Leading video game publisher, Square Enix, has announced its plans to sell creator and developer of the Hitman series, IO Interactive. Announced as a part of the company's financial results, this puts the future of both the studio and series in jeopardy.
Initially revealed to investors after booking an "extraordinary loss" of 4,898 million yen (approximately 42.8 million USD) last financial year, Square Enix attributed this loss to parting ways with the developer.
This comes as somewhat of a surprise, following the recent successes made in the Hitman franchise. Last year's move to an episodic model made for one of the best Hitman games to date, with a strong flow of content and limited time events in the months that followed. IO Interactive has even confirmed a follow-up is currently in the pipeline, in response to the positive reception of the first season of Hitman content.
For now, the future of the Hitman series is somewhat undecided. Square Enix first jumped onto the Hitman series in 2009, following the takeover of series' previous publisher, Eidos Interactive. The publisher has announced it's currently seeking companies willing to invest in the franchise going forward but has no announcements to make at this time. We'll make sure to update this article if the story progresses in the coming days.
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