As reported this morning, Square-Enix has announced it is in talks to sell IO Interactive, the studio responsible of the well-appreciated series of Hitman.
The business world can be ruthless, including in a festive media like video games, just like a bad news. Indeed, Square Enix took advantage of the announcement of their financial results to reveal the abandonment of IO-Interavtive, the studio behind the license of Hitman. A decision that may be surprising given the very good quality of the last section.
Apparently, the Japanese company was not satisfied with the sales data recorded since the last iteration of the dedicated seriesof Agent 47, and has thus decided to close a financial gap of 5 billion yen through the sale of the software company.
In the last hours, therefore comes the first comment from IO Interactive, who spoke on Twitter thanking the fans for all the loving messages it is receiving. “Thanks for the support,” can be read from the tweet of the studio. “There’s a lot going on right now and we’ll have more to say at a later point. For now, back to making games.”
The future of the Danish studio and the saga of Hitman continues to look very uncertain. Square-Enix, for its part, assured that it will seek to please investors, owners and employees of IO Interactive.
@VG_Dave Thanks for the support, Dave. There’s a lot going on right now and we’ll have more to say at a later point. For now, back to making games.
— Io-Interactive (@IOInteractive) May 11, 2017