Just when we thought that the acquisition of former Square Enix studios by Embracer Group would be a dream come true, one particular studio just got a startling wake-up call.
The publisher has announced that it has closed down Square Enix Montreal, which has since gone on to call itself Onoma after being acquired earlier this year. The studio was previously known for such hit games as Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO, which were big hits on mobile.
Director Phil Rogers spoke on the closure, explaining that 200 employees would be affected, but Embracer would work with them to find them new roles where available. "We see the growth opportunities centered around our premier franchises and AAA games. Closing publishing QA and our Onoma studio is a difficult decision and one that we've taken with great care and consideration. We greatly thank all those team members for their contributions over the years and hope to find proper placements for as many as possible."
Meanwhile, the main Eidos Montreal studio remains hard at work, on a “recently rescoped” new IP, as well as a new Deus Ex title that’s in very early days (like, we won’t see it for years). The studio is also working closely with Microsoft on a new Fable project, just as Crystal Dynamics, another Embracer acquisition, is working
with them on Perfect Dark. We do wish the team at Onoma the best of luck on where they land next!
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