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I've been excited about most of the other ones, especially inXile and Obsidian. This gets a meh though.



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fatslob-:O said:

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 ... 

 

And yet you suggest that that the thought of an acquisition didn't cross the minds of IO's management.

Their thoughts regarding the importance of studio independence aren't any clearer or better known, are they?

 



That would be a great pick up from MS if true. I played Hitman for the first time about 3 months back on GamePass. A fun and unique experience from anything else that is on Xbox or PS. IO is a very talented developer and if they couldn't get the license for Hitman, they could always work on a new IP or something like Perfect Dark.



I wish the big three would just open new studios instead of buying developers and dividing the fanbase... the only time I think it works out is if it's a second party developer that has mainly made exclusives, such as if Sony were to buy Insomniac.

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Bristow9091 said:
I wish the big three would just open new studios instead of buying developers and dividing the fanbse... the only time I think it works out is if it's a second party developer that has mainly made exclusives, such as if Sony were to buy Insomniac.

Well undead labs/Playground were second party =p.   But even with new studios they attract people from other studios:

Drew Murray (Sunset Overdrive's game director) is coming out of retirement

Moments away from starting my new job at The Initiative!

 






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Imho Warner Brothers or 505 Games will publish their titles for the time being, now if Hitman 3 were to sell poorly, then I'd expect them to approach Microsoft, but I think they'll give it one more try before going under another corporation umbrella

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COKTOE said:

Now THIS ONE really pisses me off. I was day dreaming about Hitman 2 the last couple of days. Really enjoying it, but didn't have the chance to play it. Now I kinda want to eject the disk and soak it in bleach. The very idea.....I nominated IO for the developer tournament! I'm just going to assume this is happening, and that IO, who I have likely referenced as my favorite developer of all time more than any other ( it fluctuates a bit ), is now lost to me forever. Great way to start the day. #eatshit #hashtag #poundsign

There's this thing called an Xbox, it only costs about $200 if you wait 3 or 4 years into a generation to buy it. There's also this thing called a PC, you might already have one in your house. xD



They would be a good choice to revive Perfect Dark as an action-adventure stealth series like MS said they might do, assuming some other studio isn't already working on it.



Bristow9091 said:
I wish the big three would just open new studios instead of buying developers and dividing the fanbse... the only time I think it works out is if it's a second party developer that has mainly made exclusives, such as if Sony were to buy Insomniac.

You can't just open a new studio, aqcuire all the devs that currently don't have a job (likely the bottom of the barrel) and expect that they'll make a decent game. You need experienced personnel for that.
You will always "steal" employees from other studios that way to fill your dev team. So there's no difference between buying a whole studio or acquiring a couple of employees from a dozen of other studios each. Obviously it makes more sense to buy an already winning team.

It's the same reason why we shouldn't care that once famous developer studios close down. It just doesn't matter as these employees will get picked up by other studios and improve their games.



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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.

Square owns the IP itself, IO just have the liscense to do whatever they want with it. And Im like 90% sure their would be some clause about not keeping the IP if they get acquired.



Bet with Intrinsic:

The Switch will outsell 3DS (based on VGchartz numbers), according to me, while Intrinsic thinks the opposite will hold true. One month avatar control for the loser's avatar.