A new Deus Ex game is reportedly in early development at Eidos Montreal. As reported by Bloomberg, the studio is not only developing a new Deus Ex game but also working on a new, unannounced IP and collaborating with Microsoft on Xbox games including the upcoming Fable reboot from Playground Games.
Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reports that Eidos Montreal are quite busy right now. A new Deus Ex game is in the “very very early” stages of development, meaning it’s likely years off from release. Alongside it, the studio is also working on a new IP that was “recently rescoped”, and is also working closely with Xbox to assist in the development of Fable, which has been having its fair share of problems for over a year now.
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Embracer Group recently acquired Square Enix’s Western studios including Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics, which is currently working on the next mainline Tomb Raider game. Square Enix off-loaded its Western division for $300 million, a moderately low sum considering the talent and treasure trove of IPs involved. The company stated that this was done to fund its efforts on blockchain and NFTs, though nothing has come of those aspirations since.
The last Deus Ex game, Mankind Divided, released in 2016 to mostly positive reviews. Collectively, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Mankind Divided have sold over 12 million units, despite the latter seemingly underperforming in its initial sales.
Eidos Montreal received massive recognition for its work on last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which went on to be rated as one of the best games of 2021.
Bloomberg also reported that Embracer Group will be closing Hitman Go studio Onoma, or formerly Square Enix Montreal, with some employees being offered roles at the sister studio Eidos Montreal. The studio was largely responsible for a number of free-to-play games including Hitman Go, Hitman Sniper, Lara Croft Go, Deus Ex Go, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and more.