Square Enix retires Eidos publishing label

Japanese pub consolidates operations in Europe and NA, confirming some headcount reduction; British company's name will live on through dev studios.

At the end of April, Square Enix concluded its acquisition of Eidos Interactive, a British publishing house that had fallen on hard economic times despite owning a number of top gaming properties. As part of the £84.3 million ($136 million) deal, Eidos was folded into the Square Enix Group, which also includes Square Enix's global game development-publishing arm, as well as 2005 acquisition Taito.

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Today, Square Enix revealed one more step in integrating Eidos into its global organization with the formation of Square Enix Europe (a moniker still to be finalized). Current Eidos CEO Phil Rogers will head up Square Enix Europe, and John Yamamoto will continue to lead Square Enix's North American arm.

As detailed in a statement provided to UK-based gaming site CVG, the new publishing label will combine Square Enix and Eidos' European publishing labels. Eidos' North American operations have also been impacted by this move, with the publisher saying that all publishing duties have been transferred to Square Enix in the region.

As a result of the move, Square Enix will be retiring the Eidos publishing label, though the venerable name will live on through the company's various development outfits. Square Enix also confirmed that the restructuring will result in an unspecified number of layoffs as redundant positions are consolidated in both Europe and North America.

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173 comments
dharmang1910
dharmang1910

I would very happy if eidos take over square enix instead of this!!!!!

jibaro_geo
jibaro_geo

Square dominated with their own franchise realm, mostly RPG. Owning now the EIDOS action IP's is as an expansion to their realm. But the question to ask is... would the future EIDOS games will retain the same grade of excitement & uniqueness.. Or we would be looking to new "good & nicer" teen de-graded Hitman & T.R. versions?

account_007
account_007

I know what you mean, it seems like all the fields of entertainment are being effected in this way. (Disney buying out Marvel) It is saddening to see these things happen because it takes away from something unique.

neuroboy
neuroboy

Are there any 'independent' developers or publishers left in the UK that haven't been swallowed up by the US/European/Japanese MDCs? Seems like everything is owned by about 3 corporations these days.

ceremiev
ceremiev

Tombraider RPG? Huaaaaagggggggggg

lecter38
lecter38

Thats realy sad, the eidos label was behind such great games; thief. soul reaver. hitman, and tomb raider.

Cygnus421
Cygnus421

Hitman: Midgar. I'm pretty sure thats why they merged.

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

Sounds to me that Square Enix is turning into a "dying hippo" in a sort of business term. Much like Disney and they bought in Pixar to sustain itself. Now a merged company as big as Square Enix needs Eidos to sustain itself. I definitely resent them dropping the Eidos label, a lot of really good games have been out over the years under that name.

bluenosepunk
bluenosepunk

I personally don't think that there's anything to worry about,though I've always loved the hitman games and don't want anything bad to happen to them.What we have to remember here is that they bought them for a reason,they have talented developers who make good games.Why would they want to disrupt that?

bluenosepunk
bluenosepunk

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MQ7
MQ7

i really want a hitman game on the ps3? does anyone know when the new hitman is coming out?

MQ7
MQ7

i really liked bloodmoney on the ps2

starduke
starduke

I know, they could make a Hitman game where 47 goes after all of the bosses from Final Fantasy. "47, our client wants you to take out a man called Kefka. According to our client he's totally insane and wants to destroy the world."

starduke
starduke

So, Square took over Edios and is now getting rid of the name. That's stupid, Edios is a name associated with a lot of great games, so that name has street cred. All Square is know for is Final Fantasy and Kindom Hearts. Well, maybe somthing good could come of this...I hope.

green_dominator
green_dominator

It seemed that all Eidos was doing is planting their name everywhere......that said, I'm not a fan at all of Square/Enix..... I'm not a big fan of Japanese Rpg's, Bioware does it better lol all I can say is I hope Hitman isn't affected by this merger......

revway
revway

Square Enix means nothing to me, Eidos, however, does.

