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Embracer Group is already closing the newly acquired Montreal studio



Embracer Group is shutting down the Montreal-based developer it acquired from Square Enix just weeks after the studio was rebranded as Onoma. Best known for Hitman GO, it’s a team focused on mobile experiences rather than big-budget titles for consoles, which the company says it wants to focus entirely on. As such, Onoma has already been cut.

About 200 employees will be affected by the closing, but Embracer Group says it will try to match workers with open positions on console and PC projects. “We see growth opportunities centered around our core franchises and AAA games. Publishing QA and our Onoma studio is a difficult decision and one we’ve taken with great care and consideration,” said director Phil Rogers. Phil Rogers said. “We are very grateful to all those team members for their contributions over the years and look forward to finding the right placement for as many people as possible.”

When it rebranded to Onoma just three weeks ago, the developer spoke of its “ability to evolve and adapt to trends and market changes. Our rebrand as Studio Onoma is another change that We are excited to take on.” This closure means it no longer has the ability to do so.

Accordingly Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, the main studio Eidos Montreal has also changed its plans. After canceling one project, it is now working on a “recently rescoped” new IP, a new Deus Ex title that is in development “very, very soon”, and helping Microsoft develop has been the story. This is in addition to assisting in the production of crystal dynamics Complete darkness. It’s possible that Onoma’s employees could reassign themselves to one of these upcoming games.


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