Hearing such a response from a major company’s CEO is not a regular event, but it shows that the bigwigs have hearts too.
Earlier this year, it was a shocking announcement when Square Enix openly stated they are getting rid of IO Interactive, who became an independent team that’s officially working on the sequel at the moment, as they managed to keep the rights to Agent 47. How did this scenario happen? Yosuke Matsuda, the CEO of Square Enix, revealed it in his interview with GamesIndustry.
„Whether it’s our Western studios or Japanese studios, at Square Enix we sometimes end up with conflicts or shortages regarding resources. I felt that if we were not able to continue sufficiently investing in Hitman, it could wind up ruining the game – so we found ourselves in a difficult position. I believe it wouldn’t be Hitman unless it was Hitman made by IO. I love the game, and I believe the fans of Hitman think it’s only Hitman if IO makes it,” he said.
We can believe him – look how much fun he seemed to have at E3 2016!