The confirmation that the former Square Enix Montreal has become Studio Onoma, a rebranding decided by Embracer Group after the definitive acquisition of the mobile gaming team in August 2022. But the new life of the Canadian studio was decidedly short.
CDE Entertainmentlabel under the control of Embracer which includes the teams acquired by Square Enix (like Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics now owned by Embracer Group), confirms the definitive closure by Studio Onoma and the QA team. With this move, at least 200 people risk becoming unemployed, although CDE confirms that it is in action to find accommodation for most of its employees, reassigning them to other projects for PC and console currently in the pipeline at Embracer software houses.
“We have huge ambitions with Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, we see growth opportunities centered around our main franchises and Triple A games. Closing Studio Onoma and the QA Team was a very difficult decision, one we took with great care and attention. . Thanks enormously to all members for their contributions over the years and we hope to find accommodation for most of them, “he says. Phil Rogers, director of CDE Entertainment, about the reasons behind the closure. The end of these two realities will in any case allow Embracer to “concentrate its production resources towards its main studios, such as Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal”.
Founded in 2011, the former Square Enix Montreal was opened by the Japanese giant to have more support on the development of AAA titles, but within two years it was diverted to the creation of mobile productions. The Canadian team was responsible for the birth of games like Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO e Deus Ex GO, and with the rebranding in Studio Onoma it should have continued on this path. Instead, less than a month later, the doors closed.