Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reports that Embracer Group has canceled a Deus Ex title after two years of development. Sources “familiar with the situation” also revealed that Eidos Montreal will face several layoffs.
The Deus Ex title was supposed to go into production this year, according to anonymous individuals, but now the studio will work on an original franchise. Neither Eidos Montreal nor Embracer Group have revealed that a Deus Ex game was in the works after the former took over. A 2022 rumor from Jeff Grubb of Giant Bomb suggested that the developer wanted to get back into the franchise and “do what Cyberpunk 2077 couldn’t,” while around that time there were also reports that a new Deus Ex game was one of several games in development at the studio.
It is also unknown whether this was to be an entirely new game for the franchise, a sequel to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, or something else entirely. We will have to wait for more details and the official announcement of the layoffs. If true, Eidos Montreal is the latest studio under Embracer to face layoffs, alongside New World Interactive, Crystal Dynamics, Fishlabs and many others. Some studios, such as Free Radical Design, have closed completely.