Square Enix Cuts Ties With Hitman Developer IO Interactive

"To maximize player satisfaction as well as market potential going forward."

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Square Enix reported more than just their quarterly earnings report this morning. The company has announced in a Notice of Booking of Extraordinary Loss attached to their quarterly report that they have ended their relationship with IO Interactive, developer of Hitman.

"To maximize player satisfaction as well as market potential going forward, we are focusing our resources and energies on key franchises and studios. As a result, the Company has regrettably decided to withdraw from the business of IO INTERACTIVE.

Square Enix also stated that they are interested in doing what is best for the studio and their intellectual property.

"The Company started discussions with potential new investors and is currently in negotiations to secure this investment. Whilst there can be no guarantees that the negotiations will be concluded successfully, they are being explored since this is in the best interests of our shareholders, the studio and the industry as a whole."

Square Enix also booked a $43 million extraordinary loss for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. Fans of the Hitman series must now wait and see if anyone will come to IO Interactive's rescue. 

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    May 11, 2017 1:10 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Square Enix Cuts Ties With Hitman Developer IO Interactive

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      May 11, 2017 1:15 AM

      Uh oh that sounds bad, but not sure for who?

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        May 11, 2017 3:25 AM

        Definitely for Square. IO makes great stuff; bunch of publishers are probably knocking at their door.

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      May 11, 2017 1:41 AM

      seriously Hitman was one of the best surprises of last year. I thought they were full speed ahead with Season 2 :(

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      May 11, 2017 1:53 AM

      This is super sad. Really fun seeing all the continuing DLC on that one.

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      May 11, 2017 2:36 AM

      On the possible plus side - IO are clearly a super competent team and now they won't be shackled to just creating endless Hitman games. A new IP from them could be great!

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      May 11, 2017 3:47 AM

      FF 15 didn't sell the 12 billion copies​ they were expecting? Like how they expected the Tomb Raider reboot to sell insane amounts.

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      May 11, 2017 4:30 AM

      NOOOOO BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR HITMAN SEASON 2?!? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SEASON 2 OF THE BEST HITMAN EVER???????????

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        May 11, 2017 4:40 AM

        FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS FOR HITMAN SEASON TWO?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!

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          May 11, 2017 6:56 AM

          Only one mission, Agent 47 is called in to kill off the Hitman series

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      May 11, 2017 4:36 AM

      Seems like another case of Square blaming a non Japanese developer for the disappointments of their Japanese brands.

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        May 11, 2017 6:47 AM

        The gossip is its more like IO Interactive did not want to be forced to make a Marvel game and they were planning their exit strategy from S-E for awhile.

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      May 11, 2017 8:49 AM

      Somewhere I can hear Dave Lang weaping. Softly.