Posted by Chuck Corbin on Jul 24, 2013

Ex Eidos Montreal GM Resigns From Square Enix Over “Irreconcilable Differences”

Studio heads resigning from their posts isn’t exactly a rare event. In fact, it seems like just about every week or so there’s a report on some studio head leaving a company for one reason or another, and usually both sides of the break-up are civil to each other, heaping praise on the other party for their “integrity” or their “commitment to excellence”. The break-up between former Eidos Montreal head Stephane D’Astous and Square Enix, however, seems to be anything but civil.

D’Astous had been ousted from head of Eidos Montreal in June, and had taken on a new project at the time, but it hasn’t seemed to have worked out. He resigned from Square Enix yesterday, citing that “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 realised that our differences were irreconcilable, and that the best decision was unfortunately to part ways.”

Hearing about this resignation, and just how it was conducted has made me wonder about Square Enix’s future. After all, earlier this year the company was disappointed in the fact that the new Tomb Raider game they released last year failed to meet sales projections, despite the fact that the game had sold over 3 million copies. If Square Enix is having a problem making games like that profitable, and they’re having former heads make statements like D’Astous’s, is there an underlying problem here? If Square Enix doesn’t start fixing themselves soon, how long will it be till we see another THQ?


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