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by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 11, 2011 @ 1:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under Previews
In Deus Ex: Human Revolution you play Adam Jensen, a security specialist, handpicked to oversee the defense of one of America's most experimental biotechnology firms. But when a black ops team breaks in and kills the scientists you were hired to protect, everything you thought you knew about your job changes.
Following on from the signing of a new deal between the UK’s download console experts Stainless Games and Wizards of the Coast, and the announcement of further line extensions for Duels of the Planeswalkers, Stainless is continuing to bolster its senior management team with the appointment of ex-Eidos Development Director, Darren Barnett.
Square Enix and Eidos Interactive announced that the reorganization of the two companies' operations has been completed. The combined business in the UK will operate under the name of Square Enix Ltd. and is part of the Square Enix Europe business unit.
While a fifth installment in the Hitman franchise is not really much of a surprise, Eidos has yet to officially announce its existence. With last year's movie having done quite well and rumors of a second one in the planning stages, CEO Ian Livingstone revealed a few months ago that IO Interactive would be in charge of Hitman 5. Last week, actor Mark Sloan's resume stated that he did Hitman mo-cap at UK-based Rocksteady Studios for Hitman 5, but a new statement from Eidos' Livingstone says that the Batman developer is not working on the game, and as far as he knows, IO is still on the job.
by Rainier on July 28, 2009 @ 5:38 a.m. PDT | Filed under GamesCom - GamesCom 2009
Square Enix Europe and Eidos announced its line-up of combined titles which will be on show at GamesCom 2009 (August 19th – 23rd), such as Supreme Commander 2, Order of War, FF XIII, Mini Ninjas, Batman, and many more...
Eidos has revealed its lineup of titles that it will have on display at the 2009 E3 Expo taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 2 - 4, 2009, such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, Just Cause 2, Mini Ninjas and others...
It seems that Eidos means business these days, as not only is it working on high-profile titles like Deus Ex 3, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Just Cause 2 and the just-announced Thief 4, but CEO Ian Livingstone revealed in a recent interview that it is also planning on releasing a new installment in the popular Hitman series (developed by IO Interactive as usual) and, oddly enough, a sequel to the not-so-well-received Kane & Lynch.
Eidos will remain as an independent operation, following the completion of the £84 million acquisition by Square Enix last week.
On Feb. 12, 2009, the boards of Eidos and Square Enix reached an agreement on acquisition terms, and on March 27, 2009, 85% of Eidos shareholders gave their approval. Earlier today, a UK Court sanctioned the acquisition, followed by suspension of the Eidos shares on the London Stock Exchange. By tomorrow, Eidos will officially be part of Square Enix.
Earlier this month, Square Enix and Eidos agreed to buyout terms, although approval was required by the shareholders, who were to vote at a meeting that was held earlier today. Today, Eidos and Square Enix announced that the merger was approved by the required majority of shareholders. On April 21-22, Eidos and Square Enix will implement various principal events to prepare for the merger to be official on May 6, pending court approval.
Last month, we reported that Square Enix was making a move to acquire Eidos, with the backing of Eidos' board. Both companies have agreed to the buyout terms, pending approval of the shareholders, which will be put to a vote at a meeting in late March. If all goes well, and the court approves the dates, Eidos shares will be suspended on Apr. 21, with the settlement to be reached on May 6.
Last week we reported that Square Enix and Eidos had reached a preliminary agreement for the Japanese developer/publisher to acquire Eidos. The question was how Warner Bros., which already owns 20% of Eidos, would react. As it turns out WBIE is not going to counter offer, but has instead issued a statement saying it is "supportive," and will vote in favor of the takeover.
The Square Enix Directors and the Eidos Directors announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended Offer under which Square Enix will acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Eidos.
Acquired by Eidos in 2007, in order to boost its casual mobile gaming market share, Rockpool Games employees have been made redundant and the Manchester development studio has been shut down according to Bill Harbison, a former employee. Eidos has now confirmed the closure blaming the "incredibly challenging and competitive times" so it can keep its costs under control. Earlier this year Eidos had already laid off a number of Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider) employees, and last year shut down Pivotal.
Tomb Raider: Underworld is an epic adventure game that delivers exploration-based gameplay giving players a new level of challenge and choice as they solve mysteries from exotic locations around the world. Tomb Raider: Underworld has so far sold 1.5 million copies, below Eidos' internal forecasts, primarily due to a slow start in North America. As a result Eidos has revised its revenue downward, which in turn made its stock values drop 25%.
SCi/Eidos' takeover talks that it declared were "over" in early 2008 were back on track with EA, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros., and last month, Square Enix came into the mix. The stakes have been raised as MCV reports that Warner Bros., which already owned 10% of the British publisher/developer through a strategic partnership, has now acquired another 10%.
SCi/Eidos' takeover talks that it declared were "over" in early 2008 are back on track with EA, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. (who already owns 20% of SCi) in the running, but according to UK trade mag MCV, a new player has emerged. A few months ago, Square Enix tried to acquire Tecmo but was rejected in favor of KOEI, while more recently it not only signed Gas Powered Games' Supreme Commander 2, but has also set up a new development studio in California, making its Western expansion plans quite clear.
With SCi/Eidos' losses mounting, the takeover talks that it declared were "over" in early 2008 are back on track, according to UK's DailyMail. Back in February, SCi started restructuring, delaying and canceling various titles, and a few months later secured $120 million funding by partnering with Warner Bros. (having turned down an offer from Infogrames), but none of that seems to have stopped it shares from plummeting. Looking to acquire the Tomb Raider/Hitman publisher, which was once valued £1billion, on the cheap, inside sources reveal EA and Ubisoft might have a renewed interest.
Independent in-game advertising company Double Fusion has strengthened its PS3 portfolio by securing exclusive advertising opportunities with another slew of publishers: THQ, SEGA, Eidos and Midway.
So Blonde, written by Broken Sword's Steve Ince, is an adventure game based around beautiful (anti-)heroine Sunny Blonde, featuring jet black humor that goes far beyond trite clichés, gorgeous cartoon graphics, puzzling riddles and a ton of gameplay surprises.
Eidos parent company SCi released its 2007 financial results revealing a £99.1 million loss compared to £13.3 million the year prior. SCi CEO Phil Rogers attributes the increased loss to the restructuring it started last year, cutting various studios and titles, but says the results of that should start showing this fiscal year. Rogers also announced that at the upcoming Dec. 2 shareholder meeting a name change proposal will be presented, as apparently it thinks Eidos is a strong product brand name.
Check out the following new screens & trailers from Eidos' Games Convention 2008 lineup:
- 'Colour Cross' (NDS) - 6 New Screens
- 'Dungeon Maker' (NDS) - 8 New Screens
- 'Flower, Sun and Rain' (NDS) - 6 New Screens
- 'Gauntlet' (NDS) - Screens & Trailer
- 'Monster Lab' (NDS/Wii) - 5 New Screens & Trailer
- 'My Makeup' (NDS) - 5 New Screens
- 'My Secret Diary' (NDS) - 23 New Screens
- 'Shellshock 2: Blood Trails' (X360/PC) - New Screens
Novint Technologies has signed an agreement with Eidos to make several of their titles available for the Novint Falcon game controller. Tomb Raider: Legend, Hitman: Blood Money, 25 to Life, Just Cause, BattleStations: Midway, and Kane & Lynch will all be touch-enabled for the Falcon, allowing players to feel realistic game actions, environments, objects and force feedback.
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