Eidos Montreal founder and general manager Stephane D’Astous has resigned from Square Enix, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for his departure.
“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,” said D’Astous.
“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.”
D’Astous explained that while Square has some impressive IPs on its side, the company needs to learn how to sell their games.”
“We have great games that could have sold more,” said D’Astous. “They need to attack that very, very seriously. Last year was supposed to be a home-run season, but we didn’t hit a single home run; maybe a double or a triple, but they weren’t home runs.”
Eidos Montreal is in charge of the development of Square Enix’s Deus Ex franchise, and is currently working on the Thief reboot, and despite his departure, D’Astous is confident regarding the upcoming release.
“The new team and producer has turned the corner and they’re doing a good job. That is one of my biggest regrets, not to be at the head of the studio that would deliver Thief.”
For the previous financial year. Square Enix also reported a loss, followed by the resignation of CEO Yoichi Wada.
D’Astous said his replacement will be David Anfossi, current Eidos Montreal studio head and producer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: The Fall.