Hitman developer IO Interactive has opened a brand new studio in Brighton, UK, additional rising its operations worldwide. The developer’s Brighton group turns into its fifth studio, becoming a member of its Copenhagen HQ, a studio in Malmo, opened in 2019, a studio in Barcelona, opened in 2021, and a studio in Istanbul, based in early this yr.
IOI Brighton already has a small group constructed, which signifies that not like the developer’s earlier new studios, it will not be ranging from scratch. At the moment, the Brighton group is targeted Fantasy Venturethe Xbox console-exclusive fantasy on-line RPG from IO Interactive, the event of which was formally confirmed earlier this yr.
Naturally nevertheless IOI Brighton will develop over the approaching months because it recruits extra expertise and can ultimately additionally begin engaged on the developer venture James Bond recreation, which is at present identified merely as Venture 007.
“The studio is for all initiatives,” IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak informed GamesIndustry. “We’re working a bit of in another way than different corporations. They’re extra like “this studio is engaged on this venture” or “this studio is doing a little parts of this venture”. In our studios, our initiatives are within the foreground. Which signifies that anybody, it doesn’t matter what studio or nation they’re working from, can cross-work on completely different initiatives. It isn’t like in Istanbul they’re on 007, and in Brighton they’re simply doing Venture Fantasy… they’ll all work on completely different initiatives.”
Abrak additionally says IO Interactive will proceed to develop and plans to develop to over 400 folks throughout its 5 studios throughout the subsequent 18 months. At the moment, the corporate’s complete workforce is just below 300 staff.
“I feel most individuals wanted to Fantasy Venture AND Venture 007 I am OK. There shall be a bit of extra progress, and it isn’t onerous to think about IO being nearer to 400 folks in one other yr or 18 months from now,” she stated.
As for when the aforementioned two titles will launch, IO Interactive stated final yr that neither Fantasy Venture neither Venture 007 shall be launched anytime earlier than at the least 2025. In the meantime, the Hitman the franchise is at present “a bit on hiatus,” in accordance with the developer.