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Crystal Dynamics’ Darrell Gallagher appointed Square’s head of studios in North America, Europe

Friday, 21st June 2013 15:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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.

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6 Comments

  1. pg17

    I don’t understand Square Enix. On one hand they blame the western studios for their financial issues, on the other hand they promote those same guys. Don’t know what to really think of that… except I’m happy cause I think all these studios have done great work these past years.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. salarta

    @1: All they did was promote people at the Western studios within the sphere of influence of the Western studios. It’s not like Gallagher was made into the head of all studios including Japan.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. pg17

    @2 Yes but they could have placed someone outside of those team at the head in order to totally change things. So I think they may not be so blind and can see the value of those team even if they didn’t match the expected results (which where really too high, I fully agree on that).

    All I meant was “this might be a surprising smart move not to screw everything around”

    #3 1 year ago
  4. salarta

    @3: I think it’s just a matter of Squeenix sticking with why they bought those Western studios in the first place. They didn’t buy the Western studios solely to snag their IPs, they bought the studios because they saw that Western studios were largely becoming more successful than Japanese ones. Adding someone outside the Western devs to take charge of the Western devs in the position mentioned today would have essentially said that Squeenix thought buying those companies for the reason they bought them was a huge mistake.

    Besides, even if we were to assume Squeenix does think they made a mistake in buying the Western studios, this is Squeenix here. The company that constantly responds to Toriyama ruining IPs and killing business for the company by giving him even more responsibility and letting him ruin even more, increasingly more high-profile, IPs. Rewarding failure and poor quality is in their nature. :P

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Gheritt White

    @4 How old are you? Like 23, 24? Just wondering.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. salarta

    @5: I feel more comfortable not giving my age, but I will confirm that I am of legal adult age. :)

    #6 1 year ago

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