There’s a thing you didn’t know you wanted, and you can’t have it. Kotaku’s legion of anonymous sources have been whispering again, this time about Looking Glass series custodians Eidos Montreal. The studio was working on a third game alongside February’s nu-Thief and the dark dystopian future’s Deus Ex sequel, say the voices, but now they’re not.
Kotaku caught wind of the recent development, or lack thereof, from A. Tipster. They cross-referenced that information with another person “familiar with goings-on” in Montreal, and learned that the cancelled project may have been linked to Square Enix HQ in Japan.
Another source, a developer, said that the game had been a new IP - or as humans call them, an entirely new idea.
What a shame; we could certainly do with a few more of those. Don’t read too much into the connection with Japan, though - Human Revolution’s cutscenes were farmed out to Visual Works, the Square Enix CG studio that does the same for the Final Fantasy series. Whatever it was that Eidos were working on, it wasn’t likely to be a JRPG.
That’s not out of the question for the future, however.
“That’s certainly been discussed within the company, the possibility of say, Eidos or maybe someone else to look after or maybe take on the Final Fantasy series,” Final Fantasy director Yuji Abe told OXM earlier this week. “And we obviously haven’t decided anything concrete, but if we find the right team of developers, the right people who really wanted to do it, and we had the right game, then yes, certainly we’d think about it.”
Eidos Montreal have more than enough on their plate, of course - Thief, and beyond that “several” Deus Ex: Universe games of one kind or another. Where would you like to see them dedicate their time?