The Onoma studio, the former Square Enix Montreal, is closing its doors
Mobile game development studio Square Enix Montreal has unveiled its new brand identity.
Embracer Group, the new owner of Square Enix Montreal – renamed Onoma with a new branding three weeks ago – announced the closure of the Montreal studio on Tuesday.
The Swedish behemoth of video game is also putting the key under the door of another small Montreal studio of the brand, responsible for its part of quality control.
Square Enix Montreal seemed to be on a roll, however. On October 10, the company unveiled its new visual identity and its new name, Onoma, which means name in ancient Greek.
The closure of our Onoma studio is a difficult decision that we have made with great care and consideration. “We greatly thank each member of the team for their contributions over the years and hope to find suitable placements for as many as possible,” Phil Rogers, director of CDE Entertainment, a subsidiary of Embracer Group, said in a statement.
The Swedish video game juggernaut intends to relocate some of Onoma's 200 or so staff members to Eidos Montreal, another studio which was also bought by the group last May.
Square Enix Montreal has worked in recent years on AAA mobile games (blockbusters), including Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go, Hitman Sniper and Deus Ex Go. The studio was also working on an augmented reality game of Space Invaders.
Embracer has not revealed the fate reserved for these productions, but the group has announced to its studios that it has axed an Eidos Montreal game which has not yet been announced, and reduced the scope of another, according to Bloomberg reports.
We have big ambitions for […] Eidos Montreal. We see growth opportunities focused on quality brands and AAA games, Phil Rogers added in a statement.
With information from Bloomberg