Io Interactive A/S 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,” Matsuda said. “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.”
Gamespot followed up with Square Enix on the decision to put Io Interactive up for sale. In their interview, Yosuke Matsuda stated, “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. The decision to withdraw from that business was the result of a review of our Group’s allocation of both financial and human resources.”
While the future of Io Interactive is up in the air, it is highly unlikely that Hitman is going to die off, especially with 70 million challenges completed into the latest title. However, after a switch to an episodic model, that may not be a good thing.
Read our retro Hitman: Blood Money review here.