Hitman III‘s sales are also performing well, and IO Interactive self-published the game, meaning there are no cuts to be handed to the publisher from the profit.
IO Interactive announced on its website that it will begin expanding in the next few years, and part of the plan is a new studio in Barcelona that is already open, joining the groups found in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmö (Sweden). The third studio is going to work on the company’s proprietary technology on all ongoing projects and universes (including Project 007!), as well as an unannounced new IP.
All three studios will be treated as „elite” studios by IO Interactive, as each of them will make a „significant impact” on ongoing development and publishing, regardless of what project is in question. The core team of the new studio in Barcelona is already in place. They are focusing on establishing the studio’s culture and environment so that the top talent from around the world might join them. You can see the list of job openings on their webpage.
„There are exciting times ahead at IO Interactive and I am proud to announce the next step in our plans for the most desirable game company in Europe. IO Interactive Barcelona will become the third studio to join our efforts to create phenomenal experiences for our players and communities. All three of our studios have extremely talented developers who are passionate and driven towards making an impact in our industry. A core part of our philosophy is that everyone at IOI has a significant and impactful role to play in realizing our dreams, regardless of where they’re located. Think of it as we are one studio, in multiple locations,” said IO Interactive CEO Hakan Abrak in a press release.
Hitman III might not be burning up the NPD charts (not selling extraordinarily well in North America), but according to Abrak in a Gamesindustry interview, Hitman III sold 300% better than Hitman II. Then again, Hitman III is on more platforms (as the PlayStation 5 and the two Xbox Series consoles are available).