Deus Ex developer to focus on online games

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Mankind... united?

Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Mankind Divided developer Eidos Montreal will shift its focus to online games going forward, the developer said this week.

In a new vision statement on the Square Enix-owned company's website, head of studio David Anfossi and director of online technology Sebastien Bessette explained how they planned to do that.

"At Eidos-Montréal, we’re constantly working towards creating innovative and exciting experiences for gamers everywhere. In turn, we are placing an added emphasis on the online experiences in our games, striving to continually provide players with content that is memorable and impactful," said Anfossi.

"Through the inherent interactivity of online play, our universes will have the chance to thrive both now and into the future. To achieve this, we are building the teams and tools capable of supporting our ambitions. We hope you will join us on this journey!"

Bessette explained the kind of changes this would require:

"On the tech side, we’re working to empower our content creators and promote an iterative game creation process. To achieve this, we’ve created an engineering strategy that greatly encourages communication between team members, allowing us to efficiently design, implement, and test our game architecture.

"We’re also structuring the DAWN engine, our proprietary technology, to interface with modern online solutions, which gives us the ability to take advantage of existing technologies. All of these efforts unify our teams towards one single goal, that being to deliver the best online gaming experience to our players."

The page also includes links to relevant jobs, including lead multiplayer programmer, senior gameplay programmer and senior online programmer.

We'll be happy to play new games from Eidos Montreal whatever they are, although it does feel like a shame that the studio's fantastic work in single-player campaigns will become less of a focus.

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