Ryan Barnard, the director of Ubisoft’s new MMORPG The Division, has left the company to join the Danish studio IO Interactive. IO Interactive is mostly known for the Hitman franchise, though they do have other interesting titles like Kane & Lynch and Freedom Fighters.

While a Game Director at Ubisoft, Barnard now holds the position of Gameplay Director over at IO, and will supervise three core teams: “gameplay”, “online” and “world”.

“Ryan’s contributions to game design over the years show he’s the ideal person to spearhead the coming efforts,” reads a statement from Square Enix. “We are very happy to add his talent to the pool of great people working at IO.”

We shall have to wait and see how Barnard’s involvement will affect future IO Interactive titles.


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