Kane & Lynch: Dead Men 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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Kane & Lynch 2 demo on PSN today

Plus: Fists of Plastic punched to 4.

There's a Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days demo for everybody on the PlayStation Store today, provided, you know, you're mature enough. This single-player and multiplayer sampler was offered to PlayStation Plus subscribers on Monday. They're worth it.

Demo Roundup - Christmas to 14th Jan

What you might have missed.

The Club or Yakuza 3. Those are our pick of the new demos. You can probably scoot off now. Not a lot else to suggest unless you own a PC. Oh, you do. Better read on then!

One is a flawed mercenary and the other is a medicated psychopath, but that hasn't stopped Kane & Lynch from making their way to Xbox Live in demo form, having appeared on PlayStation Network earlier this month.

Kane & Lynch demo on PAL PSN

Plus SOCOM/Syphon PSP demos.

While our American friends dance around with High Velocity Bowling, Wild Arms and even a silly holiday in November, fortunes are mixed for European PlayStation fans this week - with a Kane & Lynch demo the main PS3 Store highlight.

EGTV: Kane & Lynch vids

The power of two.

Everybody loves a great action double act: Mario and Sonic, Ratchet and Clank, Steve McClaren and a giant baseball bat to the face. We can't be sure whether Kane or Lynch, eponymous stars of IO's new third-person action-fest, would think it a good idea to give a 22 year-old goalkeeper his competitive international debut in a qualify-or-die clincher. But they sure know how to handle a firearm.

Games for Windows Live update

Games for Windows Live update

New features for upcoming games.

Microsoft has said that version 1.2 of its Games for Windows Live service will be spouted out across the Internet in November, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

It will let you obtain Achievements while playing offline and give you the ability to see if you can join friends in their games, along with some other user interface bits and pieces yet to be specified.

So far five games have been announced as supporting the updated service, including The Club and Universe at War from SEGA; Kane & Lynch from Eidos; and Gears of War and Viva Piñata from Microsoft.

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Kane & Lynch dated

Plus Lara and Agent 47 chatter.

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men will be released on 23rd November in Europe following a 20th November launch across the pond.

Io's Kane & Lynch revealed

Hitman dev doing something new.

Hitman developer Io Interactive is hard at work on a new PC and Xbox 360 game called Kane & Lynch: Dead Men.