A little less than a month ago the future of the Hitman franchise was thrown into question when Square Enix announced that it would be selling the studio that created the franchise, IO Interactive.
In the company’s financial report, President Yosuke Matsuda stated, “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.” This would allow the publisher to continue to create Hitman games without the studio that brought it into the world.
This is yet another episode in the tumultuous month that IO Interactive has had, just recently announcing that the developer would be carrying out a series of layoffs. Fans of the franchise will now have to wait and see if and when the series will be picked up by another developer.
Hitman is a widely popular franchise that has sold well during its lifetime so it would be a shame to see the series go out like this, especially after the somewhat unexpected positive reviews from its 2016 release. Here’s hoping that the franchise is given a faithful continuation from a new home.