Game News A month after its name change, Square Enix Montreal (Hitman, Lara Croft) closes its doors and goes to work on an Xbox game
In recent months, there have been many changes (often synonymous with takeovers) in the video game industry. After Microsoft acquired Activision-Blizzard for $68.7 billion, Embracer Group, the giant that owns THQ Nordic, bought out Western studios from Square Enix. Today, Square Enix Montreal – which has just changed its name – is closing its doors.
Square Enix Montreal is no more!
It is against the modest sum of 300 million dollars that Embracer Group seizes all the Western studios of Square Enix, namely Eidos Montreal and Sherbrooke (Deus Ex, Guardians of the Galaxy), Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider Marvel’s Avengers) and Square Enix Montreal, author of several series of mobile games like Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO. Today, it is obviously this last studio that matters to us, since this one, after changing its name just a month ago to Onoma, has just closed its doors…
The bad news was indeed announced only a few minutes ago by Phil Rogers, director of CDE Entertainment, one of the companies of Embracer Group:
We see growth opportunities centered on our premier franchises and our AAA games. Closing QA and our Onoma studio is a difficult decision that we have made with great care and consideration. We greatly thank all team members for their contributions over the years and hope to find suitable placements for as many as possible. Phil Rogers, Director of CDE Entertainment
If the closure seems to put a total of 200 employees on the sidelines, we learn that many of them will quickly find work, since the majority of the staff will be reoriented towards Eidos Montreal (which is located only a few meters from Onoma). We learn that they will put their talent to good use in two cult series. Indeed, they will notably work on the Deus Ex series, which will please the fans, but also – more surprisingly – on Fable. Indeed, the Montreal studio will help Microsoft teams to set up a long-awaited game.
NEWS: Embracer has shut down Onoma, formerly Square Enix Montreal, which announced its new name just 3 weeks ago. Also:
– Some Onoma staff will move to Eidos Montreal
– Eidos canceled an unannounced game
– Eidos working with Xbox on games like Fable
—Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) November 1, 2022
Embracer shut down Onoma, formerly Square Enix Montreal, which announced its new name just 3 weeks ago. Also :
- Some Onoma staff will move to Eidos Montreal
- Eidos canceled an unannounced game
- Eidos works with Xbox on games like Fable
Eidos, also affected?
This is not the only commotion on the side of the former Western development studios of Square Enix, since we learn at the same time that this restructuring also takes the opportunity to cancel a game from Eidos in stride.
However, do not worry, since it is an unannounced game which, according to the various sources shared by journalist Jason Schreier, was greatly inspired by the saga Stranger Things, the series of the Duffer brothers broadcast on Netflix.
Finally, the journalist from Bloomber adds that in addition to Deus Ex, that‘Eidos Montreal would also be working on a brand new license. Unfortunately, the latter has not yet been revealed. He will therefore have to be patient.
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