Deus Ex Developer Eidos Montreal to Focus More on Online Gaming

Will this spell the end of an era for this single-player gaming studio?

Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Mankind Divideddeveloper Eidos Montreal announced that they intend to focus more on online play.

“At Eidos-Montréal, we’re constantly working towards creating innovative and exciting experiences for gamers everywhere,” said Head of Studio, David Anfossi. “In turn, we are placing an added emphasis on the online experiences in our games, striving to continually provide players with content that is memorable and impactful. Through the inherent interactivity of online play, our universes will have the chance to thrive both now and into the future.”

Eidos Montreal has traditionally been a developer of narrative-based, single-player games. The studio’s first official game was 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution; a brilliant reboot of the Deus Ex franchise that was hailed as one of the year’s best games. They followed that effort up by assisting Crytal Dynamics with the equally impressive 2013 title, Tomb Raider

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Since then, Eidos Montreal has turned in a couple of single-player titles that have not been quite as well-received. 2014’s Thief was seen as a noble attempt to revive that particular series, but it fell short from a gameplay standpoint. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided received a similarly lukewarm reception due to its familiarity. Given that the Deus Ex franchise has reportedly been put on hold, is it possible that Eidos Montreal is feeling the pressure to pursue the lucrative market of online gaming?

According to Eidos Montreal’s Director of Online Technology, Sebastien Bessette, the studio is ready to go all-in with this new strategy. 

“All of these efforts unify our teams towards one single goal, that being to deliver the best online gaming experience to our players,” said Bessette in regards to the team’s immediate plans for this design transition. 

To be certain, we don’t know exactly what this change of strategy will amount to. Eidos Montreal is supposedly still hard at work on the next Tomb Raider game, and it’s entirely possible that they could continue to implement narratives into their upcoming online games.