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Update: Square Enix has provided a statement on the IO Interactive layoffs to Game Informer.
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 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.
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.
Meanwhile, if you are part of a company that is looking for additional development talent, please contact us directly at email@example.com
According to reports, Square Enix has taken another step to bring its financial house in order. Develop states that today sees layoffs of approximately half the staff at Hitman studio IO Interactive.
A statement from the publisher indicates that three-year veteran production director Hannes Seifert will take over the reigns. The developer is currently working exclusively on a new, AAA Hitman title, with other projects put aside.
In addition to Agent 47's adventures, IO Interactive was responsible for Freedom Fighters and the Kane and Lynch games. Hitman: Absolution, the latest title in the series, was one of three games from last year that failed to live up to the publisher's lofty sales expectations.
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This is sad. Absolution was my favorite game at the time....
Good luck to all those affected.
Well one day Squenix won't have any Westerners left to blame. Maybe then they'll understand the problem lies in Japan, at the top, and not with their developers.
That's sad but atleast they're offering to relocate staff to other projects where possible
Well thats a shame,Terrible to hear so many people lost there jobs,I hope they find work in other placements.
Man this sucks for the developers since they really did a good job with Absolution.
Maybe Square will now actually budget and market correctly so they won't have to sell an unreasonable amount of copies to make the game profitable.
i would pay some serious dough for a freedom fighters sequel. one of the best games of last gen
Super sad anytime this happens
Freedom Fighters was a great game I wish they would of taken a break from the Hitman franchise and try to make more fps like that
Square, for the love of God, get your head out of your ass. So many awful business decisions of late.
dang, thats bad.
Corporations only care about making more and more money. They really don't care about people. F them.
Hopefully the next Hitman game will be an improvement over last years - I was really disappointed. Guess that's what happens when nostalgia goggles meets hype.