The founder and General Manager of Eidos Montreal, Stephen D’Astous, has resigned from the company citing a “lack of courage” from Square Enix.
D’Astous revealed that he left the company last Friday to Polygon. He said that David Anfossi, the current studio head for Eidos Montreal and producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and new iOS game Deus Ex: The Fall, will be his replacement.
He blamed his departure on irreconcilable differences between himself and Square Enix Europe. He said “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 went on to add, “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.”
The news comes as a blow to both companies as Eidos Montreal is currently developing the reboot of Thief, a project that has had it’s fair share of delays. Square Enix are themselves in some trouble after concerns over their financial shape. In March the company admitted it expected an “extraordinary loss” which cost CEO Yoichi Wada his job. Since then the company has announced widespread lay-offs and restructuring.