Square Enix Announce Management Changes To Their Studios

By Ishaan . June 21, 2013 . 9:55am

Square Enix have announced management changes to their studios in North America and Europe. As part of a company-wide restructuring, Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher is now head of all studios in North America and Europe.


While Gallagher will retain his role at Crystal Dynamics for the immediate future, the long-term plan is for him to help work out Square Enix’s portfolio strategy. Additionally, Deus Ex: Human Revolution executive producer David Anfossi will serve as head of Crystal Dynamics going forward.


Anfossi will be responsible for overseeing ongoing Eidos Montreal projects such as the upcoming Thief reboot, as well as two other unannounced projects that the studio is currently working on.


Meanwhile, Square Enix’s recently established Montreal studio will be focusing on tablets. The studio’s assistant director, Patrick Naud, will take on a central leadership position at Square Enix Montreal. As you may recall, in late 2011 Square announced that their Montreal studio would be working on a Hitman game.


On the subject of Hitman, IO Interactive, the studio responsible for that franchise, has seen a reshuffling as well. Following reports of lay-offs at the studio, production director Hannes Seifert will now serve as IO’s full-time studio head.


“Our focus remains firmly set on making great games and delivering unforgettable experiences,” said Square Enix America and Europe CEO Phil Rogers.


“Whilst our games will come in different shapes and sizes, we want to deliver them faster and better and we believe these changes will help our studios achieve just that.”


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  • landlock

    That’s alot of changes. There western studios were one of the sections of the company that were actually producing great games. Hopefully they won’t change to much.

    • Göran Isacson

      True. Hopefully we won’t see that quality lower now, and if it does… welp, guess we’ll remember this as the day when it all went to pieces.

      • Setsu Oh

        i remember the day i realised se didn t care much about anything more than money(chrono cross and xenogears teams leaving, no more matsuno goodness…early 2000s was a nightmare after a dream) that was 13 years ago.
        they did try recently though with sleeping dogs and eidos…
        let s see if tomb raider becomes an uncharted before judging.

  • Sardorim

    They need to control their budgets and at the very least they should cut costs by just reusing the current systems they have for the immediate future with updates here and there.

    • eilegz

      it seems that until they realize that the budget of AAA needs to lower but instead keep increasing and expectations of what a success will be they will never reach to the goals.

      Hopefully things cool down a little bit, i dont mind more ios, android or tablet gaming maybe there its a niche market there. Hopefully they do a sequel to tomb raider at least the reboot its such a good game, its sad to see that they shelf it after not meeting the pharaonic expectatives

      • Sardorim

        I hope so as well. A Tome Raider Sequel with just updates over the system used in the Reboot would be awesome and cost efficient.

  • Hitman for iOS.

  • 60hz

    weird they put the guy who is responsible for runaway dev budgets in charge… it could be a way of promoting out the problem, i guess…

  • Setsu Oh

    i was sooo MAD at se for piling on the west to hide their failure to deliver both versus and 14 two games that have been in dev hell for years.
    i was scared they would limit good studios which made good successes like hitman tomb raider sleeping dogs and due sex and not acknowledge the money pits that are those two games(three with overlong dev cycle agito).

    so now they are restructuring but it doesn t sound like they are punishing.

    seems like talent being moved around for a purpose, promotions.

    i m still waiting and seeing. and hoping for a tomb raider game back in the discovering only realm(i know, i know, it is energy wasted: now they got a whiff of the money lara will become more like a drake than a croft….sad days it is)

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