Why? Cause sales-wise it didn't make much sense i guess. I mean we still have no numbers but I think the sales for HITMAN were a bit disappointing.
Now here's the thing... I didn't like the episodic release model at the beginning. Really didn't. But after Sapienza i learned to appreciate it. You just get more out of every single mission. You spend much more time with every mission. Without the episodic format I probably would have stopped playing the game in mid 2016. But I am (like most of us here) a big Hitman fan. I guess the majority in here bought the "full experience" at the beginning. But the gamer who just played 1 or 2 Hitman titles before or is even new to the franchise was definitely not very interested in paying 60 bucks, without knowing if he/she will like the rest. Sure, that's what the "intro pack" was for. But that's the same issue, just smaller imo. 15$ for a demo basically is still too much.
The idea of the original release model wasn't that bad and would have been better imo. Maybe with a little difference. Offering the first 3 episodes (plus training) on a disc for 30$ for example and then continue with the episodic download model. Or keeping it "old school" and release the game finished on a disc with all 6 episodes. Again... without a doubt, the episodic release has its pros, especially when you're a long-time Hitman fan. But you have to like the game (or at least the franchise) and learn to appreciate the episodic model first. And that's what many gamers were just not able to do imo. So sales-wise i still think a finished 60$ disc version would have been better for IO and Square.
About season 2: It's good to hear from Travis that the team is still working. Hard times for everyone involved in this sh*t right now! All the best to the IOI team! I'm optimistic that you guys will find a new publisher soon! Season 2 will happen, no doubt about that!