Square Enix Let Hitman Devs retain IP for good reasons
Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda currently made clear why it permitted IO Interactive to keep the Hitman IP at the time the two separated ways former this year, highlighting the intrinsic tie between the studio and its stealth-action franchise.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, Matsuda stated "It's because I believe it wouldn't be Hitman unless it was Hitman made by IO", furthermore he stated that he believes fans of the series holds similar opinion.
Further he stated “I believe the fans of Hitman think it's only Hitman if it's made by IO. So I thought that was the best way for the game to continue, and that's why we were supportive of the [management buyout] and of course didn't mind if they continued to use the IP".
At the time of Square Enix parting ways with IO former this year, the Hitman developer went independent and earned the absolute rights to the stealth-action IP. Although the studio presently has absolute ownership of the Hitman franchise, it lost the authority to make Kane & Lynch sequels.
The developer is presently concentrating on the Hitman franchise, with a fresh entry in the series officially in the works. Moreover, a Game of the Year Edition of 2016's Hitman is presently accessible, and Elusive Targets are back for a stipulated period.