|IO Interactive fires half of its staff|
|Posted: 17.06.2013 19:01 by JonahFalcon||Comments: 4|
Hitman: Absolution developer IO Interactive has announced that the studio has fired nearly half of its staff, and all projects in development have been cancelled to make room for a new Hitman game.
The studio has also promoted production director Hannes Seifert as studio head. According to the press statement, "We are making significant changes at IO Interactive as we align our business against a changing and challenging market. Hannes Seifert, formerly Production Director for 3 years at the studio, will take over the position of Studio Head at IO.
"The studio will focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise and is in pre-production on a new AAA Hitman project. However we have taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at IO and reduce the workforce in this studio, which will impact almost half of the employees currently at IO, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today's market."
The statement then thanked the laid off workers, and advised other developers to contact them about hiring them. "For those affected, we are extremely grateful for the hard work which they have contributed, and where it's possible and appropriate to relocate staff to open positions at other studios within the group, we will try to do so. We are also reaching out to other companies for outplacement opportunities. We sincerely wish them well in their future careers. If you are part of a company that is looking for additional development talent, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org," concluded the statement.
Source: Games Industry BIZ