In a short but sweet announcement, Eidos Montreal has stated that it “now owns the games it develops, such as the Deus Ex and Thief games.” The Canadian developer has also officially announced that it has “joined Embracer Group”, adding further confirmation that the deal between the two is final, as reported by our sister site PlayStationLifestyle. In May, the Sweden-based holding company acquired several studios including Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix Montreal. Included in the deal are IPs like Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain, both of which Crystal Dynamics recently announced they now own.
What will Eidos Montreal’s next game be?
The statement on the developer’s website is dry and direct, mentioning the updated Terms of Service and Privacy Notice in a no-nonsense legal sense. But it specifically mentions both Deus Ex and Thief in that order. Insider Jeff Grubb stated that Eidos Montreal “wanted to get right back in [Deux Ex].” However, in a Resetera thread discussing Grubbs’ comments, journalist Jason Schreier believes the prospect of a new Deus Ex game should be tempered, saying if it happens, “it won’t be for a very long time , be a very long time”.
Eidos Montreal’s other notable works are Shadow of the Tomb Raider, although as noted, Crystal Dynamics now controls the Tomb Raider IP, and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite critical acclaim and being on the shortlist for multiple GotY awards from various outlets, the Marvel game undersold sales as of February of this year, according to Square Enix’s financial results. Given the cost of obtaining the Marvel license, Eidos Montreal is unlikely to be working on a sequel to it.
So what is the developer working on? Scheier points out that “the game currently in development furthest at Eidos Montreal is a new IP.” What this new IP is is unclear, but hopefully it will provide a solid framework for possible Deus Ex and Thief games in the future.
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