Job Cuts at Edios Montreal – Thief

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It was announced yesterday over at Kotaku that Thief developer Eidos Montreal laid off 27 employees. Obviously this is saddening news for the industry and a shame for the ex-employees, who probably shed blood, sweat and tears over the development of Thief and are now, no longer a part of its future pathway. Here’s the full statement from its parent company, Square Enix.

Yes it is true we’ve let 27 people go today, unfortunately it’s something that every major studio has to do sometimes in order to ensure you have the right set up for current and future projects. It’s never a nice thing to do but we are genuinely trying to offer as much support as much as we can. We’re trying to re-locate as many people as possible into other roles here or at our other studios and we’ve been in touch several studios in Montreal to arrange a career day for those affected by this. We’re very thankful for all their hard work and we sincerely wish them well.

For those who have played Thief already may have differing opinions to the reasoning behind why this has happened. The highly anticipated game which must’ve included a whopping marketing budget as I saw it on the TV a few times received a mixed bag of reviews, including a ‘No’ from Kotaku and only a score of 68 from Metacritic.

Is it truly down, and I apologise if I sound a little too cynical, to believe that the reason why this happened is because they didn’t sell the required amount of units? Or is it starting to become the norm within the industry. Release the game then stop paying as many wages as possible?

I don’t wish to be harsh on any organisation out there who have no choice but to make redundancies, that’s the way of any business, but this isn’t the only time that this scenario has happened, which in-turn, is going to raise a lot of suspicion about the potential brutality of ’employment’/’contracts’ happening within the industry. I.E. When a project is finished, you’re basically ‘binned’ off.

What do you think? I would like to know of your thoughts below!