Hitman series developer IO Interactive has opened a new Barcelona studio, which will work on Hitman, Project 007, and “an unannounced new IP.”
Revealed in a blog post on the IOI website, IOI Barcelona will be the company’s third studio after IOI Copenhagen in Denmark and IOI Malmo in Sweden. IOI Barcelona will work on all of IOI’s ongoing projects. “All three of the IO Interactive studios are treated as Elite studios and will each make a significant impact to ongoing development and publishing efforts across all projects,” reads a press release.
The Spanish studio will be located in the centre of Barcelona, and hopes to establish a studio culture “that will attract top talent from around the world.“ The blog post also comments broadly on the studio’s future projects: “With more to come from the Hitman universe, developing and publishing the first James Bond origin story and a brand new IP in active development, the future for IO Interactive is as exciting as it has ever been.”
It’s another heartening moment for IO, which became a full indie studio in 2017 after splitting from Square Enix, while retaining the rights to its Hitman IP. Since then it’s released Hitman 2 and 3, as well as announcing Project 007, a James Bond game with an original story. We’ve talked before about how Hitman 3 proves the studio is ready to tackle Bond.
Here’s our review of IOI’s latest game Hitman 3, which we scored a 9, calling it ”rich, rewarding and highly replayable.” You can also check out this episode of Unfiltered in which Hitman studio boss Hakan Abrak talks about the future of Hitman and the studio’s work on James Bond.