Square Enix, Eidos collaborating on new project

First joint venture between Japanese company and new subsidiary being undertaken at Deus Ex 3, Thief 4 development house in Montreal.

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In July, Square Enix retired the Eidos publishing label, having purchased the UK-based outfit as part of an initiative to better tap into the global audience earlier this year. However, Eidos' studios remain active. The development arm is currently at work on new installments in such Western franchises as Hitman, Tomb Raider, and Thief--games that will join upcoming Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest projects bearing the Square Enix moniker.

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As could be expected, though, Square Enix's development teams and Eidos' studios will be doing some intermingling going forward. On hand at the Montreal Games Summit today, UK gaming magazine Develop reports that Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada has confirmed that the company's first game to bear influences from both the Japanese developer and its British subsidiary is in development at Eidos Montreal.

The new Eidos Montreal project "would be the first collaboration between Square Enix and Montreal," Wada reportedly told summit attendees. "We would like to be able to create a new title that is made by the group as one." Wada reportedly went on to note that the new project is still largely in a gestation phase, and he did not indicate whether or not it would be an original property.

Founded in February 2007, Eidos Montreal is currently known to be working on to other high-profile projects. In November 2007, Eidos revealed that the Canadian studio was crafting Deus Ex 3, which is due in fall 2010. In May of this year, Eidos Montreal announced that development was under way on another of its classic franchises, Thief 4.

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147 comments
phv86
phv86

Hitman, Thief and Deus Ex are all stealth and great games

piyush18
piyush18

Really a huge fan of Thief series.... Just love to play it. Waiting eagerly for Thief 4....

benny1366
benny1366

the Thief 3 was well done but i hope that i see more Assassin creed bcuz assassin creed was made from Thief 3 !

iAmNelson
iAmNelson

huge thief fan. lets just hope there is ; - no: 3rd person view (just peer around the corner) - no: quick time events - no: dagger ( sword for self defence - dagger is not needed you are not an assassin) - no: health regen - Much less free running (it should be nothing like assassins creed, although climbing a bit more would be nice) - yes: huge open world city (or multiple)- with lots of interiors (no loading to a new area to get away from guards) - yes: infamy rating (so guards don't instantly recognize you and come after you unless you are trespassing) - yes: rope arrows - yes: blackjack - yes: intelligent enemies - yes: higher difficultly (less killing more stealing etc) basicly, updated thief 2 would be perfect

Noctisversus
Noctisversus

C'mon.. Whats wrong with you guys? Just because you dun like JRPG doesn't mean that SE is bad in game designing at all. Please do not be bias.. Did too much gaming make you become so narrow minded? Just like kdawg88 says SE + eidos may give new elements to western games as it start to feel more and more generic.. And With SE high graphic skills and Eidos's brain.. I think both of them are gona be kick ass..

green_dominator
green_dominator

I'm glad to see Thief 4 is going to be developed...... I just hope it has some of the same voice actors for the guards and such, The comedy that people on the street and guards presented in the last 3 games was the life of the series not to mention the fun missions......

kdawg88
kdawg88

I don't know what to say...who would've thought we'd see Deus Ex touched by Japan? On the one hand it could be beneficial for story based elements of the game, on the other hand...it could completely screw the project, assuming that it was going to be a good game in the first place. Again...I don't know what to say.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I remember playing the original Thief on my old PC and being blown away by the light dynamics and the stealth elements, DEUS-EX also blew me away with the in depth gameplay and variety of elements involved (stealth, puzzle solving, upgrades, etc), my only hope is that the original developers are involved.

klod25
klod25

Nothing beats DEUS EX!!:)

Gammet25
Gammet25

This could be pretty damn epic for someone liek square enix and edios, lets wait and c 8D

muaythaisoldier
muaythaisoldier

I LOVE the thief series. First games I ever modded. I DO NOT trust Square Enix to make a game for Americans worth playing. There was a time when they excelled at great games. In the last decade they have spent too much time watching anime and us westerners cannot follow their storyline shanangians. Expect Thief by square to be all about saving the world and finding crystals, rescuing princesses, and riding giant chickens. BTW everyone knows deus ex 2 was a friken greek tragedy.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Ooh, Deus Ex 3 and Thief 4! Maybe SE it will make something worth while for a change....as long as the PC version isn't so riddled with indications of a lazy port. Other then that I can't wait as these are two great game series that I would love to see in action with the possibilities of my current PC specs. ~grin~

TheMadSpin
TheMadSpin

I still think that, for the most part, Square Enix is at least trying for quality. They don't always make it, but they aren't lazy. Let's not forget that Square was the publisher for the Japanese edition of Batman: Arkham Asylum. Arkham Asylum alone makes me convinced that the guys at Eidos still have the chops needed to make great games and that Square will stay out of the way as they make them. You don't even have to draw a crooked line to figure out how Thief and Batman are cousins set in different eras. Still, my big worry with both franchises is that the guy I think of as most responsible for their success is currently in Texas working on the next Mickey Mouse game. Maybe I'm only biased as a fellow Texan--but maybe I'm a little nervous about two incredibly narrative games being so far removed from their origins. Doesn't mean I'm not excited--I just picked up a copy of Deus Ex: Invisible War via Steam so that I can play through it again before the sequel hits.

Evilnator
Evilnator

I just wish this doesnt mean square enix will be allowed to screw with Thief, hitman, deus ex, and soul reaver/blood omen. I really hope so. Nothing like Garrett going to steal pokeballs, as someone stated below..Great comment by the way.

