Hitman developer IO Interactive has opened a brand new studio in Brighton, UK, additional rising its worldwide operations. The developer’s Brighton workforce turns into its fifth studio, becoming a member of its headquarters in Copenhagen, a studio in Malmo, which was opened in 2019, a studio in Barcelona, which was opened in 2021, and a studio in Istanbul, which was established earlier this yr.
IOI Brighton already has a small workforce arrange, which signifies that in contrast to the developer’s earlier new studios, it received’t be ranging from scratch. Presently, the Brighton workforce is targeted on Mission Fantasy, IO Interactive’s Xbox console unique on-line fantasy RPG, which was formally confirmed to be in growth earlier this yr.
Naturally, nevertheless, IOI Brighton can be increasing over the approaching months because it recruits extra expertise, and can ultimately additionally start engaged on the developer’s James Bond sport, which is presently identified merely as Mission 007.
“The studio is for all tasks,” mentioned IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak whereas talking with GamesIndustry. “We’re working a bit otherwise in comparison with different firms. They’re extra like ‘this studio is engaged on this challenge’ or ‘this studio is doing a little components of this challenge’. Throughout our studios, our tasks are entrance and centre. Which suggests anyone, no matter what studio or nation they’re working from, they’ll work criss-cross on completely different tasks. It’s not like in Istanbul they’re on 007, and in Brighton they’re solely doing Mission Fantasy… they’ll all work on the completely different tasks.”
Abrak additionally says IO Interactive will proceed to develop and plans to develop to over 400 folks throughout its 5 studios throughout the coming 18 months. Presently, the corporate’s whole headcount sits at slightly below 300 workers.
“I believe most people wanted for Mission Fantasy and Mission 007 are in place. There can be a bit extra rising, and it’s not onerous to think about that IO can be nearer to 400 folks in one other yr or 18 months from now,” he mentioned.
As for when the 2 aforementioned titles can be out, IO Interactive mentioned final yr that neither Mission Fantasy nor Mission 007 can be out anytime earlier than at the very least 2025. In the meantime, the Hitman franchise is presently “just a little bit on hiatus”, in response to the developer.