With Square Enix looking to sell IO Interactive and the Hitman series, fans of the games have been bombarding the developer with questions regarding the franchise’s future.
The first step for IO Interactive is dropping the episodic model the company adopted under Square Enix’s umbrella. Currently, players must purchase the Intro Pack, which includes the most recent game’s tutorial and first chapter in order to begin the journey. From there, players can purchase the Upgrade Pack, which is the cheapest way of acquiring the rest of the game’s episodes after the Intro Pack. However, in less than two weeks, IO Interactive will discontinue those packs and sell the game’s entire season together.
In a blog post detailing the changes, the developer said, “these changes have been made since early March and will make it easier and simpler to buy the game, now that all the episodes have been released. Additionally, these changes will help us to lay the foundations for our future plans for HITMAN.”
The most recent entry in the Hitman franchise is an episodic stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is the sixth entry in the Hitman series. The game’s prologue acts as a prequel to Hitman: Codename 47 and the main game takes place six years after Hitman: Absolution.
IO Interactive is a Danish video game developer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The company was acquired by Square Enix (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts) in 2009 after Square Enix also acquired Eidos Interactive, which now operates as Square Enix Europe. IO Interactive was founded in 1990 and is most known for its Hitman series of video games.