Eidos Montreal general manager resigns

[UPDATE] Stephane D'Astous leaves Deus Ex studio after six years; departure a result of "lack of leadership, lack of courage, and the lack of communication" at the company.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, D'Astous provided a statement to GameSpot on his departure from Eidos Montreal. His full comments are below.

"Since last year's financial short-coming performance of Square Enix Europe, we (HQ London and GM Eidos-Montreal) have had growing and divergent opinions on what needed to be done to correct the situation. 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. I realized that our differences were irreconcilable, and that the best decision was unfortunately to part ways."

The original story is below

Eidos Montreal general manager Stephane D'Astous has resigned from the Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Thief studio, he announced via Twitter recently.

"After building & leading the most important studio of the group, I'm announcing today my departure from Eidos/Square Enix!" he wrote.

Asked about what he plans to do next, he said, "Let's wait [until] this fall for more info."

D'Astous helped create Eidos Montreal, building it up from nothing to a multi-team outfit with more than 550 staff, according to his LinkedIn page.

Asked for comment, a Square Enix representative directed GameSpot to the company's strategic realignment announcement in late June.

Eidos Montreal recently released Deus Ex: The Fall and is currently working on Thief for current- and next-generation consoles and PC.

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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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Lawrencevanrijn
Lawrencevanrijn

with some glitchy prone games out there, the same is likely for Ubi-Soft and EA. So where will he go?

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

The question is, why do you need a staff of over 550 people then ultimately complain about not being able to communicate with all of them. Then he jumps ship? Seriously, wow. 

EvilSelf
EvilSelf

Hope it does not affect Thief's production, been waiting for a new take on this beloved genre for 10 years now.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Good riddance.

All this guy's studio made was the unbalanced mess that was Deus Ex:HR, which sucked so much it's getting rebalanced. Tomb Raider's multiplayer and the tablet Deus Ex game.

I had high hopes for Thief, but the moment I realized it was this studio making it, all hope was lost.

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

Hopefully Thief will still be a good game.

But it shows how effed up Square Enix is now when even major studio bosses like him leave the company because of the reasons he told.

The Downfall of SE has begun, and, as much as a Fan of Squaresoft I have been for their awesome Final Fantasy and countless other great JRPG Franchises in the past, I can't say I'm sad or worried to see SE going down the pipe like this now.

ethanm1834
ethanm1834

Sorry to see, but do what you need to do I suppose. I don't hold any ill will towards Eidos. I really enjoyed Tomb Raider, I felt that it was a very strong game. I'd like another one to follow up on that one.


As far as Square Enix... I don't know how I feel about the company. I am excited for some of their titles that are coming up. Mostly KH3 and FF15. So we shall see what time brings.

Hakkology
Hakkology

Bu... But.... But.... Thief _???? :(

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

If your games sell well enough and the crowd seems responsive enough...

Maybe just maybe the problem is you are spending too much money on promoting the product or just MAYBE the executives that are providing a lack of leadership (most don't anywhere) are overpaid.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I knew Square Enix was on a spaceship when they were upset about Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs not living up to their expectations, despite the fact that all of those game sold well. Especially Tomb Raider. Square has fallen so damn low.

senjutsu
senjutsu

Hum, I hope this will not affect future Deus Ex and Thief games... at least not affect them in a bad way.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Square Enix seems to have begun circling the bowl.

hadlee73
hadlee73

He demanded that they toss the ring into the fire, and they refused.

kagento
kagento

Caught me unawares! Just this month he was featured in Edge... SE, get your shit together.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Translation: We wanted to make another good Deus Ex game and Square Enix Eidos forced us to make shitty mobile games.

shingui5
shingui5

Is this the guy that pushed for Deus Ex: The Fall?

If so...i'm probably ok with this. 

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Mr D'Astous, sounds like you made the right decision. Ever since FFX I've been completely turned off by Square Enix, and Deus Ex kind of revitalized my interest for them, but recently when I learned that FF14(which looked decent from the trailers) was not coming out for X1 because of a silly reason, it seems to me Square Enix are back to making bad decisions.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

In other news, well-known videogame publisher rebrands itself as Seppuku Enix.

xMat7x
xMat7x

Don't worry. This guy will probably join Ubisoft Montreal or even WB Montreal. Help on Batman : Arkham Origins.

telaros
telaros

"lack of leadership, lack of courage, and the lack of communication"

That just about sums up Square Enix for ya. Unless your game fails to sell 5 million, then you'll get ALL the 'communication' you didn't wish for or deserved :p

QTEseven
QTEseven

Why Square Enix keep let this happen?

