It seems Hitman developer IO Interactive is adapting well to its newfound independence. In early 2017, Square Enix announced they were ditching IO Interactive and the Hitman series along with them. Many were rightfully worried about the future of IO, but apparently it’s onwards and upwards for the Danish developer, as they’ve announced they’re opening a brand-new studio in Malmö, Sweden.
IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak had a following to say about the new Swedish studio…
“We are super 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. 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. The IOI expansion in Malmö was a natural choice as there is a very strong existing video game industry. I believe it has all opportunities to become the epicenter of game development in Scandinavia.”
Hmmm, new universes and franchises, huh? It would certainly be interesting to see what IO Interactive could do if they were to expand beyond Hitman.
Io Interactive recently shipped Hitman 2, which I found it to be another rock-solid entry in the long-running stealth series…
“Hitman 2 is yet another well-executed entry in IO Interactive’s killer franchise. The game lacks some of the refinement expected of a world-class assassin, but the top-notch level design and some small, but key improvements to the series’ core mechanics more than make up for a few presentation and polish issues. Hitman 2 isn’t quite the shot to the heart it could have been, but it’s close enough to count.”
IO Interactive also just released Hitman HD Enhanced Collection, a remaster of Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution.