So Square-Enix has officially closed the deal with Eidos; the UK publisher is now owned by the veteran RPG giant. But many are asking the same question: how exactly will this acquisition affect Eidos?

Well, according to Joystiq and a recently released Eidos press release, the company says they will "continue to function as an independent operation, as a wholly-owned subsidiary" of Square-Enix. Phil Rogers will remain the CEO and he will report directly to S-E president Yoichi Wada, who has called this deal an "international marriage" of sorts. As it stands, Eidos will still be known as just that – "Eidos" – and they won't adopt a new name that reflects their new owner, so you can all stop with the witty name blends now. ūüėČ It seems as if S-E plans to be the silent puppet-master in this new "marriage," because even though Eidos will continue to "operate independently," they clearly can't do anything unless Wada and Co. give the green light. Perhaps the next question is this: how often and to what extent will Square-Enix press their will upon Eidos in terms of specific projects? From what we can gather, Eidos will just continue on doing what they've been doing and Square-Enix will benefit from the product rights, but we don't know if the owner will one day go to their new piece of property and say, "okay guys, we need something like this." Only time will tell but for now, the deal and situation appears to be cut and dry.

Square-Enix always said they wanted more of a Western influence; well, they got it with Eidos, which tends to publish Western-oriented titles. Let's just hope we don't see some bizarre "marriage" of Lara Croft and Cloud Strife…

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cowboy828
cowboy828
11 years ago

they could have purchased a better company

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Majesco perhaps?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

SquEnix appears to have changed considerably over the years. I'd like to see less achieved by acquisition and more achieved by software development.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

How on earth does a comment asking for a game developer to pay more attention to game development and less to corporate growth attrack a thumbs down?

Good grief.

coverton341
coverton341
11 years ago

Been lots of thumb down action today. Just look at the article about the PS3 garnering better games in all the genres.

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

I sense a lot of xbots are responsible for all the thumbs down lately

PANICinc
PANICinc
11 years ago

We could see some sweet new IP's coming from this new "marriage"

Let's hope!

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Ah, so nothing will change. Eidos will still release their crap and it'll still take SE forever to release FF games. Sweet!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

No way no how, when the big shots take over another company, sooner or later they manipulate the hell out of them. They are just keeping their name off of Eidos right now in case the first few projects that come out are crap then SE won't get as soiled in the press.

Riku994
Riku994
11 years ago

Lara and Cloud's child would be reidiculously strong and have a massive shotgun lol.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

and massive knockers

karneli lll
karneli lll
11 years ago

Worst case scenerio; we wait for a 360 exclusive tomb raider and watered down multiplatform titles from here on out.

Best case scenerio; SE gives Eidos resources to revamp soul reaver and other eidos gems.

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

this only paves their way for more 360 exclusives

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

We all know it's true, there must have been some sort of rift between Sony and Square Enix. What else could explain their actions? Multiplatform is NOT about putting most of your games in practically every console except the PS3 with the exception of a scrap they toss at us sometimes for the PSP! Thumbs down for stating the obvious? Some people on here are truly immature.


Last edited by b3mike on 4/27/2009 10:08:57 PM

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

Please let them make another Freedom Fighters, that was one of my favorite ps2 games