Square Enix has made some “strategic changes’ to some of its studio teams, starting with Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher taking on the role of head of studios in North America, and Europe.
Gallagher will maintain his role at Crystal Dynamics for the immediate future, while also working directly with the other studios.
“Our focus remains firmly set on making great games and delivering unforgettable experiences,” said Phil Rogers, CEO of Square Enix America & Europe. “Whilst our games will come in different shapes and sizes, we want to deliver them faster and better and we believe these changes will help our studios achieve just that.”
David Anfossi, the executive producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, has been promoted to studio head at Eidos-Montréal. He will lead the studio as it completes its development of Thief as well as oversee two other unannounced projects currently in development at the studio.
At Square Enix Montréal, Patrick Naud will take on a central leadership role as the studio continues development on smart devices, primarily tablets.
The studio will focus “immediately on games around the Hitman brand,” and in time will also work on games outside of this franchise, using their “AAA development experience to set new standards in this space.”
Finally, Hannes Seifert has taken on the role of studio head full-time at IO Interactive, which is currently in pre-production on a new AAA Hitman project.