Eidos Will "Continue To Function Independently"
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. ;) 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...
4/27/2009 Ben Dutka