A month after changing its name, Square Enix Montreal (Hitman, Lara Croft) closes its doors and goes to work on an Xbox game
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A month after changing its name, Square Enix Montreal (Hitman, Lara Croft) closes its doors and goes to work on an Xbox game

game news A month after changing its name, 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 acquisitions) in the video game industry. After Microsoft acquired Activision-Blizzard for $68.7 billion, the Embracer Group, the giant that owns THQ Nordic, bought Western studios from Square Enix. Today, Square Enix Montreal – which has just changed its name – is closing its doors.

Square Enix Montreal no longer exists!

A month after changing its name, Square Enix Montreal (Hitman, Lara Croft) closes its doors and goes to work on an Xbox game

For a modest sum of $300 million, Embracer Group acquired all of Square Enix’s western studios, namely Eidos Montreal, Sherbrooke (Deus Ex, Guardians of the Galaxy), Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider Marvel’s Avengers) and Square Enix Montreal, author of several mobile game series such as Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO. Today, it is clear that it is this last studio that interests us, since this studio, After changing its name just a month ago to Onoma, it just closed its doors…

A month after changing its name, Square Enix Montreal (Hitman, Lara Croft) closes its doors and goes to work on an Xbox gameA month after changing its name, Square Enix Montreal (Hitman, Lara Croft) closes its doors and goes to work on an Xbox game

The bad news was actually announced just a few minutes ago by Phil Rogers, Director of CDE Entertainment, an Embracer Group company:

We see growth opportunities centered around leading franchises and our AAA games. The closure of QA and Studio Onoma is a difficult decision that we made with great care and attention. We thank all team members very much 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 shutdown appears to be putting a total of 200 employees on the sidelines, we know many of them will quickly find work, The majority of employees will be redirected towards Eidos Montreal (which is located a few meters from Onoma). We learn that they will put their talents to good use in two cult series. In fact, they will work exclusively on the Deus Ex series, which will delight fans, but also – more surprisingly – on Fable. Indeed, the Montreal studio will help Microsoft teams prepare a long-awaited game.

Embracer Onoma, formerly Square Enix Montreal, which announced its new name just 3 weeks ago, closed. Moreover :

  • Some Onoma employees will move to Eidos Montreal
  • Eidos has canceled an unannounced match
  • Eidos works with Xbox in games like Fable

Eidos, also affected?

This isn’t the only hype on the part of Square Enix’s former western development studios, because at the same time we’re learning that This restructuring also takes the opportunity to scrap a game from Eidos in a step.

However, don’t worry, because an unreleased game that, according to various sources shared by journalist Jason Schreyer, was heavily inspired by the Stranger Things saga, the Duffer Brothers series that aired on Netflix.

Finally, the journalist from Bloomer adds that in addition to Deus Ex, thisEidos Montreal will also be working on a brand new license. Unfortunately, the latter was not disclosed. So he will have to be patient.


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