IO Interactive, the Danish video game developer behind the Hitman series, has opened a new studio in Türkiye’s biggest city Istanbul, it said in a statement.
“We are excited to announce the opening of our fourth IOI studio in Istanbul, Türkiye. Uniquely positioned in the pan-continental gateway to Europe and Asia, IOI Istanbul is a crucial part in the continued growth and success of IO Interactive,” the press release said.
The company added, “With a thriving tech and mobile development scene, we identified Istanbul as a region filled with talent that is furiously passionate, development-focused and technically creative. Istanbul is also a city rich in history, offering a strong cultural presence, historic architecture, astonishing Bosphorus views and vibrant and varied culture.”
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 Türkiye.
IOI Istanbul is located in Maslak, Sariyer. While Sariyer is a historic location known for its harbour and dining scene on the lively Bosphorus. Maslak is the heart of tech and business that is incredibly easy to access from anywhere in the city, and rich in amenities, beautiful plazas and shopping centers.
The mission of IOI Istanbul is to establish a hub for AAA game development in the region and create unique game experiences for our players across the world. Our team in Istanbul will play a significant role in our ambitious productions: Project 007, Project Fantasy and HITMAN.
Besides Hitman, the studio has released many successful titles including the Kane & Lynch franchises, and Freedom Fighters.
IO Interactive was first established in Copenhagen in 1998. It has studios in Malmo, Sweden and Barcelona as well.