Square Enix expanding in Montreal

More Hitman on the way as Deus Ex developer plans to add hundreds of new jobs, second Quebec-based studio; third "AAA" title confirmed.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution kicked off the holiday release season with a warm critical reception and more than 2.18 million units shipped, marking a successful launch for Eidos Montreal's first game. Now the Canadian development house is bringing on more staff to handle a new project and future titles in the Hitman series.

Don't believe it if Hitman: Absolution has Agent 47 supposedly coming back for "one last job."

Eidos Montreal's parent company, Square Enix, announced today that it will be creating 100 new jobs at the studio, with a new second Eidos Montreal studio opening in 2012 that is set to add another 150 jobs.

Set to open next year, the new studio will be led by Lee Singleton, current general manager of Square Enix London Studios, and it will collaborate with IO Interactive on future Hitman titles. Announced in May, Hitman: Absolution will be the first entry in the series since 2006's Hitman: Blood Money.

The expansion of the current Montreal studio will be put to work on a third "AAA" project outside of the Deus Ex and Thief franchises. Canadian Business reports the additional staff will also aid in research and development on next-generation consoles.

Quebec has become a hotbed for games development in recent years with new branches of THQ, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Funcom, and more breaking ground in the Great White North. Eidos Montreal's expansion will add to the already more than 8,200 video game-related jobs in Quebec, a number the Entertainment Software Associate of Canada says accounts for more than half of the Canadian industry.

For more on Hitman: Absolution, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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PrinceOstrava
PrinceOstrava

Good news indeed, they deserve this, Human Revolution was amazing.

zombehman
zombehman

Hopefully they are still hiring when I get out of college! It would be pretty cool to work on some of the games they have the licenses to, but we just got a new Deus Ex, now we get a new Hitman, whats next will developers also grace us with a new Earthbound and System Shock? The future looks bright enough

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

I want Deus Ex 3 (picking up where Deus Ex 2 left off). :)

tidusjeff
tidusjeff

Canadas protectionism doesn't seem to work well with silicon knights.

Lhomity
Lhomity

Generally speaking, its funny how sometimes people forget Eidos had a lot of quality IP under their belt before they were bought by Square-Enix. Forgetting about the Tomb Raider series, Legacy of Kain series, Timesplitters, or Arkham Asylum (before Warner Bros bought Rocksteady) to name just a few (though I admit i never liked Hitman much =/). Sure, there were a few stinkers in there (Hi Kane & Lynch), but they delivered plenty of memorable gaming experiences over the years and it made me very happy when Square-Enix acquired them. I have great confidence in Eidos' future, more than ever, and am still aching in anticipation for that new Tomb Raider joint next year. Can't wait. The Canadian Government has done well to provide incentives for developers while other countries are still failing to support business, large and small, in this ever-growing 100+ billion dollar industry. Canadians are attracting more Japanese, European and American developers and creating plenty of local jobs too - and the benefit to the Canadian economy will be a boon in years to come. Kudos to Canada. They've finally redeemed themselves from Celine Dion and Bryan Adams, and all is forgiven.

Granpire
Granpire

Great news for us Canadians. :) Moving there next year.

187umKILLAH
187umKILLAH

Great news! Now focus on making another great Deus Ex game please :)

CieloPerso
CieloPerso

Did they REALLY not get the real guy to voice act for 47? He still looks more like him than ever before. I don't get it.

gamerxxx89
gamerxxx89

though eidos has never given a blockbuster game i hope absolution will be...

pokecharm
pokecharm

glad to see at least one gaming company expanding instead of cutting jobs!

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

Only hearing the name of Square Enix causes me an allergic reaction, other than that it's very positive that they give jobs to the Canadian developers.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

Great news for Canadian developers :)

jollybest1
jollybest1

GOOD move made by Square .....I am happy that Eidos and Square are reviving old games like Thief , Deus Ex and Hitman

theoasis77
theoasis77

No surprise. I worked at Eidos Montreal. A lot of ex Ubisoft Montreal members there. Was quite small, so it was expected to make new jobs after DE HR. Thief should be great too, with DE HR stealth system + :) They take their time to make quality games, that's all it takes. Don't rush like Ubi, they really shot themselves in the foot this gen, killing off pop, Sc and many more.

shabulia
shabulia

Deus Ex: HR is a great game. I'm happy to see SquareEnix taking strong strides to support the people who made it. Growing the Montreal studio is a smart move. Way to go!

Elann2008
Elann2008

Eidos Montreal is shaping up to be a great studio. This is very good news indeed.

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

Any news from Eidos Montreal is good news! Those guys have definitely earned my respect. :D

firehawk998
firehawk998

Square did a wonderful job when they acquired Eidos and let them work on Deus Ex, the new Tomb Raider and the new Hitman game. Where Capcom is desperately trying hard to Westernize their IPs and thus alienating most of their fan base. Square did a very wise decision on buying Eidos and let them work on what they do best and not interfering much. Kudos Square I am looking forward to the new Hitman and Tomb Raider.

marcopolo426
marcopolo426

This is exactly how to create a sequel. It looks like all aspects off previous Hitman games are getting improved or revamped. I hope this turns out well.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

Agent47 Future founder of modern time Assassin Creed. Desmond would do well to follow his teachings.

slonekb05
slonekb05

wish they would expand into making a good final fantasy game

decoy1978
decoy1978

Im all for creating more jobs, but I wish they would have done so here in US. Regardless this has to be one of the better SE news of this year.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

If they keep the quality up then all will be well.

bobdimstar
bobdimstar

hey pay up square enix..u still owe me my ffv13

chilipalm
chilipalm

A new Thief game would be awesome! Bring back a real stealth game.

JJMikhail
JJMikhail

More Deus Ex games please...

Gakumba
Gakumba

Been waiting for the next installment of hitman for ages! Finally!

JDFS
JDFS

Yes! another great employer for when I'm out of college :) I hope they will hire anytime soon.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

@soulless4now That would be awesome. but I want another Deus Ex first.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Maybe they should let that studio reinvent FF too. >.>

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Square Enix's Western studios are pretty awesome.

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

deus ex, thief, and hitman... can't get more triple A than that in my opinion... unless it's a Metal Gear title i mean :P

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Well I hope they hurry up with Hitman now cause it's been way too long.

makryu
makryu

More Deus Ex now!

vaejas
vaejas

I've been meaning to visit Montreal. Wonder if they'll have recruiting days?

deadrock25
deadrock25

Corporations have more power than the government!

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

Eidos are great developers in my opinion, I also really enjoy Hitman. Will be looking forward to this one and Tomb Raider.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

its good and all to see some people get some chances to faind a job but i hope they dont ruin hitman games i really respect and love his games iQ are an out standing devs.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Square is dead to me.

Kaunte
Kaunte

I wonder if it's ever going to stop being weird seeing the Square Enix logo in my Hitman.

haedrianz
haedrianz

montreal is legit ! and hitman looks way better than i thought ...

finalserenade75
finalserenade75

Eidos! Very good news for the studio and for myself as well. Looking forward to Thief 4 and other titles. Hope this would mean these titles would come sooner.

moroumenos
moroumenos

Great news! Hope we'll see more top-quality games from this studio. @Mar044 Huh, just so you know, SQueenix never bought Tri-Ace studio. Tri-Ace is still fully independant.