Christopher Schmitz Leaves Quantic Dream for IO Interactive

Christopher Schmitz has left Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream for a position at Hitman studio IO Interactive, publisher Square Enix announced on Monday.

Having worked in the gaming industry for more than twenty years and holding senior positions at several well-known studios, Schmitz’s latest role will have him serve as an executive producer for IO Interactive.

“I think it’s safe to say the industry has been watching closely what IO has been doing with the latest Hitman game,” Schmitz said. “I’m excited to be a part of this team and it’s a new chapter for me, plus I’m looking forward to getting to know Copenhagen a lot better.”

Schmitz landed the director of production role at Quantic Dream in January 2015, with it being a newly created position at the time.

Before his involvement with Quantic Dream, Schmitz spent seven years with Ubisoft Blue Byte, holding the title of product development director.

Hannes Seifert, studio head at IO Interactive, welcomed the addition of Schmitz to his development team.

“We are always looking to strengthen the talent we have at the studio and so we are delighted to get Christopher on board,” Seifert said. “His experience, energy and perspective on game development is a perfect fit for us, he has so much to offer our team, our studio and our games.”

For more on IO Interactive’s episodic Hitman title, check out Hardcore Gamer’s reviews for Episode 1: Paris, Episode 2: Sapienza and Episode 3: Marrakesh.