_Piranha_
_Piranha_

EIDOS games in the world_: Hitman, Tomb Raider, Commandos, Deus Ex and Thief... Can't wait for THIEF IV and COMMANDOS 4 !!! absolutely be done certainly be done !!!

Shadow_jdct
Shadow_jdct

I don't get angry very often, but MagicTestacle you've really set a new standard for ignorance. If you don't have anything but ill-informed, stereotypical garbage to share with us, maybe don't bother next time.

dylan417
dylan417

please be Kingdom Hearts 3.

Gabe447
Gabe447

Hitman,Deus ex and thief, 3 of my favorite game series getting the jrpg treatment, nooooooooooooooo!!

reaver-x
reaver-x

Tomb Raider RPG confirmed =)

MagicTestacle
MagicTestacle

And I won't even describe Garret-son, the thief, who decided to collect pokemons instead of money...

MagicTestacle
MagicTestacle

Here's a conversation from a cinematic in Deus Ex 3 by SE: Nakamuro, the Dragon Warrior of Zuzu, the sun princess who killed the father of Suzuki, the robot god of computers, who gave birth to Lau, the magician of Fecal Domination, says, to himself: "I must go now, where to? Giant forest, PROTECT ME! Master Hiroshi trained me and killed my friend, I must avenge my step sister. But HOW?!". - goes nuts, striking the air, showing his martial arts skills to the wind. - suddenly, a tiny happy rabbit like creature enters the area, and says: Chi Ku WAAWAWA!!! - Then an old man in a kimono enters, eyes closed, faced down, and speaks: "This is not your fault, he killed one of my twins for money, mushrooms are not to blame, only HONOR!" - then they fight. That's your new story. Let's all hold hands and pray to the sun princess that they won't let an actual Japanese guy go near the studio...

gracideadude012
gracideadude012

It should be Kingdom Hearts III !!!:? Hope they make it soon.

DOF_power
DOF_power

I'm really worried about Deus Ex 3

mightycloud
mightycloud

At least Square are working with Eidos, and not just consuming them and spitting them out the other side. It'd be nice if Square let them get on with their normal games, but be there if they wanted any advice (or people) if they decided to do an RPG or something. Ideal situation - Legacy of Kain RPG!!! Now that would be awesome.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Just hope DE3 is still being designed by Warren Spector.

abbnormmal
abbnormmal

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Deus-Ex, was originaly a thinking mans FPS, was one of the first games ever to introduce real time lighting as a way to evade enemies (think Thief was the first), i want a strategic, stealthy, immersive FPS, not a stupid eastern influenced run-jump-gun fest with silly dragons, spells and fairy dust.

guthwulf_de
guthwulf_de

Oh come on release Deus Ex already!!! I want it sooo much!!!

tony2077ca
tony2077ca

SE isn't that bad they may make it better god hoping

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Deus-Ex 3, i really, really cant wait, just hope SE dont have any influence in it.

HaLoMaStErJT
HaLoMaStErJT

that sounds awesome Deus Ex 3 sounds like a promising game

GrayFox_360
GrayFox_360

I heard that square enix bought Tomb Raider ...

tony2077ca
tony2077ca

i want to know what square enix is doing don't really care about the other games

hahamanin
hahamanin

deus ex3 is certainly gonna be the game of the year for the rest of the world.......if it doesnt turn out to be Japanese game of the year

PenthiusX
PenthiusX

Finally Deus ex 3 and thief 4 !!! I really hope they delever us worthy sucessors to these classic games..

C00LK1DjeromE
C00LK1DjeromE

im sure eidos can help ALOT with the FFVersusXIII and KingdomHearts3 Engine!.. :D

Nodashi
Nodashi

@Shtinky Exactly what crossed my mind. Gosh, I'm so tired of that ridiculous J-RPG design, they even infected games I love like Soul Calibur 4 and Tekken 6.

Quinzark
Quinzark

a new Thief game would be cool actually :) a point to all who are saying things like 'oh no this means Lara croft will have pink hair' or 'this will ruin the *insert game name here*' No it wont, they will keep the teams working on what there good at. for E.g. the Dragon quest series ( enix ) became much more globally successful since merging with squaresoft & in my opinion is still a fantastic game. Arkum Asylum was an awesome game & Eidos needed a kick back into form.

CTR360
CTR360

make new sool reaver or blood omen game i want

mindgamers
mindgamers

Let's give 'em a shot, maybe some breakthrough in Deus Ex, at least something new expected like more cutscene in gameplay.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Deus Ex 3 will be the best game ever with next gen graphics, I can't wait any longer.

johnnyjh89
johnnyjh89

Kingdom Hearts 3!!! I wanna play it !!!!

tenakakhan
tenakakhan

For the love of all that's Holy, whatever you do, don't mess up Deus Ex 3 or Thief!!!!!!! Please!!!!!

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

Man I really wish Eidos would do something with Legacy of Kain. I loved that series even though the last few were so-so.

SAF64WII
SAF64WII

Lara Croft with FFX-2 japanese (j-pop) boobs that would be awesome!

SAF64WII
SAF64WII

Lara Croft with FFX-2 japanese (j-pop) boobs that would be awesome!

pitosga
pitosga

@phv86 They're not stealth games. They're better. At least, Deus Ex and Hitman, you may choose the subtle path. Or you may go all out, guns blazing. Though that better describes Hitman than Deus Ex, which is an RPG where you have more choices than just quiet or loud.