IO Interactive, the developer behind the Hitman series, has announced that they have opened a new studio in Barcelona, Spain to continue development on Hitman, Project 007, and "an unannounced new IP."
The studio made the announcement in a blog post on their official website. It will be IO's third location to open since it gained independence from Square Enix in 2017, after IOI Copenhagen in Denmark and IOI Malmo in Sweden.
"Establishing IOI Barcelona is an integral part of IO Interactive’s plans for the coming years. 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," IO said in its announcement.
IOI also made sure to let the press know that each of the studios will have equally important roles in the development and publishing of future games.
IO has been hiring aggressively for its slate of new projects, aiming to double its headcount in the process of working on what it hopes will be a full trilogy of James Bond games.