Eidos Montreal General Manager Stephane D’Astous Resigns
I don’t know if anyone would call Eidos Montreal paradise, but there’s definitely trouble brewing at the studio. Today, Eidos Montreal’s General Manager Stephane D’Astous announced that he had departed from the studio as of last Friday.
In a statement provided to Polygon, D’Astous, who helped found the studio in 2007, said that he had resigned from the company due to irreconcilable differences between Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Europe.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The studio was responsible for developing Deus Ex: Human Revolution and most recently released Deus Ex: The Fall for the iOS. The studio has spent the past five years working on a reboot to the Thief franchise, which Polygon reports has been “mired in corporate politics and stalled by the departure of numerous development team members.”
Last month, Eidos Montreal’s parent company Square Enix underwent a massive restructuring, which saw leadership changes across the board. Judging from the resignation of D’Astous, Eidos Montreal has no doubt been affected by the changes—perhaps negatively.
We will update this story as it develops.