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IO Interactive Lays Off 30; Rumored to be Due to Canceled Microsoft Project

by Brian Leahy, Nov 01, 2010 3:40pm PDT

Additional layoffs are being reported from Kane & Lynch and Hitman developer IO Interactive to the tune of 30 employees, reports Computerworld (via IGN).

"I can confirm that we have made some internal changes at IO Interactive which has regrettably resulted in the loss of some jobs," a Square Enix representative told Shacknews. "This is a natural part of any studio's existence when you ramp-up and ramp-down on projects to ensure you have the right level of resource and expertise within the studio. We genuinely wish those who have been affected by this, the best of luck for the future."

Computerworld is reporting that the layoffs are the result of a canceled project with Microsoft. A new Hitman game was confirmed to be in development along with the then unreleased Kane & Lynch 2 back in May 2009.

The Square Enix-owned studio let go around 35 employees at the end of March, prior to Kane & Lynch 2's August release.

Square Enix did not respond to the report of a project cancellation or the status of the Hitman game. We'll update you if we hear any additional details.





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  • "This is a natural part of any studio's existence when you ramp-up and ramp-down on projects to ensure you have the right level of resource and expertise within the studio. We genuinely wish those who have been affected by this, the best of luck for the future."

    BLizzard doesn't have to do this , they skill up those that come , instead of replacing everybody like EA does every single project.

    No it's not , it's not natural , it's how other studios operate , most of them sell them self out , because they DONT have a freaking IDEA.

    Blizzard / Ensemble(RIP) / IDsoftware / Westwood(RIP) / Valve / Nintendo --- only these have/had actual brains.

    Blizzard is not privately owned , it's a legendary achievement in the business department that morhaime has achieved , keeping it as spiritful as it was , as original as it was , as strong as it was ,no matter who owns it, truly marbless.

    Blizzard is the part of activision blizzard , so they at some point have to listen to those investors or directors , for example monetization of services like realm transfer / rename /..etc is really pain in the butt and it's a result of the merger probably , plus bobby kotick publicly said many times he has plans for blizzard , but of course morhaime disagrees and doesn't support kotick (search the web)
    Then again , activision blizzard is owned by vivendi , that's a french conglomerate of media and puiblic services , so even they can influence blizzard if they want.

    The best management is probably ID software and Blizzard , there is no better management of ANY other gaming company (PC at least , we all know on the other hand that nintendo was and is the champion no matter what market they enter no matter how you look at it , even games for noobs , they work and they are at least finished games , the concoles always worked the best , the best quality of hardware ever , they don't force their head through a wall that's why still no HD support , exactly HD penetration is low , it's competitors are mere copycats without originality/spirit)