Eidos Montréal

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Eidos Montréal
Industry Video game industry
Founded2007;12 years ago (2007)
FounderStéphane D'Astous
Key people
Number of employees
500 (2018)
Parent Square Enix Europe
Website eidosmontreal.com

Eidos Montréal is a Canadian video game developer based in Montreal, Quebec. The studio is owned by Square Enix Europe (formerly Eidos Interactive), a subsidiary of Square Enix.

A video game developer is a software developer that specializes in video game development – the process and related disciplines of creating video games. A game developer can range from one person who undertakes all tasks to a large business with employee responsibilities split between individual disciplines, such as programming, design, art, testing, etc. Most game development companies have video game publisher financial and usually marketing support. Self-funded developers are known as independent or indie developers and usually make indie games.

Square Enix Limited, doing business as Square Enix Europe, is a British video game publisher, acting as the European subsidiary of Square Enix. The company was founded as Domark in 1984, named after the founders Mark Strachan and Dominic Wheatley. In 1995, the company was acquired by Eidos and was merged with two other studios and renamed Eidos Interactive the following year. Eidos was in turn acquired by SCi in 2005, and Eidos Interactive was sold to Square Enix in 2009. On 9 November 2009, Square Enix completed the merger of its existing European branch with Eidos Interactive, renaming the resulting company Square Enix Europe.



The studio was founded by Eidos Interactive (later renamed Square Enix Europe) in 2007, with Stéphane D'Astous appointed general manager. [1] According to D'Astous, unlike other video game development studios, Eidos Montréal's development cycle is characterized by smaller teams (totalling 350) working over a longer period. [2]

A general manager or GM is an executive who has overall responsibility for managing both the revenue and cost elements of a company's income statement, known as profit & loss (P&L) responsibility. A general manager usually oversees most or all of the firm's marketing and sales functions as well as the day-to-day operations of the business. Frequently, the general manager is responsible for effective planning, delegating, coordinating, staffing, organizing, and decision making to attain desirable profit making results for an organization.

The same year as its founding, the studio announced its first project: the third installment of the Deus Ex series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution , which was released in 2011. [3] In 2009, the studio announced its second project, the fourth installment of the Thief series. [4]

<i>Deus Ex</i> video game series

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<i>Deus Ex: Human Revolution</i> 2011 video game

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an action role-playing video game developed by Eidos Montréal and published worldwide by Square Enix in August 2011 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360: a version for OS X released the following year. It is the third game in the Deus Ex series, and a prequel to the original Deus Ex. The gameplay—combining first-person shooter, stealth and role-playing elements—features exploration and combat in environments connected to multiple city-based hubs, in addition to quests that grant experience and allow customization of the main character's abilities with items called Praxis Kits. Conversations between characters feature a variety of responses, with options in conversations and at crucial story points affecting how some events play out.

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On 4 March 2014, Square Enix announced that 27 employees were laid off from Eidos Montréal. [5] Stéphane D'Astous resigned from Eidos Montréal on 19 July 2013, citing irreconcilable differences with parent company Square Enix. [6]

On January 26, 2017, Eidos Montréal announced a partnership with Marvel Entertainment to create multiple video games based on the Avengers franchise. [7] As of May 2018, the studio has over 500 employees. [8]

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Games developed

2011 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360
2013 Tomb Raider Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2014 Thief Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 Rise of the Tomb Raider Microsoft Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2017 Deus Ex: Breach Microsoft Windows
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – VR Experience
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
TBD The AvengersProject [9] TBD

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