Layoffs Confirmed at Eidos Montreal
Eidos Montreal is laying off a portion of its workers.
According to reports confirmed by Square Enix, Eidos Montreal has let go 27 of its employees. The firings come a mere week after the release of its much anticipated reboot of the Thief series. While it is fairly common for large developers and studios to let go of staff following the release of a major title, the game’s somewhat mixed critical reception could lead arguably to speculation that the layoffs were partly a result of the game’s disappointing performance.
According to a statement from Square Enix however, these layoffs are just a standard practice of business. “It is true we’ve let 27 people go today,” reads the statement. “Unfortunately it’s something that every major studio has to do sometimes in order to ensure you have the right set up for current and future projects. It’s never a nice thing to do but we are genuinely trying to offer as much support as much as we can.”
This support will include “trying to re-locate” affected staffers to new jobs under the Square Enix umbrella. The company is apparently also organizing a career fair to help its former employees find positions at other Montreal studios. “We’re very thankful for all their hard work and we sincerely wish them well.”