Copenhagen-based Hitman developer IO Interactive has announced that it's opening a second development studio, to be situated in Malmö, Sweden.

The new studio will, according to CEO Hakan Abrak, operate in tandem with IO's existing team, and will "strengthen [the company's] commitment to deliver exceptional content to the Hitman franchise, community and all our fans".

Establishing a second development studio will also, says Abrak, enable IO to "expand our muscles for creating brand-new and exciting endeavours, new universes, new franchises."

It has, after all, been quite some time since IO released anything other than the Hitman series. The developer's most recent non-Hitman game was 2010's Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, while its last new IP, action-adventure Mini Ninjas, appeared in 2009.

According to Abrak, the decision to establish IO's second office in Malmö "was a natural choice as there is a very strong existing video game industry. I believe it has all opportunities to become the epicentre of game development in Scandinavia."

Indeed, Malmö is already home to a number of other notable developers, including Little Nightmares creator Tarsier Studios, and Massive Entertainment, responsible for the likes of Tom Clancy's The Division and its upcoming sequel.

IO Interactive's expansion follows the studio's move to independence after its split from Square Enix in 2017. The developer's most recent title, Hitman 2, launched last November.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (29)

About the author

Matt Wales

Matt Wales

Reporter

Matt Wales is a freelance writer and gambolling summer child who won't even pretend to live a busily impressive life of dynamic go-getting for the purposes of this bio. He is the sole and founding member of the Birdo for President of Everything Society.

More articles by Matt Wales

Comments (29)

Comments for this article are now closed, but please feel free to continue chatting on the forum!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading

Related