Eidos Montreal Founder Says He’s Heard Rumors That Sony Will Buy Square Enix Tokyo

As previously revealed, Square Enix has sold Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal to Embracer Group. GamesIndustry.biz spoke to Eidos Montreal founder Stephane D’Astuse about the topic and what the developer’s relationship with Square Enix has been like.

Eidos Montreal sale

While D’Astous was surprised by the sale price ($300 million), the Eidos Montreal founder wasn’t too surprised by the outcome of the studio’s relationship with Square Enix, saying the roots of its demise were apparent even before he left. Company in 2013.

“It was a trajectory that could have been predicted,” he told GamesIndustry.biz. “I left because the headquarters lacked some things. to Eidos [pré-Square Enix] Has a long tradition of development teams, but they do not have superior knowledge of how to market their games. And it was very clear. “

“You can see all the great games that Eidos has made, and more Robber of tombs It was a completely different era at that time killer And all this could have been a six, seven, eight million unit project. Computer game Deus Ex It could have been that too. We did good numbers, don’t get me wrong, but I always felt that the way Eidos used to sell games was so traditional and conventional. Which was not groundbreaking. And he always underestimated the quality of the games.”

Marvel’s Avengers

D’Astous was also present when Square Enix and its studio Crystal Dynamics signed a multi-project deal with Marvel that eventually led to Marvel’s Avengers and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – which, while well received by critics, “fell below initial expectations,” according to Square Enix.

“Maybe at that time [em que o acordo foi assinado] Superheroes were a big thing. It still is, but there is superhero fatigue. And especially in games – very few will succeed with superheroes. There’s always Batman [dos] Rocksteady guys. Here is Spider-Man. But among those that have, the success rate for superhero games isn’t great. “

“Maybe it was the easiest solution. They might have thought that a superhero game would be easier to sell than a normal game.

Sony will buy Square Enix

D’Astos commented on rumors of Sony’s purchase of Square Enix.

“If I read between the lines, Square Enix Japan was not as committed as we initially expected. And there are rumors, of course, with all this M&A activity that Sony really wants to own Square Enix. I’ve heard rumors that Sony said they’re really interested in Square Enix Tokyo, but not the rest. I think so [o CEO da Square Enix, Yosuke] Matsuda-san named it like a garage sale.”

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