Embracer hits Eidos Montreal with layoffs & reportedly cancels a Deus Ex game

As Embracer continues its cost-cutting efforts, Eidos Montreal is the latest to feel those cuts.

Image via Eidos Montreal
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A couple years ago, Eidos Montreal joined Embracer Group alongside Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix Montreal, and it was rumored that Eidos Montreal had begun work on a new Deus Ex game following the deal. Unfortunately, the tides turned for Embracer since and that game may never see the light of day. It has been announced that that Eidos Montreal is the latest of the Embracer studios to face layoffs, and the Deus Ex game it was working on may have been canceled.

The layoffs and the Deus Ex game cancellation at Eidos Montreal were first reported via an article from Bloomberg, which claims to have spoken with sources familiar on the matter. According to the report, Embracer moved to cancel a Deus Ex game that hadn't been announced, but came up in rumors at the end of 2022. This apparently coincided with now-confirmed layoffs that saw a large group of employees cut from the company alongside the project. Eidos Montreal will instead be tasked with focusing its efforts on developing an original IP.

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It was rumored in late 2022 that Eidos Montreal was working on a new Deus Ex game that was allegedly canceled in recent Embracer Group layoffs.
Source: Eidos Montreal

Eidos Montreal, Crystal Dyanmics, and Square Enix Montreal were acquired by Embracer Group in May of 2022, after original owner Square Enix found its Western studios to be lacking in performance against executive expectations. It seemed like a chance for these studios to get a fresh start and prove themselves, but then Embracer shuttered Square Enix Montreal entirely. Things turned even more sour for Embracer when a $2 billion deal fell through, which has since forced the game publishing group to enter into its current cost-cutting phase to try to survive.

For its part, Eidos directly addressed the layoffs, revealing that, indeed, 97 employees had been let go from their positions in development, administrative, and support positions within the studio. The statement can be seen below:

Eidos Montreal statement on its layoff of 97 employees
According to Eidos Montreal, exactly 97 employees have been laid off from developmental, administrative, and support teams.
Source: Eidos Montreal

Eidos Montreal is hardly the first to face layoffs, even this year. The loss of a possible Deus Ex game stings as well, but hopefully those affected will find their footing elsewhere. Stay tuned as we continue to follow for the latest updates and news on this story.

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    January 29, 2024 10:35 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Embracer hits Eidos Montreal with layoffs & reportedly cancels a Deus Ex game

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      January 29, 2024 9:08 AM

      More Embracer BS

      Canceled Deus Ex game 2 years in development and layoffs at Eidos

      https://x.com/jasonschreier/status/1752015148213064092

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      January 29, 2024 10:39 AM

      Sad times. I loved GotG and the Deus Ex games.

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      January 29, 2024 10:49 AM

      fuck youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Embracer 😡

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      January 29, 2024 11:32 AM

      Embracer, more like Decoupler.

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      January 29, 2024 12:03 PM

      /article/138494/embracer-cancels-deus-ex-eidos-montreal-layoffs

      I hadn't seen this. Apparently they had been working on this game for over two years? Good ol' Embracer Group.

      https://embracer.com/about/

      Embracer Group is a global group of entrepreneurial businesses in the gaming and entertainment industry.

      Through our decentralized operating model, we provide entrepreneurs and teams with the resources they need to succeed and unleash their full potential. Within our Group synergies are created through shared knowledge and collaboration. Our diverse businesses are our strength.

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      January 29, 2024 12:40 PM

      This is the one I've been fearing since this shit show started.

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      January 29, 2024 1:05 PM

      GOD FUCKING DAMMIT

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      January 29, 2024 1:13 PM

      Weren't we all excited that Embracer was saving a bunch of game properties we loved? What happened? Did I black out again?

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        January 29, 2024 3:17 PM

        this happened: /article/136651/embracer-group-2-billion-usd-deal-savvy-gaming

        or more accurately the deal didnt happen.

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        January 29, 2024 3:27 PM

        Nope. I was always bewildered at where the money was coming from for a completely unproven company to hoover up all these studios and properties, and what their actual business plan was.

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          January 29, 2024 5:07 PM

          turns out it was to fire everybody and sell all the video cards and aeron chairs

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        January 29, 2024 5:11 PM

        I rarely applaud consolidation in the video games space.

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          January 29, 2024 5:12 PM

          I feel you but it's hard not to be excited for somebody picking up the Deus Ex IP you know? So this double sucks

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        January 29, 2024 6:31 PM

        I was foolishly hopeful that they'd make a few cool new games in franchise I liked that werent being made at the time. It was based on nothing but my dreams

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        January 29, 2024 7:41 PM

        Nah, World War: Z turned to shit immediately after Embracer acquired them. I'm still nervous because Embracer owns Ghost Ship Games, developers of my beloved Deep Rock Galactic.

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        January 29, 2024 8:25 PM

        What happened is the investors that were propping up their acquisitions pulled out of the deal when it was time for them to officially buy out Embracer.

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          January 29, 2024 8:25 PM

          ^^^and Embracer didn’t have a Plan B.

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      January 29, 2024 3:41 PM

      Any word on their other studios?

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      January 29, 2024 3:52 PM

      We're in the bad timeline :(

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