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Square selling off Hitman developer

Post by outdated_gamer » Thu May 11, 2017 8:20 pm

News for fans of, or those who like, the Hitman franchise - Square Enix is selling off the Hitman developer, IO Interactive:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017- ... n-in-doubt

Agent 47 is one of the cooler video game anti-heros, a contractor assassin human clone in a corrupt world, but the games are also some of the best stealthy shooters around, especially part 2 and Blood Money. Absolution was a bit of a miss-step with it's overt focus on cinematics and linear, "shoot em all" gameplay, but the newest episodic Hitman is pretty good and more of a throwback to the older games. The future of the Hitman franchise as such is at question, but I would not write off a potential successor in spirit, given that the IO employees form some new group and try crowd sourcing (as many veteran devs already did). The question is only if the "AAA" space will eventually be filled just with "big" franchises, giving way for all lesser appreciated (although Hitman has quite a fan following) franchises for indie devs to cover with their substitutes or take-ons.

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Re: Square selling off Hitman developer

Post by outdated_gamer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:46 pm

And they're indie now:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/3001 ... nchise.php

They kept the Hitman brand too so we can expect more new Hitman goodness from them.

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Re: Square selling off Hitman developer

Post by outdated_gamer » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:34 pm

First part of the new game will be made free to play:

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/you-c ... 0-6451054/

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Re: Square selling off Hitman developer

Post by Bluce_Ree » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:11 pm

Hitman is whatever. What I want is a remake of Freedom Fighters.

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Re: Square selling off Hitman developer

Post by mechampyouchump » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:42 pm

I have the most recent Hitman game and it's very well done. However, and this is the sense I get with most games these days, there is just something missing that you can't quite put your finger on.

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Re: Square selling off Hitman developer

Post by DPrinny » Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:47 am

Cant mention Hitman without thinking about the live action version (not the film)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRKfW841EUE

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