Around 30 jobs lost at IO Interactive

Rumours point to cancellation of Microsoft project, studio blames nature of game development

Kane & Lynch studio IO Interactive is to let a number of staff go following the rumoured cancellation of an in-development project.

According to a report by Computerworld, around 30 staff have been made redundant after the collapse of a game deal with Microsoft.

IO Interactive is owned by Square Enix, following an acquisition by Eidos in 2004 for 23 million.

Earlier in the year the developer scaled back before the release of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, blaming the natural ebb and flow of game development.

The latest round of cutbacks is again down to the nature of game development, general manager of IO Interactive Niels Jorgensen, told Computerworld.

"Like the movie business, we are very project oriented. And gaming companies adjusts up and down relative to where you are in the projects. It is quite common practice," he said.

The studio's most recent release, Kane & Lynch 2, scored a Metacritic average in the low 60s. The team is best known for the Hitman franchise and is rumoured to be working in the latest in the series, which last saw an update in 2006 with Hitman: Blood Money.

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
I really hope Hitman 5 happens. There aren't enough pure stealth games any more, and there's a morbid and satisfying brilliance to perfectly completing assassinations as 47.

I would love a Freedom Fighters 2 some day (clearly not going to happen though), and although Mini Ninjas was a bit shallow and didn't sell particularly well, I think it could have grown into a decent little franchise had Squeenix run with it.

It will be interesting to see if there's ever a Kane & Lynch 3 though. I enjoyed the second from what I have played, but it's very flawed in a number of ways.
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Soeren Lund Producer, Io Interactive6 years ago
Good luck to everyone affected by this. Also looking forward to Hitman 5.
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Cathy Kay Senior Partner, spectrum6 years ago
I am seeking a lead games developer interested in Social gaming.
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