IO-Interactive Secures Future as Independent Studio

Posted June 16, 2017 by John Newby in Video Games

Thank goodness, Hitman isn’t dead!

E3 came and went this week, bringing along with it all manner of news. Spider-Man has a release date, Super Mario Odyssey lets you control a T-Rex, and Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 includes a tiny, dancing Groot. Exciting stuff, but the most important news by far actually came separate from E3 as IO-Interactive provided some much needed answers.

Weeks ago, Square Enix surprisingly announced that they were parting with IO in order to “focus our resources and energy on key franchises and studios.” This shocking move sent Hitman fans into a panic at the thought that seasons two and three wouldn’t be released. Thankfully, this doesn’t appear to be the case.

In a statement provided by IO’s CEO, Hakan Abrak, the future of the studio and Hitman was explained.

“Therefore, I am proud to announce today that IOI is now officially an independent studio. We have successfully concluded our negotiations with Square Enix and have agreed to a management buyout. Crucially, we will keep all of the rights to the Hitman IP. As of today, we have complete control over the direction for our studio and the Hitman IP — we’re about to forge our own future and it’s incredibly exciting.”

Exciting, indeed. The two biggest questions since Square Enix’s announcement about IO-Interactive were “what happens to the employees” and “will Hitman’s second season come out on schedule?” Well, at least we have a partial answer about Agent 47’s future. IO securing it’s main IP means that the next two seasons can continue as planned. Although there wasn’t any information revealed about Hitman’s release date.

The interesting part about this news is that IO briefly touched upon its other games like Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas but didn’t say if any of those properties would be making the transition. This most likely means that Mini Ninjas 2 will never exist, but I can still hold out hope.




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