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IO Interactive’s Next Game Will Feature Multiplayer And Microtransactions

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This could be the fantasy RPG that IO Interactive is rumored to be building.

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A new job listing at IO Interactive hints that their next game will be a multiplayer title with microtransactions. It might even be the first concrete evidence we have of IO Interactive’s rumored new MMORPG.


Job listing courtesy of emopulseis for a “monetization designer“, a job that focuses on making money. This type of position hasn’t existed historically, but as games move further away from one-time price tags and more toward games-as-a-service models, the monetization has become an increasingly complex problem for developers and publishers to solve.

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“IO Interactive is embarking on a new journey: into the world of emerging multiplayer in a unique, unannounced project that we believe will shape the future for years to come of both our studio and the relationships we’ve built with our players,” he says. In the job listing elsewhere, we learn that the “new console project” will feature an in-game “economy” that the Monetization Designer will help shape.

Agent 47 from the Hitman trilogy

The successful applicant will work with the IOI production team to “establish monetization design principles in the project” as well as suggest features that could be monetized. Although the job listing doesn’t specifically mention microtransactions, the general language of a multiplayer game with an in-game economy implies that microtransactions will be part of this game’s monetization strategy.

Which is a big change for IOI. Historically, Hitman games have been premium titles with additional DLC, but there are no microtransactions in the entire World of Assassination trilogy. With little experience in complex monetization, it makes sense that IOI would want to hire someone to do it.

This job offer could also be the first sign of IOI’s rumored Project Dragon. Said to be a multiplayer fantasy RPG for PC and consoles, IOI expects Project Dragon to be a 10 Year Live Service Game–a lofty goal for his first live service title. Project Dragon hasn’t been revealed yet, but we expect it to arrive around the same time as IOI’s rumored Bond game, which won’t be here until 2025.

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