The separation of Square Enix and Hitman developer IO Interactive is still sending shockwaves through the gaming world. The break-up from earlier this month came as a surprise to many after the most recent entry in the Hitman series performed very well both financially and critically. Those who played it regard the game highly as a new standard for how to approach episodic gaming.
Despite the sale of the studio, however, Square Enix wants to see the series continue. In fact, it is currently working to ensure that both IO Interactive and the series itself find a comfortable new home, as stated in a recent financial report.
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.
The financial report does not clearly state if Square Enix plans to continue the series on its own or send it shipping with IO Interactive into the arms of a new publisher.
Hitman will always find a way to continue
Under Square Enix, IO Interactive developed both Hitman: Absolution and the most recent Hitman game from 2016 to positive praise. The series still obviously has plenty of legs behind it, and its large following will follow to whichever publisher manages to scoop it up.
Hitman also comes with the additional advantage of Hollywood presence to it, and while the series has never excelled on the level of Resident Evil, an audience beyond the reach of video games is nothing to scoff at.