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IOI said the studio will allow it to establish a "foothold for triple-A development" in the region.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 15, 2023

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Key Hitman artwork showing Agent 47 emerging from the shadows

Hitman developer IO Interactive (IOI) has opened a new studio in Istanbul, Turkey, to create a "foothold for triple-A development" in the region.

The opening will become IOI's fourth development studio, and according to the company will play a "significant role" in the production of its upcoming James Bond game, Project 007.

The team in Istanbul will also work on the Hitman franchise and the company's recently-announced online fantasy RPG, Project Fantasy.

"With a thriving tech and mobile development scene, IOI identified Istanbul as a region filled with talent that is furiously passionate, development-focused and technically creative," explained IOI in a press release.

"Those elements made opening a studio in Istanbul a strong step forward for IOI's pursuit of making impactful games on all platforms and for everyone, as well as establishing a foothold for AAA development in Turkey."

IOI has significantly bolstered its development capabilities in recent years, with the studio opening a studio in Barcelona back in 2021, and prior to that, cutting the ribbon on a studio in Malmo.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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