NEWS - Monday, June 17, 2013


Square Enix lays off half of IO Interactive

Hitman: Absolution developer IO Interactive has suffered layoffs, as publisher Square Enix reshapes the studio to focus squarely on Hitman projects. The studio has lost almost half of its employees in what Square calls "significant changes" to its business structure.

“We are making significant changes at IO Interactive as we align our business against a changing and challenging market," read a statement from Square given to Develop. "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 triple-A Hitman project."

The layoffs come as a result of cancelling other unnamed studio projects, making a next-gen Mini Ninjas seem all the more unlikely. The statement says they are "extremely grateful for the hard work" of the staff, and will attempt to relocate staff to open positions at other studios. It has also reached out to other companies for outplacement, and is welcoming direct contact from other companies looking for developers.

Leaning hard into the Hitman franchise seems like an odd choice, given that by Square’s own admission it fell short of forecasts and needed to sell a third more. The next game in the franchise will come from Eidos Montreal.


Source: http://www.shacknews.com

Comments

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 44,546
Forum Posts: 725,778
Xbox One Titles: 1,215
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,085
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 585
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 1,689
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 14,361
Screenshots: 31,114
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News








See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Xbox One S Jojeux Anniversaire
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 80 Views

Xbox One X Steelbook
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 107 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada April 2018 Schedule
Post by Kiesey
3 Replies, 292 Views

Xbox One X World of tanks
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 587 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - March 2018 Schedule
Post by Kiesey
7 Replies, 737 Views

Any info on Biomutant release?
Post by DJ tx
4 Replies, 685 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - February Playdates Schedule
Post by Kiesey
8 Replies, 920 Views

Xbox Prototype Communicator
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1132 Views

Xbox One S Dragon Ball Fighterz
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 777 Views

Xbox One S Theme Hockey
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 642 Views

New Fable is coming!
Post by Shadow20002
2 Replies, 931 Views

RPG Recommendation?
Post by DJ tx
8 Replies, 1010 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada - January 2018 Schedule
Post by Kiesey
5 Replies, 1124 Views

Xbox 360 Summer Intern Celebration 2011
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1306 Views

Xbox One X LA noire
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1646 Views

© 2000-2018 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics