Hitman Studio IO Interactive Axes Half Its Staff

The makers of the Hitman series, IO Interactive, has axed half its staff. The change has also culminated in the promotion of Hannes Seifert, formerly Production Director for 3 years at the studio, to the position of Studio Head.

According to a press release by the company, the change is due to a realigning of the business “against a changing and challenging market” with a redoubled focus on the future of the Hitman franchise apart from anything else the studio had going on. Equally crucial is the announcement that the studio is currently working on a new Hitman title, which is classed as an “AAA” project.

The press release goes on to state that they 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.”

We will post updates on the situation as it develops.

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2 Comments on Hitman Studio IO Interactive Axes Half Its Staff

R.J.

On June 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

If I remember correctly, Square Enix was disappointed with the sales of the last game, but it was also lumped in with Tomb Raider, so I’m not sure if this legitimately sold poorly or they expected way too much.

SupremeAllah

On June 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Hopefully the people fired were those who wrote the story for Absolution. Way to ruin the series with one game.