The Embracer Group is closing the Montreal-based developer it recently acquired from Square Enix just weeks after the studio rebranded as Onoma. Best known for Hitman GO, this is the team focused on mobile experiences rather than big-budget titles for consoles, which the company says it wants to fully focus on. As such, Onoma has already been cut.
Around 200 employees will be affected by the closure, but Embracer Group says it will try to match workers with open positions it has on console and PC projects. "We see the growth opportunities centered around our premier franchises and AAA games. Closing publishing QA and our Onoma studio is a difficult decision and one that we've taken with great care and consideration," said director Phil Rogers. "We greatly thank all those team members for their contributions over the years and hope to find proper placements for as many 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 one more transformation that we are excited to take on." This closure means it no longer has the ability to do that.
According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, the main studio Eidos Montreal has also changed its plans. After cancelling a project, it's now working on a "recently rescoped" new IP, a new Deus Ex title that's "very, very early" in development", and helping Microsoft out with the development of Fable. This is in addition to Crystal Dynamics aiding the production of Perfect Dark. It's possible employees from Onoma could find themselves re-assigned to any one of these upcoming games.