Detrun
Detrun

I know it's already been said but I would love to see a new Legacy of Kain game or a more RPG type version of the franchise!

shawnyboy12
shawnyboy12

Eidos was awesome. I never played any of those Tomb Raider games except the earlier ones but Thief: The Dark Project was enough to redeem them (not financially) in my opinion. I hope this doesn't effect Thief 4 in any way... I can't wait.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I'd like to see a collabo between the east and the west for a Tomb Raider games.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

should have kept the edios name and retired the squneenix brand edios has a better record of not cranking out the same boring turn based garbage rpgs for the last 15 years.

Blu-Fan-Boy
Blu-Fan-Boy

Kingdom Hearts: Curse of the Kings Tomb loooooool

parhar67
parhar67

RIP eidos had some fun with your earlier gen games

diogocs94
diogocs94

I want to see a tomb-raider free-world to explore, Square Enix, please.

goodwillhunter
goodwillhunter

wow never new square was that big of a company in my oppinion eidos wasnt very great

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Eidos was always good but there was always something missing. It'd be funny to see a violent Kingdom Hearts.

Lyca
Lyca

Company consolidation = layoffs, it always has. This way the fat cats stay fat and the poor folk get...well you know the rest. This is a great advert for future talanted games developers in the UK as they will be knocking themselves out to get into this sector. NOT.

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

Where is Leagacy of kain and Hit man wth

Necros_21
Necros_21

I just wish they'd let Eidos Montreal talk about Deus Ex 3 and Thief 4... We need more info! Sad to see the Eidos logo go but I guess it's still better than nothing.

pureskull123
pureskull123

lol a hitman with the looks of final fantasy. super fail warrants a steal or piracy.

Suicide-Panda
Suicide-Panda

meh, personnally i hate eidos, games like conflict denied ops were terrible

xunhallowed
xunhallowed

@pakhair For some reason I got the impression that you were hating on Square Enix, my bad. I personally love Square Enix and hate Eidos, and I'm American, so take that for what you will, sorry about the comment.

joynul
joynul

Whos cares about a name change just get on with making a smash hit tomb raider and Hitman. Then we can judge whether it was a good move by Square Enix or not. At least we know the story will be better (well I hope).

bao_bao
bao_bao

@ Pakhair i fully agree with you!!!! Its the same in most of asia not only in Japan. Dissidia 2 with special guess Lara Croft ^_^

pakhair
pakhair

@xunhallowed I'm not trying flaming or trolling, im only giving my opinion, I'm an Asian & I know what our ppl like, most of times it slow & rpg type. Many ppl don't like action oriented games in japan. SE is Japanese company, So there games are highly Japanese influenced, Eidos games were made for American audience, So my point is that they shouldn't introduce Japanese elements in eidos games. SIMPLE :)...............

ldonyo
ldonyo

Sounds like a marketing mistake. Eidos has a lot of name recognition with gamers outside of Japan, especially for the Tomb Raider and Hitman fans.

TheBloodRed
TheBloodRed

I predict a much better Tomb Raider game coming in the future... but what of Crystal Dynamics? They are a part of Eidos but what if SE wants to push them off and do all the developing themselves?

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

Well Square Enix is big. They should be just fine.

Irishhitman27
Irishhitman27

wow eidos made some pretty good games, but Hitman is still in it and I hope these new guys step up to the plate

SonicRaptor
SonicRaptor

As long as they keep the anime out of Hitman: I'm happy.

Gblazer01
Gblazer01

NO!!!! T_T that kinda sucks.man, i remember playing the soul reaver games on the dreamcast like all day, good times....an im going to miss them...farewell eidos, u had a good run.

xabalba
xabalba

plzzz don't cancel deus ex 3, i'm begging u

marz311
marz311

Hopefully they don't cancel Deus Ex 3, that would be horrible.

Dreski83
Dreski83

If they are kicking the original company name aside, Square Enix will likely do the same to well known franchises from Eidos... that really sucks...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

MidnightKilla "A sad day indeed... Deus Ex 3 was announced awhile ago, why hasn't there been any news on it? I hope sure Square doesn't sully it with their grubby jrpg fingers." I absoloutely agree, same with Hitman 5 and Thief 4.