IO Interactive, the team behind last year’s Hitman Absolution has laid off half of its workforce.
The Hitman developer is “making significant changes at IO Interactive as we align our business against a changing and challenging market,” a statement sent to Develop reads. In the wake of the changes, Hannes Seifert, the former production director will take over as head of studio for IO Interactive. The press release further explains IO will focus solely on developing further Hitman games and confirms a new title is in pre-production.
The statement also explains as a result of the layoffs and realigning, IO has “taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at IO and reduce the workforce in this studios, which will impact almost half of the employee’s currently at IO, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today’s markets.
The statement concludes with: ”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.”
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