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Old 05-26-2017, 10:33 AM   #1
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Hitman May Survive Sale Of Developer IO Interactive

GameSpot has the story.

When Square Enix first revealed its plans to explore a sale of IO, it did not indicate whether the Hitman IP would be sold off with it; it wasn't out of the question that Square Enix could hold onto the rights and allow the franchise to become dormant. But that doesn't appear to be the plan, based on a newly released English transcript of Square Enix's post-earnings results briefing.

"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," Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda explained. "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."

That last bit is where the promising news comes in. Whether it sells the Hitman IP rights along with IO or is willing to license them out, there's apparently a willingness on Square Enix's part to allow Hitman to continue. As for the other "renowned titles," IO is also the developer of the Kane & Lynch series. It is--or was--also at work on a new IP.
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I hope they do another season of Hitman. The rather liked the previous game, easily one of my favorite games of 2016.
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I didn't enjoy it. Felt really stiff and clinical. You're supposed to kill people in all sorts of nasty (messy) ways but there's no blood, and the bodies are easily hidden in "boxes" and "hampers" just lying around all over the place. Half of the game functionality is gone once you go offline, and the worst is the rewards system; You pass a mission and they reward you with gadgets and placement so you can re-play that same mission but more easily.
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