The game forge Square Enix has separated itself from the development studio IO Interactive for the Stealth action series Hitman. This was announced by the Japanese company in the course of the latest quarterly report.
The step is justified by the fact that in this way “one wants to maximize the satisfaction of the players as well as the market potential”. Square Enix wants to “focus resources on core brands and studios”. The separation took place officially on March 31, 2017 and amounts to 4.888 billion yen (nearly 40 million euro) for Square Enix. Since the acquisition of Eidos in 2009, the Danish developer studio, both for the Hitman series and Kane & Lynch, has been wholly owned by the Japanese game company.
How it goes with IO Interactive and the games of the studio, is for the time being uncertain. First, Square Enix is looking for a buyer or investor for the ex-subsidiary. However, “ongoing negotiations”, the positive course of which can not be guaranteed.
Via Twitter, IO Interactive confirmed at least that the work on games will continue. The developer wants to comment on the latest events at a later date.