Kotaku has uncovered that Eidos Montreal has laid off 27 employees today. These layoffs come just a week after the release of the reboot of Thief, which was met with incredibly mediocre receptions from reviewers and gamers a like.
Square Enix, Eidos’ parent company gave Kotaku the following statement a few hours after the story ran: “Yes it is true we’ve let 27 people go today, 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. We’re trying to re-locate as many people as possible into other roles here or at our other studios and we’ve been in touch several studios in Montreal to arrange a career day for those affected by this. We’re very thankful for all their hard work and we sincerely wish them well.”
The studio is known to have a new Deus Ex game in production for next-gen consoles, and was rumored to have cancelled a game back in October that was related to Square Enix’s work, but those rumors have never been confirmed. How today’s layoffs will effect future games from Eidos, like Deus Ex or a potential Thief sequel, is unknown, but we wish the best for all those who lost their jobs today.
by, Bobby Marquardt