New Deus Ex Game Development Eidos Montreal

Eidos Montreal Hit With Layoffs – New Deus Ex Game Reportedly Scrapped

Embracer-owned studio Eidos Montreal has been hit with layoffs, the company confirmed yesterday in a statement. Almost 100 employees have been let go from the studio but according to reports, a new Deus Ex game that had been in development for around two years has also been cancelled as a result. The focus will now be on an original IP instead.

The statement from Eidos Montreal confirms that 97 employees were terminated, making the studio the next under Embracer Group to be met with layoffs. Embracer purchased the company from Square Enix (along with Crystal Dynamics) back in 2022 which gave fans hope that the talented studios would be able to operate without creative restraint under the new management. Unfortunately it seemed too good to be true and now Embracer is facing the consequences of its massive spending spree after snatching up so many companies and IPs.

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Most of the employees laid off at Eidos Montreal were apparently working on the unannounced Deus Ex game, according to a new report from Bloomberg. With the project now scrapped, most fans have taken to social media to criticise Embracer’s actions. The company is also facing backlash from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans after it laid off 50% of the workforce at Black Forest Games, the studio that was developing the highly anticipated game adaptation of TMNT: The Last Ronin.

Layoffs continue to plague the gaming industry after last year saw well over 6,500 jobs in the industry terminated. At the rate recent layoffs are going, that number might be surpassed in 2024. Microsoft recently terminated 1,900 employees across its gaming divisions including Xbox, Bethesda and Activision Blizzard, which was recently acquired by Microsoft for $69 billion. Valorant developer Riot Games also laid off around 530 people earlier this year as a result of studio restructuring.

Source: Eidos Montreal

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