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Eidos Montreal boss resigns, claims company 'lacks courage'

Stephane D'Astous quits due to "irreconcilable differences" with studio partners

The former head of Eidos Montreal has quit the company, citing "irreconcilable" differences.

In a statement given to Develop, Stephane D'Astous confirmed that he had resigned apparently due to his unhappiness with the way the company was being run.

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"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," D'Astous said in a statement.

"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."

Last month a major reshuffling at Square Enix saw Eidos Montreal working solely on mobile and tablet games, with D'Astous taking on a new role in the company focusing on cross studio operations.

Eidos Montreal was the studio behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the multiplayer mode in Tomb Raider (2013).

More recently, it released Deus Ex: The Fall on iOS. In our Deus Ex: The Fall review, we called it "a welcome return to the world of Human Revolution, marred by awkward touch controls".

Despite the reshuffling of roles, Eidos Montreal is still reported to be working on the upcoming reboot of Thief.

CVG has contacted Square Enix for comment.

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