Stephane D’Astous, the former general manager of Deus Ex: Human Revolution studio Eidos Montreal, says “irreconcilable” differences with Square Enix have forced him to leave the company.
Stephane D’Astous had a good run at the head of Eidos Montreal during the making of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but two years later the bloom appears to be off the rose. D’Astous announced today that he has resigned from his newly-accepted position within parent company Square Enix, citing conflicts with upper management as the cause.
“Since last year’s financial short-coming performance of Square Enix Europe, we (HQ London and GM Eidos-Montreal) have had growing and divergent opinions on what needed to be done to correct the situation,” he said. “The lack of leadership, lack of courage and the lack of communication were so evident, that I wasn’t able to conduct my job correctly. I realized that our differences were irreconcilable, and that the best decision was unfortunately to part ways.”
D’Astous’ resignation is a surprise, as it comes just a month after he took on a new role at Square Enix working directly with newly-appointed head of studios Darrell Gallagher, “focusing on cross-studio operations.”