Square Enix’s vice president of corporate communications Chris Glover has revealed that developer IO Interactive has dropped all work on their franchises other than Hitman. This means that if you were holding out for future Kane & Lynch or Mini Ninja titles, then you’re gonna have a bad time. IO Interactive’s sole purpose is to develop Hitman games for publisher Square Enix.
Unfortunately this also means that “almost half” of IO’s workforce has just been let go. Any other projects that the development team was working on have been cancelled. What those were we’ll likely never know, but if it was another Kane & Lynch then it’s not exactly the end of the world.
“The studio will focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise and is in pre-production on a new AAA Hitman project,” Glover confirmed. Last year’s Hitman: Absolution was met with mixed critical and fan reception. However, the franchise has a long legacy that Square Enix is obviously not willing to shelve as yet. Perhaps their decision to switch IO to fulltime Hitman studio is an attempt to fix the shortcomings of Absolution?