Both Hitman and Hitman 2 underwhelmed in the sales department, despite both games reviewing and being part of a popular and long-running franchise. And if you were born this could mean trouble for the newly independent IO Interactive, well, here's some good news: the Danish developer isn't closing down, it's actually expanding.
More specifically, IO Interactive is expanding with a new studio in Malmo, Sweden.
“We are excited and proud to announce IOI Malmö. We will expand IOI to join a buzzling game developer community and bring our own unique IOI culture to this amazing town, ”said Hakan Abrak, CEO, IO Interactive.
The CEO continued:
“Furthermore, this will expand our muscles for creating brand-new and exciting endeavors, new universes, new franchises. In other words, IOI Malmö and Copenhagen are one family, ”Hakan Abrak continues.
“The IOI expansion in Malmö was a natural choice as there is a very strong existing video game industry. I believe it has all the opportunities to become the epicenter of game development in Scandinavia. ”
According to IO Interactive, the studio is already fully operational. And from the sounds of it, the team won't be doing their own projects, but helping and supporting the main studio in Denmark.
However, Abrak does mention that IO is looking to expand to new franchies as well. And so unless it's dumping Hitman for the time, this seems to be a two-game developer, unless Abrak is just generally speaking about the future.
Hitman is a great series with a good amount of history backing it up, but the passion for it doesn't seem to be as strong as it used to be. And so I'd wager it's time for IO Interactive to move on from the series. It is definitely a lot of talent and creativity, and I would love to see it work on something brand-new. It could still be a stealth game, but just something that isn't based on it Hitman franchise.
Anyway, as always, feel free to leave a comment letting us know what you think. What would you like to see?