After yesterday’s painful news that Hitman’s publishers Square Enix were selling off the series’ developers, Io Interactive, it seems there may - just may - be a future for Agent 47.
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German site Gamestar.de report that the rights to Hitman will remain with Io Interactive and not Square Enix. That’s unusual in any developer-publisher relationship, let alone one in which the developer is a wholly-owned subsidiary, as Io is to Square.
But Gamestar cite “reliable circles” (according to Google Translate), who have assured them that Io will retain the rights, and are now looking for a new investor. Better yet, season two of last year’s Hitman reboot is “definitely” on the way - Io have been hard at work on it and are apparently halfway done.
To be clear, this is unconfirmed, so do treat it with some caution (or pinches of salt, if you think that would help). Gamestar are a reputable site, though, and are confident enough to predict that Io will make an official statement next week. It's also worth noting that leaving the Hitman rights with Io makes the studio more valuable, thus enabling Square Enix to sell it for a higher price.
We'll let you know if and when Io say more. If you missed yesterday's news, let us catch you up on all the drama.