Tagged: IO Interactive

Following on from the announcement of plans for the sale of IO Interactive by Square Enix, today IO Interactive have confirmed that layoffs will be taking place at the studio: https://twitter.com/IOInteractive/status/866997673412501506 The positive side of the Tweet is that it does refer to "future adventures". Square Enix previously mentioned that they were searching for investors in the studio - so it is possible that this search is ongoing. Up until the announcement a few weeks ago, IO were thought to be developing a second season of their episodic Hitman game. This most recent news leaves the franchise in limbo, with no-one certain ... Read More »
In a note to investors, Square Enix has warned of a £33m extraordinary loss in its results for year ending 31st March 2017. With the losses suffered, the sale of developer IO Interactive is now becoming a result. The first season of the Danish developer's most recent game, Hitman, was originally sold as an episodic title before being bundled on disc. IO have continued to support the game, and an imminent second season was widely anticipated. Unfortunately, it appears that sales of Hitman may have been insufficient in the eyes of Square Enix - who recently retired the Deus Ex franchise following ... Read More »
Earlier this month we told you about Hitman's January release schedule. On January 31st the third bonus mission, Landslide, is set to be released. This mission will take you back to the Sapienza map but there has been a few changes since the last time you were here. This time around there is a music festival called Festival del Paese and it is here that you will find your target. Your target this time around is a politician called Marco Abbiati and he will be attending the festival so this is your one chance to take him out. To show ... Read More »
Hitman was one of the surprise hits of 2016 and now that the first series is complete what's left for the series in 2017? For most of the year we don't have a clue but there could well be a second season in the works. But today we have at least found out what we can expect for January. January is a HUGE month for us! HITMAN - The Complete First Season releases on a disc, plus ALL of this is coming your way. Happy 2017! pic.twitter.com/NtRxXa5NsD — HITMAN (@Hitman) January 5, 2017 From January 2nd- 8th a new escalation ... Read More »
Sometimes a developer has to be prepared to take a risk to revive a flagging franchise. That is exactly what IO Interactive did with the Hitman Franchise. This years trip into the shoes of Agent 47 was made into an episodic one and that was certainly a risk for the developer, but it was a risk that certainly paid off. Fresh life most certainly has been breathed into the Hitman series. Following on from the success of the first season the developer have confirmed in an interview that a second season is currently been worked on. Details are a little ... Read More »
For all you assassins out there today is a day to rejoice. The latest Episode in IO Interactive's episodic Hitman series, Episode 5: Colorado, has been released and it looks to be as dark and sophisticated, if maybe a little more rural, as any episode to date. Set in the farmland setting of Colorado, Hitman- Episode 5: Colorado sees Agent 47 completing an infiltration mission at the training camp of a private militia and it is set to be his toughest challenge yet. This time you will have to take out four separate targets, Sean Rose, Maya Parvati, Ezra Berg ... Read More »
This years reinvigoration of the Hitman franchise has been a resounding success. The new episodic style was a risk but one that has proven very popular with fans. This is the sandbox Hitman game that people have been asking for. Here you can truly become Agent 47. Even before the end of the first season fans have been asking if and when there will be anymore seasons. One fan took to Twitter to ask and Agent 47 (or one of his elusive representatives) replied. @bergf89 Of course, our plan is to have three seasons. Although Season Two hasn't been confirmed ... Read More »
Playing as an assassin is a dime a dozen these days; everyone wants to play as a hired killer with only the next target on your agenda. But let's be honest; nobody is as badass or as graceful a killing machine as the original assassin himself, Agent 47. This Hitman - a reboot of sorts for the franchise - starts off at the beginning of Agent 47's career where he first meets his long time handler Diana, and starts on his path as the number one gun for hire. This feels like the right move for the next chapter in Hitman; with the franchise ... Read More »
Much was made about Hitman before it released in March after being delayed from December. Nearly everyone despaired when it was announced that the game would be an episodic affair and so far the running hasn't been so smooth. IO Interactive plans to release an episode a month and it will just about make that deadline by the next episode with a 26th April release date and set in Sapienza. Hitman's first episode in an open world Paris received an excellent 9 out of 10 from us here. Now we're looking forward to episode 2, after seeing these brand new screenshots ... Read More »

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