Hitman Developer IO Interactive is now facing a huge staff reduction of close to half of the current team in order to focus on the Hitman series. Square Enix spoke to GamesIndustry International telling them that all other projects have been scrapped in order to begin work on the next Hitman game. Also in the staff reshuffle, production direction Hannes Seifert has now been named studio head.
“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.”
It is unfortunate any time a studio has to let go of it’s workers but one thing that is great about the gaming community and industry is that other studios are always willing to re-hire those that were fired. Square Enix even addressed this slightly saying “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 with in 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. If you are part of a company that is looking for additional development talent, please contact us direction at email@example.com”
So sad news for IO, but with hopefully a silver lining. Here’s hoping all those affected find themselves with a new job soon, and good luck from everyone at OnlySP!
(Source: Gamesindustry biz article)