Hitman Developers Lay Off Half Their Staff, Future Projects Cancelled
IO Interactive, the people behind the incredible Hitman franchise and the not so incredible Kane and Lynch series, have cut half their staff and cancelled multiple projects in an attempt to restructure the company. The developers are making “significant changes” to their business strategy under new studio boss, Hannes Seifert.
According to a release by a Square Enix representative, IO will now focus on creating another core AAA Hitman game going forward, with no word on what these cancelled projects could have been.
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“We are making significant changes at IO Interactive as we align our business against a changing and challenging market.”
“The studio will focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise and is in pre-production on a new AAA 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.”
Square Enix have also sent out words of thanks to all the developers affected for all their dedicated work over the years. The publishers has also vowed to try and retain some of the developers let go, shifting them into other studios and more internal jobs at Square Enix.
It’s always sad too see, but it’s becoming less and less surprising to see this happen to top development studios.