IO Interactive made record-breaking for itself this year with the success of Hitman 3. A recently released yearly fiscal report for 2020 to 2021 states that they made a profit of $42 million USD. Company revenue also increased 136%, from last year’s $33 million to $78 million. The success is largely attributed to Hitman 3, which broke the series sales record with an astounding digital release this year.
Hitman 3 became an internet darling for a while after release. Tons of funny clips and speed runs have been made in the wake of its success. Despite the bugs its had over the release as well as the server issues at launch, Hitman 3 is an absolutely good time for those who are meticulous and stealthy as well as those who love shenanigans and tomfoolery alike.
News of Hitman 3’s success comes as a pleasant surprise since the fate of IO Interactive was uncertain after Square Enix parted ways with them back in 2017. And the year after that, with the help of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment as a publisher, Hitman 2 was released with good to middling reviews.
Flash forward to June of 2020, IO Interactive announced that Hitman 3 would be the last installment for the World of Assassination trilogy. It was released in January of 2021, with IO Interactive self-publishing. After its release, IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak said in an interview with GamesIndustry.Biz confirmed Hitman 3 did record-breaking success doing “300% better commercially” than Hitman 2.
IO Interactive is currently working on Project 007, an original James Bond video game they announced last November. We hope there are plenty of spy gadgets and fancy spy cars to play with on current gen consoles when it does release. There are also some talks of a third IO Interactive universe in the form of “Project Dragon,” a fantasy themed game.
Hitman 3 launched on January 20, 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and is available for purchase at the Microsoft Store.