Ryan Barnard, the game director of The Division, has left Ubisoft Massive to join Io-Interactive team to work on Hitman series. According to his LinkedIn profile, Barnard has left Ubisoft Massive during the month of February and started to collaborate with Io-Interactive from this month. The game director has worked for four years with the developement studio of The Division, while previously had worked for Crytek, EA’s Mythic and Sony Online Entertainment.
“As we continue to grow our commitment to the Hitman game franchise, it’s with tremendous excitement that we can announce another great addition to the Io-Interactive family. Ryan Barnard comes to us after having recently finished his work on Massive Entertainment’s “The Division” and will join the Io-Interactive in the newly created role of Gameplay Director” as said by the IO Interactive company.
Bernard is going to get busy, because he has to lead the three main teams at IO Interactive. The studio is confident that he can handle that by saying the below:
“Ryan will focus on expanding on the near-endless possibilities of gameplay that a game like HITMAN possesses. This means heading up the future efforts of three of our very core teams – gameplay, online and world – which will be no small task. Ryan’s contributions to game design over the years show he’s the ideal person to spearhead the coming efforts. We are very happy to add his talent to the pool of great people working at IOI.”