Eidos life president leaves

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Eidos life president Ian Livingstone has left the Deus Ex and Tomb Raider studio after more than 20 years with the company, it was announced today on the Square Enix blog.

"Ian is one of the original founding fathers of the UK games industry and is setting out on a new chapter to focus more time on the important projects he is working on outside of Square Enix," the company said.

This includes establishing The Livingstone Foundation to open Free Schools and Academies, an initiative that aims to foster creativity, collaboration, coding, and problem-based learning. The program also seeks to help establish games as an education tool.

In addition, Square Enix said Livingstone will "remain active" in the industry, serving as both an advisor and an entrepreneur for social and mobile games. No specific projects were announced.

On top of helping establish Eidos and launch brands like Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Deus Ex, Livingstone cofounded iconic role-playing game company Games Workshop.

Livingstone's role as life president at Eidos saw him working in public affairs, giving talks around the world, and working closely with the United Kingdom government. He is also credited with playing a significant role in the recent production tax credits submission for the UK game industry.

"We're not saying a full goodbye as we're hopeful we will get to work with Ian on some future projects," Square Enix said. "But all of us at Square Enix do want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Ian for his unparalleled tenure and contribution to this business and the UK games industry. And we wish him every success with his future projects and new ventures."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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23 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

So, he's now their (Deus) Ex life president :P.

kohle36
kohle36

Good. Now he can get back to writing Fighting Fantasy books.

onixevil
onixevil

Ahhhh. Next gen have always been  looking weirder without legends .

raddys2001
raddys2001

Dear Sqauresoft appreciate the people at Eidos for the games that they created compared to your own thank you

PeejayYeh
PeejayYeh

Good luck Mr. Livingstone! And looking forward for another magnificent Tomb Raider in the near future! ;DDD

toshineon
toshineon

That's a shame. Eidos was a really great company, responsible for some of the best games I know of.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

First, thanks to Mr. Livingstone for making Eidos what it is today!

Secing, I REALLY hope he's not replaced with some mindless yesman by SE.  I'd hate to see this legacy tarnished by shortsightedness at SE.

LuzerGS
LuzerGS

First time I heard of you Mr. Livingstone, wish I heard earlier; you seem like a stand-up guy! Thanks for your hard work!

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

I hope he wasn't forced out due to SE blaming their recent failures on Eidos even though all they did was make great games that were successful critically and financially (with realistic standards) while under them.

nishanth12
nishanth12

I'd like to whole-heartedly thank him for not turning the company into some money grabbing, non-innovating, annually milking company like EA or Activision. I guess that's enough to have a good karma in the industry these days unfortunately.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Good luck on your ventures Mr. Livingstone.

DyranLK
DyranLK

Sounds like a good guy; hope he makes the best of his future endeavors!

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Kudos to him for such a great carrier. 

Stebsis
Stebsis

I loved his and Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy books, hopefully he'll still make more of those

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Ian, you have reached a fork in the road:

If you want more Tomb Raider turn to 19

If you want more Zagor turn to 400

Shakezulah
Shakezulah

Sad to see a man of his stature leave, but good for him. He's accomplished quite a bit for the industry and has a lot to be proud of. Hopefully his legacy won't be tarnished by giving Square-Enix reign over all the Eidos IPs.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

With him gone, Square Enix can finally dedicate all their resources to butchering established IPs one game at a time.  First Tomb Raider, then Hitman, and now Legacy of Kain!  Who cares about single player games with a rich lore and backstory and top tier voice actors such as Simon Templeman?   Why bother with focusing on what makes the series great and instead just butcher every thing entirely by turning it into a F2P multiplayer title exclusively for the P-FUCKING C?!

....Sorry, I had to vent. 


SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

What top eidos game has become a f2p PC exclusive? Infact what square enix game has done that at all?

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@bunchanumbers tell me you are not drinking the kool aid on that. $999 and they are just cheap gaming pc's not consoles you can build your own gaming rig for a similar price and have better graphics.