Hitman developer IO Interactive has opened a third studio to support with the development of its James Bond project, the Hitman franchise, and a new IP.
The company's CEO, Hakan Abrak, discussed the "elite" studio while speaking in a keynote hosted by Games Industry. The studio joins the Copenhagen and Malmö offices.
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Speaking as part of the interview, Abrak noted that "Agent 47 needs a bit of a breather. He needs a break".
"But that doesn't mean things aren't happening in the World of Assassination. We have some pretty cool ideas that we're looking into, and some of those will bear fruit."
"You'll see some development there that's a bit different," he teased.
"Then there's the Bond universe, which is absolutely amazing," he explains, referring to Project 007.
"We are very excited about that. We have the privilege of doing an original becoming story, creating your own digital Bond is amazing for us."
"But besides that, we have created four IPs from scratch. We always have incubation and R&D going on. Without going into too much detail, we have a third universe that we're working actively on, which is a bit different and absolutely a love child. It is something our core people, our veteran staff, have been dreaming about for some time."
I'd recommend checking out the full interview here, but it's been fascinating seeing the studio go from strength to strength since parting ways with Square Enix and retaining the Hitman IP.
For more on Hitman, be sure to check out our interview with IO in anticipation of Hitman 3's launch.
IO has released a blog post about its new studio here.