We learned a while back that Embracer Group was looking to add Square Enix Montreal, Crystal Dynamics, and Eidos-Montreal to their extensive portfolio of more than 120 game development studios.
Embracer Group went through with the acquisition of the three studios in late August, and as a result, Square Enix Montreal was rebranded as Studio Onoma.
Studio Onoma appears to have fallen short of its moniker, as the studio will soon shut down. According to Alexandre Richer’s Linkedin profile, Onoma’s development director, the studio will shut down on November 24, 2022.
We all anticipated it because Studio Onoma had been performing poorly in previous years. It appears that Embracer Group was not pleased with this underperformance from the facility, which led to the studio’s saddening shutdown.
Games, including Hitman Sniper, Hitman GO, Deus Ex GO, and many more, were developed by Studio Onoma, but poor success has recently resulted in its closure. The decision to close Studio Onoma would also result in the layoff of around 200 employees.
Since Embracer Group did claim to be concentrating on the three studios it had bought, we are sure that many people would have expected greater outcomes from the acquisition of Studio Onoma. However, it appears that things with Studio Onoma did not go as planned.
On that note, what do you think about Embracer Group shutting down Studio Onoma on November 24? Let us know in the comments section.
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