EA,Ubisoft,Activision,don´t let this happen.

diskotheque
diskotheque

I hope Eidos Montreal is somehow able to carry on, or even build upon, the quality and integrity that D'Astous helped to create. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is one of my favorite games of all time on any system, so I have to admit I'm a bit worried about what will happen to the series now that D'Astous is no longer around. =(

powerdesignkid
powerdesignkid

I thought this article was about Wolverine. But that was just from looking at this story's photo on the GS home page.

decoy1978
decoy1978

Its probably because Deus Ex didn't sell 200 million copies in its first month as forecast by SE ..... -_-

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

Wow if that's what was going on with Square...things are looking bleak for the future of Eidos and Deus Ex.

vkris91
vkris91

@Bellum_Sacrum 
Uhh you obviously tried it while you were drunk or something
it didnt suck and it wasnt unbalanced... furthermore they're not rebalancing it, what are you even talking about? link? 

qq more
eidos montreal makes awesome games, stahp hating cause you suck at them 

jecomans
jecomans

@SavoyPrime  I don't get how they ever thought Tomb Raider was going to sell 5-6 million? There just isn't any reason they should think that. I love that game and its so damn pretty, but for themselves they needed to budget $20-30 million less for it.

Canadianloki
Canadianloki

@senjutsu  Oh, it will.

See Square Enix wants Deus Ex to be a mobile game now. They are ruining everything.

Kyere
Kyere

@Thanatos2k More hilariously, it's an adaptation of the book MOST OF US HAVE READ OR KNOWN ABOUT BY NOW. The book was good as it was written by the game's lead writer (James Swallow).

But Square Enix's logic behind mobile games is fucked up: "If there's a hole, we'll fuck it."

telaros
telaros

@shingui5 Sqaure Enix is the one pushing for mobile gaming. The CEO who 'left' Square, later reemerged as a now Board of Directors. His dog, assistant, is now pushing for that same person's ideals.

If you want the ones responsible to exit Square? Good luck, those guys are doomed to fail and believe that creating games in high definition is a waste of money and effort. All from the mouth of the CEO themselves.

It's a dieing company struggling to get back in the graces of its fans.

senjutsu
senjutsu

@Alucard_Prime What are you even talking about? Square-Enix did not MAKE Deus Ex, they simply bought the studio who make them (Eidos). I don't see your point with SE and Eidos and FFX (what the hell are you talking about?).

Also, FF14 can't go on xbox because of Microsoft, not because of SE... They wanna sell more, they WANT to be on xbox, they already said it, but microsoft doesn't want multiplatform games anymore... 

PS: Square-Enix is only a Publisher, check the name of the studios/dev (including the actual guys who work on the games), just talking about a super big publisher doesn't mean much.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

@Alucard_Prime The silly reason that MS will not allow cross platform play for the game when its being done on 3 other platforms? Its SE's fault that MS expects a dedicated XBox server for the game that only XBox users can play on?

senjutsu
senjutsu

@QTEseven What are you talking about? EA is the worst company on earth, and they take TONS of bad decisions, like... all the time. Ubisoft is starting to get evil too, and activision is lucky to have the big shooters (Modern Warfare, Call of Duty).

SKErwin
SKErwin

@QTEseven All the companies have bad moments once in a while

xMat7x
xMat7x

@diskotheque There is still Jean-François Dugas and Jonathan Jacques-Belletête. Those guys were the real reasons why Deus Ex : HR was amazing.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

@JohnMafia Never in my life have I heard of a game not being developed for a certain console because of the lack of cross-console play. They could have probably tried harder to bring it to the Xbox without that feature, but I guess they don't think it's worth the effort. Again, no big loss.....they have a lot of work to do to impress me after FF13....sorry I meant FF13 in my first post too.

xMat7x
xMat7x

@Deadly_Nemesis@xMat7xWell I'm sure he wants to stay in Montreal. There are a shit ton of major gaming studios there. On top of Ubisoft and WB he can also join EA Montreal or BioWare Montreal (Help on the next Mass Effect game).

QTEseven
QTEseven

@SKErwin Not Square Enix for Sure,

They are just throwing money away!.

xMat7x
xMat7x

Yeah, most people at Eidos Montreal worked at Ubisoft Montreal previously.


xMat7x
xMat7x

@vkris91 @xMat7x @diskotheque Yeah. I just hope Eidos Montreal is working on the next Deus Ex. It's been 2 years now since Human Revolution came out and we haven't seen anything. Not even a screenshot.