According to a report from Bloomberg, a new Deus Ex game that has been in development for around two years at Embracer-owned developer Eidos Montreal has now been cancelled. The game, which had not yet been formally announced, was supposedly set to enter full production this year.
Eidos Montreal hasn’t directly addressed reports of a Deus Ex project being cancelled, but has confirmed via a post on X this morning that 97 staff are being let go from a number of its teams including development, administration, and support services. It’s another in a long list of Embracer-initiated layoffs and studio closures that’s been leading one of the worst periods for the industry in recent memory.
The post reads:
“For the last 17 years, our teams at Eidos have worked on some of the most beloved brands in the industry, combining deep storytelling and innovation into unique games. We have created memorable multi awarded experiences that we are proud of and we know our teams members have put their heart and soul in all of them.
“The global economic context, the challenges of our industry and the comprehensive restructuring announced by Embracer have finally impacted our studio. The difficult decision has been made to let go 97 people from development teams, administration, and support services.
“We are working to support all impacted personnel through this transition. These very talented, highly experienced people are entering the employment market, and we want them to find their next projects and are helping to do so.
“As we navigate these difficult times, the well-being of our team is our priority and the continuous commitment to creating games that players will be able to enjoy in the nearby future.
“To our players… it’s often times not just the games but the game makers as well that we all celebrate and admire. Our commitment is always to making the best games for our amazing fans and even with this restructuring change, we continue to fight on to deliver those awesome experiences for us to share together. Thank you for your continuing support and well wishes.”