Layoffs Hit Hitman Developer IO Interactive

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As is becoming too common, layoffs have hit another development studio. This time, it's IO Interactive, the group behind the Hitman series and the upcoming Kane & Lynch 2.

Square Enix, which purchased IO Interactive last February, has confirmed the cuts to Joystiq. Reports put the number of employees let go at 35 from a group of around 200.

The general manager of IO Interactive, Niels Jorgensen, has released the following statement:

Every studio has to take decisions to ensure it is operating effectively as projects start up and ramp down. IO Interactive has assessed the internal and external resources needed to support its pipeline and this has led to organizational changes which will include the loss of some roles at the studio. We believe that this decision will make IO continue to deliver great games and add momentum to our operations. We would like to thank all employees affected for their contribution and efforts and wish them well in their future careers.

The studios next title, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, will be released in the United States on August 24 (Europe: 27th) for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

From The Chatty

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    March 30, 2010 8:15 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Hitman is one of my FAVORITE, single player series.

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      March 31, 2010 11:32 AM

      I really liked the first few, but Blood Money just made me barf.

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        April 1, 2010 11:55 AM

        thats a shame considering its problably the best in the series...

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          April 4, 2010 10:27 AM

          Really?

          I just didn't like how consolized it felt.

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            April 4, 2010 10:28 AM

            But to be honest, I never made it past the tutorial level. It turned me off that much.

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              April 14, 2010 9:18 AM

              i know this is late but the tutorial level was AWFUL nothing like the rest of the game.

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                April 14, 2010 7:59 PM

                Really? Ok, maybe I'll give it another chance sometime, thanks.