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Conina said:

If I remember correctly, the "divorce" was initiated by Square Enix and IO Interactive was searching a buyer at first until they done the management buyout. Perhaps they aren't 100% happy with the current situation where they ain't totally independant anyways (they still need the help of Warner Interactive for publishing) but take most of the risk.

If the offer of Microsoft is good, they'll probably take it and focus on development.

Brian Fargo wasn't a big fan of ubiquitous publishers either in the last decade and was proud of inXile's independence... just look at his Kickstarter promotion videos or FIG. That didn't stop inXile to join Microsft Studios.

As for what happened with inXile and Brian Fargo, that was a decade ago like you pointed out. We don't know exactly what happened over the years that specifically changed his mindset or position on the matter given that views can change especially over such a long time frame ... Pretty sure Warner Bros is only there to handle the distribution just like they did for CD Projekt RED on the Witcher 3 so IO Interactive is practically independent ... 

twintail said:

My understanding is that Hitman 2 is performing badly in sales. Probably they have no choice.

 

Seems like MS is buying a bunch of failing companies (who make good games).

Good for MS and the company. But do they have the management in place for so many teams so quickly?

Well on the bright side if they do acquire IO they can at least keep the series alive and seriously improve the engine technology along with it ... 



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fatslob-:O said:
twintail said:

My understanding is that Hitman 2 is performing badly in sales. Probably they have no choice.

 

Seems like MS is buying a bunch of failing companies (who make good games).

Good for MS and the company. But do they have the management in place for so many teams so quickly?

Well on the bright side if they do acquire IO they can at least keep the series alive and seriously improve the engine technology along with it ... 

IO Interactive don't own the Hitman IP so if Microsoft or another big publisher did buy them they would loose their exclusive rights to it as Square Enix own the Hitman IP. If anyone were to acquire IOI it would be purely on the basis of the development teams quality and efficiency that they can pump out good games.



WoodenPints said:
fatslob-:O said:

Well on the bright side if they do acquire IO they can at least keep the series alive and seriously improve the engine technology along with it ... 

IO Interactive don't own the Hitman IP so if Microsoft or another big publisher did buy them they would loose their exclusive rights to it as Square Enix own the Hitman IP. If anyone were to acquire IOI it would be purely on the basis of the development teams quality and efficiency that they can pump out good games.

"IO Interactive has revealed it has officially gone independent and, better still, will "keep all of the rights to the Hitman IP.""

Hitman 2 already has no involvement with Square. It's published by Warner Bros.



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WoodenPints said:
fatslob-:O said:

Well on the bright side if they do acquire IO they can at least keep the series alive and seriously improve the engine technology along with it ... 

IO Interactive don't own the Hitman IP so if Microsoft or another big publisher did buy them they would loose their exclusive rights to it as Square Enix own the Hitman IP. If anyone were to acquire IOI it would be purely on the basis of the development teams quality and efficiency that they can pump out good games.

Whaaa? Really? That's.....surprising.



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fatslob-:O said:
Conina said:

Brian Fargo wasn't a big fan of ubiquitous publishers either in the last decade and was proud of inXile's independence... just look at his Kickstarter promotion videos or FIG. That didn't stop inXile to join Microsft Studios.

As for what happened with inXile and Brian Fargo, that was a decade ago like you pointed out.

No, it wasn't "a decade ago". It was his opinion all the last ten years and it didn't change a decade ago.

Here is the Kickstarter video from 2015:


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WoodenPints said:
fatslob-:O said:

Well on the bright side if they do acquire IO they can at least keep the series alive and seriously improve the engine technology along with it ... 

IO Interactive don't own the Hitman IP so if Microsoft or another big publisher did buy them they would loose their exclusive rights to it as Square Enix own the Hitman IP. If anyone were to acquire IOI it would be purely on the basis of the development teams quality and efficiency that they can pump out good games.

 

Barkley said:
WoodenPints said:

IO Interactive don't own the Hitman IP so if Microsoft or another big publisher did buy them they would loose their exclusive rights to it as Square Enix own the Hitman IP. If anyone were to acquire IOI it would be purely on the basis of the development teams quality and efficiency that they can pump out good games.

"IO Interactive has revealed it has officially gone independent and, better still, will "keep all of the rights to the Hitman IP.""

Hitman 2 already has no involvement with Square. It's published by Warner Bros.

So which is true? 



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Conina said:

No, it wasn't "a decade ago". It was his opinion all the last ten years and it didn't change a decade ago.

Here is the Kickstarter video from 2015:


View on YouTube

Huh, so how do you suppose what message I am to convey from the video you just posted ? I'm not exactly getting into how the video demonstrates Brian Fargo's value on studio independence or even arguments outlined for it. All I got was "kickstarter was good to avoid other forms of monetization and to sustain the old business model" ... 

I maintain the stance that Brian Fargo's thoughts regarding the importance of studio independence over the years remain unknown ... 

Kerotan said:

So which is true? 

What Barkley said is the truth as Square Enix does not own the IP anymore but as for the previous entries involving Square Enix they still potentially monetize those under possible royalty agreements as they did fund the previous games in the franchise ... 



fatslob-:O said:
Hmm, considering that management pushed to gain the studio's independence last year I doubt that the thought of an acquisition would cross their minds ...

It's a business.  If the offer is good, it doesn't much matter that they prefer being independent.  Businesses are run, in large part, by the numbers (as they should be). 

Certainly, morale is considered when making a deal based on numbers. But, good numbers can do a lot to fix morale, and big enough numbers can push morale down the priority list.