Hitman developer IO Interactive is laying off “almost half” of its staff and cancelling all projects so it can focus on the future of the Hitman franchise.
In a statement (via Eurogamer) Square Enix VP of corporate communications Chris Glover said, “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.
“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.”
So that means any hopes you had for a third Kane & Lynch game just got dashed. We wish all those affected the best of luck in the future.