Warner Bros. Games official website has leaked the existence of Hitman 2. WB Games recently picked up publishing duties for the Complete Edition of Hitman: Season One, but it now appears as if they’re going to be handling a sequel too.
Hitman developer IO Interactive was taken under the wing of Square Enix back in 2009 following the publisher’s purchase of Eidos Interactive. This was around the time of Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas, so dark days for IO, but the studio subsequently released the controversial Hitman: Absolution before hitting back with the absolutely sublime Hitman: Season One.
Despite Hitman’s critical acclaim, it appears this didn’t bleed through to financial success. In May 2017, Square Enix began negotiating with potential investors, looking to sell the studio. In June 2017, IO Interactive performed a management buyout, becoming independent of Square Enix. The studio retained the rights to the Hitman series.
Fast forward to today, and it looks as if WB Games smelled an opportunity. Hitman: Season 2 was evidently already deep into development, and now the publisher will be overseeing Hitman 2. Judging from the name and the leaked logo, it appears there is a possibility that IO Interactive is opting not to go the episodic approach this time around, despite how well it worked with Season One. You can’t teach an old audience new tricks, it turns out. That’s totally conjecture based on the naming conventions though, and there is every chance IO Interactive could stick with the formula for the sequel.
Following the, er, leak, the Hitman Twitter account buzzed into life, telling fans there’s a “Target Incoming”. WB Games also said “Let the countdown begin”, confirming there will be a live reveal of something this coming Thursday, June 7th, at 10am PST.
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