Square Enix Announce Management Changes To Their Studios


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.”


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.