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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
GOOD move made by Square .....I am happy that Eidos and Square are reviving old games like Thief , Deus Ex and Hitman
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.
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!
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.
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.
Agent47 Future founder of modern time Assassin Creed. Desmond would do well to follow his teachings.
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.
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
Eidos are great developers in my opinion, I also really enjoy Hitman. Will be looking forward to this one and Tomb Raider.
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.
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.
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.
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