Since the announcement in #gaming #2017, Io-Interactive is now an independent studio. While this is the same Studio that just brought us #Hitman for Linux, well along with Feral Interactive of course. The announcement on Twitter is backed by the formal statement below. And yes, we have included the full statement so we all know the news.
Since this is a significant step forward, the studio continues to make a difference in gaming. Which now allows Io-Interactive full control and hopefully AAA native Linux support going forward.
We're now officially an independent studio & we have complete control of the Hitman IP!
— IO Interactive (@IOInteractive) June 16, 2017
We’re very excited to share this message from the Io-Interactive CEO, Hakan Abrak:
In its 19 years of history, Io-Interactive has brought you original and exciting entertainment; from Mini Ninjas and Freedom Fighters to gaming’s most notorious criminals Kane & Lynch and of course our beloved Agent 47. With our latest game, we have not only transformed Hitman. But also moved our entire studio into the AAA digital era. Our live product has disrupted the video game business and has received recognition. And praise from press, community and our fans.
There are many tales of hope, dreams, hardship and joy within these walls. We have never strived for the expected or predictable. Instead, we are always in pursuit for what feels original and real. Our passion and determination has never been greater. So that is why we have decided it is not the time to stop. As we have many more exciting and original tales to tell.
Therefore I am proud to announce today that IOI is now officially an independent studio. We have successfully concluded our negotiations with Square Enix and have agreed to a management buyout. Crucially, we will keep all of the rights to the Hitman IP.
This is a watershed moment for IOI. As of today, we have complete control over the direction for our studio and the Hitman IP. So we’re about to forge our own future and it’s incredibly exciting. We are now open to opportunities with future collaborators and partners to help strengthen us as a studio. And ensure that we can produce the best games possible for our community.
I would like to say a big and sincere thank you to all of our players, community, friends in the media and everyone else connected to the studio for the messages of support that we have received in the last few weeks. I would also like to thank Square Enix; it has been a great family to be a part of and we are proud of what we have achieved together in the last eight years. IOI started as an independent studio and we will now return to those roots with an extremely passionate and talented team.
We are counting on the continued support of all our players; simply by having fun with everything we’ve released so far for HITMAN – and we want to encourage more of you to try our game. We have more details to come on our plans for that next week.
So there you have the full announcement. While you can read and see the powerful points the studio’s statement. We are eager to see where gaming will evolve now that we have this change in 2017. Since the studio will now have greater control for AAA native Linux builds in the future.