Eidos Montreal Founder Resigns, Unhappy with Square’s Strategies
Stephane D’Astous, best known as the founder of Eidos Montreal, resigned from the company last Friday. D’Astous revealed yesterday to Polygon that his replacement would be David Anfossi, the current Eidos Montral studio head and producer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: The Fall.
David Anfossi’s LinkedIn page has the change in leadership pegged at June 2013. D’Astous said he left the company because of an inability to reconcile differences between Eidos and Square Enix Europe.
“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,” he said. “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.”
According to D’Astous, Square Enix “has some things to learn about how to sell their games.” In March, Square Enix reported an “extraordinary loss” for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. Widespread layoffs soon hit the company as well as the departure of CEO Yoichi Wada and North American CEO and president Mike Fischer.
“We are in a situation that we have great games that could have sold more,” D’Astous said. “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.”
What do you think needs to change for Square Enix to start hitting the home runs it needs to?