Former Eidos Montreal Boss Leaves Due To “Irreconcilable” Differences With Square Enix

The former head of Eidos Montreal, Stephane D’Astous, has left the company after saying his relationship with Square Enix, who run the Eidos studios, had become “irreconcilable.”

Stephane D’Astous, who during a company reshuffle last month was reassigned to a new post, released a statement saying that since the reveal of the poor financials has led to differing opinions between studio and publisher on how to deal with the problem.  That wasn’t the only criticism.


“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.”

Of course this is just one side of the argument, but it can’t be denied that Square Enix are struggling following a $134 million loss last fiscal year.

Source: Develop



  1. I suspect that Square will not invest in a full deus ex game…
    Much crapware ahead for Squeenix.

  2. No, we can’t deny SquarEnix’s lack of courage and lack of originality by launching bland mobile versions of great games.

    • Square are the only publisher releasing multiple great single player games each year. They are my favourite developer at the moment.

      • SE definitely made some huge mistakes this gen.
        Their most recent failure was Tomb Raider’s sales projection. The game is internally considered a failure with “only” 3,X million copies sold instead of the 5 million that they expected. The game has yet to drop out of the UK top 10 since release!
        Hitman Absolution suffered a similar fate.
        I’m not even going to touch on the subject of the Fabula Nova Crystalis series and how that affected long time fans’ opinion towards SE.
        SE now wants to focus on mobile games more than ever (from their earnings call or something like that) which is not the direction core fans want SE to go.
        I really love SE but it’s very apparent that they are slipping. No longer are they the developer / publisher that can’t fail.
        In my eyes they are Disney’s Hercules. They were invincible but have been poisoned and are now vulnerable.
        I hope FFXV hits it out of the park… If not? Well, there’s always FFXVI in 2025, right?

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