Square to open new Montreal studio, first project is Hitman

Monday, 21st November 2011 15:29 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Square Enix has announced it’s to open a brand new studio in Montreal alongside the currently-existing Eidos Montreal.

The news comes via a press conference today in an announcement made by Square Enix Europe president Phil Rogers, relayed by the director of the Montreal International Gaming Summit, Marie Claude Bernard.

A new studio from Square in Canada was rumoured as far back as March.

Here’s the studio’s logo.

The first project for the brand new studio will be a Hitman-related project.

A Hitman project, Absolution, is currently in the works for PS3, 360 and PC from IO Interactive for a release next year.

It’s also been confirmed that 100 new jobs will be created at Eidos Montreal.

Bernard said in a tweet: “100 new jobs for Eidos Montreal!”

It’s a continuing roll of good news for the Deus Ex developer following the success of Human Revolution’s release in August.

It was reported in September that 100 new jobs would come into play by the end of next year, with a remaining 250 jobs – making up a headcount of 350 – in place by 2015.

The studio has a second team working on a fourth Thief iteration, with a brand new IP also in the works.



  1. bobiroka

    Deus Ex must have sold well then…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    That new Hitman game has to be next-gen. If it isn’t, i’ll be honestly shocked.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Moonwalker1982

    Hitman? This is Absolution they are talking about and already confirmed for 360,PS3 and PC.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Talkar

    Go see some screenshots ;)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. StolenGlory

    JC is bang on I reckon. Additionally, EG have just said that a source has ‘confirmed’ this.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. YoungZer0

    Wow, this just comes out of the blue. I have no idea how to feel about this.

    IoI is working on a new Hitman and i have no reason to believe that someone else would be able to pull it off.

    Especially if you consider how disappointing Human Revolution was.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Zana

    I would have loved a new franchise instead but well, this is exciting news!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Maximum Payne

    Better new Hitman then new Kane and Lynch!

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    So basically Hitman: Absolution and ANOTHER Hitman ?

    #9 3 years ago

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