IO Interactive Downsizes, Will Now Only Make Hitman Games
Written Monday, June 17, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Square Enix has laid off almost half of the staff at IO Interactive.
The Denmark-based studio is perhaps best known for the Hitman series, but has also developed titles like Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas.
Now, however, IO Interactive will only make Hitman games. The studio has cancelled all its other projects and is focusing on the development of the next Hitman game, which is currently in pre-production.
“We are making significant changes at IO Interactive as we align our business against a changing and challenging market," read a statement.
"Hannes Seifert, formerly Production Director for 3 years at the studio, will take over the position of Studio Head at IO. The studio will focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise and is in pre-production on a new triple-A Hitman project.
"However we have taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at IO and reduce the workforce in this studio, which will impact almost half of the employees currently at IO, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today’s market.
"For those affected, we are extremely grateful for the hard work which they have contributed, and where it’s possible and appropriate to relocate staff to open positions at other studios within the group, we will try to do so. We are also reaching out to other companies for outplacement opportunities. We sincerely wish them well in their future careers.”
Best of luck to all those affected.