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Eidos Montreal General Manager Leaves: “Lack of Leadership, Lack of Courage, and Lack of Communication Were so Evident”

July 23, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

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Things aren’t going well at Eidos Montreal (who are currently working on Thief and previously did Deus Ex: Human Revolution) as Stephane D’Astous, Founder and General Manager of the studio, has resigned from his position, something that took effect back on Friday.

In a statement, here’s what D’Astous had to say about the situation:

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 in the year, Square Enix’s financials revealed that, even though Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution moved around 3.5 million copies each, they had “weak sales.” This eventually lead to IO Interactive experiencing some pretty serious layoffs.

Replacing D’Astous will be David Anfossi, Producer on Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: The Fall.

Do you think this will start a wave of resignations? Or is it a one-off thing? Let us know in the comments below.

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