Eidos Montreal General Manager Resigns Due To “Irreconcilable” Differences

By Ishaan . July 23, 2013 . 11:30am

Eidos Montreal’s founder and general manager Stephane D’Astous has resigned from the company, according to a Polygon report. In a statement, D’Astous wrote:


“Since last year’s financial short-coming performance of Square Enix Europe, we (HQ London and GM Eidos Montreal) have had growing and divergent opinions on what needed to be done to correct the situation. The lack of leadership, lack of courage and the lack of communication were so evident, that I wasn’t able to conduct my job correctly. I realized that our differences were irreconcilable, and that the best decision was unfortunately to part ways.”


Final Fantasy developer Square Enix is Eidos Montreal’s parent company, and this isn’t the first of their troubles. Last month, the company’s Hitman studio, IO Interactive, suffered lay-offs amidst a company-wide restructuring.


Prior to that, Square Enix reported that three of the company’s major big-budget games—Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman Absolution—had all sold under expectations, despite each game having moved very respectable numbers. At the same time, Square also announced that they had scrapped a number of projects in Japan.


Meanwhile, new franchises in Japan, such as Gyrozetter, a series featuring cars that transform into battle-ready robots, have failed to make much of a mark. And then, there’s Final Fantasy XIV, which not only needed to be rebooted as an entirely new game after the original version failed to take off, but also affected other projects.


Following D’Astous’ retirement from Eidos Montreal, David Anfossi, who is Eidos Montreal’s studio head, will be serving as his replacement.


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  • how interesting I wonder how many people on the inside feel like this, lack of leadership and communication from squeenix

  • Judgephoenix

    Probably wanted him to make a IOS game. So much innovation in that department…..Anywhos I wish him well in his endeavors.

    • meiam

      They already made him do an IOS game…

      • Raos

        Wasn’t it developed by N-fusion and only supervised by the core team?

  • Dashiell A.T., esq.

    It’s a shame, considering that the “Western” games that SE has released in the past so many years have been some of their best in recent history. I hope this doesn’t cause serious problems down the line… #justgivemedxhr2

  • SirRichard

    The full Polygon report doesn’t paint a happy picture, along with all that we know of Square Enix’s recent failures and restructuring. It seems that the problems go much deeper than just extremely high expectations, weak leadership and a lack of a strong focus or plan of action would explain why Square Enix seems to spend most of its time milling about these days, occasionally knocking out a social game.

    I really hope they manage to sort this out, Square Enix really need to turn it around soon if they hope to avert any disasters.

    • Barrylocke89

      As much as I sometimes rag on the Square Enix of today, it really is sad to see a company that’s brought out a lot of great older games come to this. Especially since many of these older games are games that I’m only playing recently.

      • rurifan

        Square Enix has become too much of a lumbering monolith living off past glory. They need to fail and free up all those developer resources to be creative again in smaller companies.

    • LightningFarron19

      Haven’t they already been doing that with FF15, KH3, LR: FF13, FF10/10-2 remaster, FF14 ARR, Murdered Soul Suspect, Drakengard 3, Thief, and porting DQ 10 to the PC.

      Not to mention the Tomb Raider sequel they are going to come out with.

      • Ni

        FF15 is a 7 year old announced game already there’s nothing ‘new’ to be excited about
        KH3 we don’t know when it’s going to be released (and we know how SE is when a game doesn’t even have a release date and the said game is really early in development).
        LR wasn’t need if they didn’t “rebooted” the XIII story with XIII-2.
        X/X-2 is a attempt to make people have interest on the FF brand again since the XIII series made people desenvolve a aversion towards SE (well this is one of the factors), and get some money from the fans of one fo the most successful FF games
        Drakengard is a miracle
        DQX case isn’t all that surprising since it’s a MMO they were going to port to pc to drag more players to the game soon or later.
        Well…if ARR didn’t turned in a good game they would get fucked since they’re going to deal with two fiascos in roll of the same game.
        Murderer Souls and Thief I can’t talk about them since i don’t know anything about the games.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Imagine. A horrendously mismanaged Japanese publisher/developer is mismanaging it’s acquired European development assets too.

    • Raos

      If you read the interview it seems it’s a western side problem not japanese, his diferencies were with the european head (they manage Eidos Montreal)

  • FFmax

    Man Square Enix is a mess.

    • TheExile285

      I agree

    • LightningFarron19

      This guy is just whining about something that was taken care of long before this. Square already paid for this with financial loss and kicking Yoichi Wada off as president after the escapade from the over projection sales. Now everybody is jumping on the Square Enix Hate Train just when the Japanese side really showed that they were listening to their fans for the past few years. In fact, the new guy (Matsuda) reformed the company to make sure something like this would not happen again to either Square Enix or it’s child companies. What about the fact that the Square Enix development divisions have nothing to the sales and it’s just the now former upper management you had to worry about?

      Remember E3 2013? What was that list again? Oh yeah: FF15, KH3, LR: FF13, FF10/10-2 remaster, KH 1.5 REmix, FF14 ARR Deus Ex Human Revolution, Thief, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Deus Ex: The Fall and Mini Ninjas. They gave you guys EVERYTHING on a silver platter and a month later you guys stabbed SE in the back.

      Good to know that it’s fans have SUCH short term memory about anything good.

  • Juliano C

    S-E is very fucked and have done a lot of mistakes since the begining of this gen, it just a matter of if someone will buy then or they will shrink to irrelevance :/

  • SlickRoach

    I swear I thought he was Billy Mays when I first looked at the thumbnail. I guess my dream of an Oxi-Clean RPG is on hold yet again.

  • Kai2591

    so…what happens to future Deus Ex games? (gasp!)

  • enorka miho

    we can only hope for the best.. because eidos is one of the most respected company.. i really like dues ex… it would be a shame if they go down.. As for SE… i guess we should give them time.. i mean the change is recent and running a corperate that is already infested and partly rotten is no easy job… and there is still hope for SE as long as they have their western developers … i will continue to support them as long as they existed and make not only phone games..

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