Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days News

IO Interactive cancels everything that isn't Hitman, including Kane & Lynch

Hitman developer IO Interactive has announced that it's laying off "almost half" its staff to "focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise."

In a statement obtained by Eurogamer, Square Enix VP of corporate communications Chris Glover said, "The studio will focus resolutely on the future vision for the Hitman franchise and is in pre-production on a new AAA Hitman project. However we have taken the difficult decision to cancel other studio projects and initiatives at IO and reduce the workforce in this studio, which will impact almost half of the employees currently at IO, as we make internal adjustments to face the challenges of today's market."

"For those affected, we are extremely grateful for the hard work which they have contributed, and where it's possible and appropriate to relocate staff to open positions at other studios within the group, we will try to do so. We are also reaching out to other companies for outplacement opportunities. We sincerely wish them well in their future careers."

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IO job ads hint at Kane & Lynch 3

Work underway on third person co-op title.

A recent IO Interactive recruitment call has offered the strongest hint yet that a new Kane & Lynch title is in the works.

Square Enix blames bad year on FFXIV

And a "weak" console performance.

Square Enix is blaming a bad year on a "weak" console performance; the "continued delay in billing" for embattled MMO Final Fantasy XIV Online; the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan; and the write-off of goodwill - i.e. companies bought by the publisher now not being worth as much.

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days sells a million

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days sells a million

But Square Enix game sales tumble.

Sales of Square Enix games during the first nine months of the financial year were down 28 per cent on the same period the previous year.

Operating income also took a tumble, down 58 per cent.

It's all down to low console game sales and tough comparisons. In the first three months of the 2009 financial year the Japanese company launched both Dragon Quest IX and Final Fantasy XIII.

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Lara Croft's Kane & Lynch DLC out now

Plus, get 50% off Guardian of Light today.

It's lucky the bookies left the ticket on 'Most Incongruous Gaming Cameo of 2011' open to the last minute, because we have a late winner. As of today, sketchy Eidos badboys Kane and Lynch are playable in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Kane & Lynch film loses director

Unlikely to enter production before Q1.

The Kane & Lynch film adaptation is currently without a director and there's no word on when production will begin, one of the companies financing it has said.

Kane & Lynch 2 demo available to all

Plus, PC version to use Steamworks.

Square Enix has made the demo of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days available to all players, and announced that the PC version of the game will ship with Valve's Steamworks features.

Kane & Lynch 2 beta for Xbox 360

Kane & Lynch 2 beta for Xbox 360

Update: news of PC, PS3 samplers soon.

Update: Square Enix has been in touch to tell Eurogamer that PC and PS3 demos are still very much part of the plan.

"There will be news on a Kane & Lynch 2 PS3 and PC demo at a later date," a spokesperson from the publisher told us.

Original story: Square Enix is offering an Xbox Live demo of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days to anyone who becomes a friend of the game's official YouTube page.

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Kane & Lynch 2 to get online co-op

More details of sequel begin to emerge.

The next instalment in the Kane & Lynch series will feature an online co-op mode, along with the offline co-op and competitive online modes of the first game.

Kane & Lynch sequel unveiled

Kane & Lynch sequel unveiled

Dog Days for PC/PS3/360 in 2010.

Square Enix Europe has officially unveiled the rumoured sequel to 2007's Kane & Lynch.

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days thrusts the titular criminal duo into the Shanghai underworld and is due out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2010.

"Gamers are always looking for something new and that is exactly what they are going to get with Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days," said Niels Jørgensen, general manager of developer IO Interactive.

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