Earlier this month, Square Enix
announced that they would divest ownership in IO-Interactive. Today, IO-Interactive
tweeted that layoffs were an unfortunate reality at the studio. Fans of the studio's hallmark series, Hitman, were hopeful that the series would not be shelved, or its content slowed, due to the recent title's, Blood Money, relevant success and promises of future content. It appears as IO-Interactive is at the very least adjusting to the change in funding, and unfortunately that means losing some employees to make up the difference.
Fans have replied with their sympathies. Even Quantum Break and Max Payne developers, Remedy Entertainment, responded. The Finnish studio made note of job openings with them, ready to take in those unfortunate IO-Interactive employees who had to leave.
Unfortunate though this is, hopefully it won't be for nothing, and IO-Interactive will be able to continue making content for the current, and hopefully future, Hitman titles, as well as entries from their other IPs. Of course, if there are any changes, you can count on us to let you know.