Hakan Abrak, co-owner and CEO of IO Interactive, has confirmed that the studio has received multiple “attractive” acquisition offers since splitting from Square Enix. According to Abrak all of the acquisition offers would have made things easier but they wanted to try and remain independent. Abrak also revealed that one of the parties that tried to acquire the studio wanted to make Hitman (2016) a free-to-play game but the management team at IO Interactive didn’t believe that it suited the game.

Abrak also revealed how IO Interactive became an independent studio. In June 2017 Io Interactive negotiated an MBO (management buyout) and the process was complete about 15 months after the release of Hitman (2016). IO Interactive had about three months of cash flow to keep the studio running. Abrak also confirmed that Hitman (2016) took 4 years to recoup its costs whilst Hitman 2 recouped its costs far quicker and Hitman 3 recouped its costs within its first week of release.

IO Interactive’s latest game, Hitman 3, is available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series and Stadia. IO Interactive have also confirmed that Hitman 3 will not be the last game in the franchise.

Details via IO Interactive:

HITMAN 3 is the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy

Death Awaits

Agent 47 returns as a ruthless professional in HITMAN 3 for the most important contracts of his entire career. Embark on an intimate journey of darkness and hope in the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy. Death awaits.

Play Your Way

Experience a globetrotting adventure and visit exotic locations that are meticulously detailed and packed full of creative opportunities. IOI’s award-winning Glacier technology powers HITMAN 3’s tactile and immersive game world to offer unparalleled player choice and replayability.

A World of Assassination

HITMAN 3 is the best place to play every game in the World of Assassination trilogy. All locations from HITMAN 1 and HITMAN 2 can be imported and played within HITMAN 3 at no additional cost for existing owners – plus progression from HITMAN 2 is directly carried over into HITMAN 3 at launch.

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