Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 1/16/14


"IO Interactive has announced the first details about its next-gen Hitman game, which is in the works for Xbox One, PS4and PC.In an open letter posted on the Hitman website, the studio said the game will star a globetrotting Agent 47 in the prime of his career, fulfilling contracts across “huge, checkpoint-free, sandbox levels” with the support of the ICA and long-term handler Diana Burnwood.The first details about the project arrive a few weeks after Hitman publisher Square Enix addressed reports claiming it had canned a triple-A Hitman title previously in development at Square Enix Montreal."


"Former Xbox multimedia executive Blair Westlake has resigned from Microsoft following what he describes as a change of direction in the company, Variety reports.During his time with Microsoft, Westlake championed the company’s focus on online entertainment and aided in transforming Xbox One into an entertainment hub for media beyond video games. Westlake didn’t specify what aspects of Microsoft’s new direction he felt unqualified for."


"Co-founder of the Ouya Muffi Ghadiali leaves the company of his own volition. The news comes after a statement to TechCrunch regarding Ghadiali and the future of Ouya:“OUYA is focusing more on the next phase of the business and product development. We’ve made some recent changes including the departure of Muffi Ghadiali who was invaluable during the launch of OUYA.  As is to be expected, OUYA is an ever-changing business, and as we continue to grow our needs shift accordingly.”Ghadiali led key teams at Ouya responsible for hardware and firmware development and design."