has a statement from IO Interactive
saying that the developer
is in pre-production on a new triple-A Hitman
game, which is their sole
focus after they have laid off almost half their staff and cancelled other
studio projects, saying this "difficult decision" was made to help "face the
challenges of today's market." Here's the bad news:
We are making
significant changes at IO Interactive as we align our business against a
changing and challenging market.
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 todayís market.
For those affected, we are extremely grateful for the hard work which they have
contributed, and where itís 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.
Meanwhile, if you are part of a company that is looking for additional
development talent, please contact us directly at