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The former head and founder of Eidos Montreal has resigned his position and lashed out at Square Enix’s leadership in the process.
In a statement provided to Develop Stephane D’Astous lamented the “lack of courage and lack of communication” from higher-ups, and explained he left due to irreconcilable differences.
He stated, “Since last year’s financial short-coming performance of Square-Enix Europe, we (HQ London and GM Eidos-Montreal) have had growing and divergent opinions on what needed to be done to correct the situation.”
“The lack of leadership, lack of courage, and the lack of communication were so evident, that I wasn’t able to conduct my job correctly. I realized that our differences were irreconcilable, and that the best decision was unfortunately to part ways.”
Earlier this year Square-Enix handed responsibility for mobile and tablet games to Eidos Montreal, while D’Astous was moved to a new role focused on cross-studio operations. The executive producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, David Anfossi, stepped up to become head of Eidos Montreal at that time.
Best known for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the multiplayer mode in the Tomb Raider reboot, the studio’s most recent release was Deus Ex: The Fall for iOS devices and It is currently believed to be working on the fourth title in the Thief series.