Stephane D’Astous Leaves Eidos: Square Keeps Kids
In counterpoint to the news that Square has offered those who purchased FF7 at their store a discount to make up for not getting Steam copies, Stephane D'Astous - Founder, Head of Studios and Ex-General Manager of Eidos Montreal - has resigned, citing 'irreconcilable differences' between himself and the bosses at Square Europe.
In a statement to Develop, D'Astous detailed some of the problems that lead to his departure from the company he helped create, saying :
"Since last year's financial short-coming performance of Square Enix Europe, we (HQ London and GM Eidos-Montreal) have had growing and divergent opinions on what needed to be done to correct the situation. The lack of leadership, lack of courage and the lack of communication were so evident, that I wasn't able to conduct my job correctly. I realised that our differences were irreconcilable, and that the best decision was unfortunately to part ways."
D'Astous went on to elaborate in an interview with Polygon, saying that there was general panic resulting from the poor financial reports earlier this year, and that Square Europe's leaders pretty much cut off all contact with the studio leaders when it came to forming strategies to deal with the issues they were having. When the plans (which he declined to detail) finally reached his ears, they were completely out of sync with what he thought should happen - to the point where he had some problems working out why certain directions were being taken. His input was repeatedly ignored or dismissed, which led to his departure.
It's a sad state of affairs, that people can read a lot into. Let us know what you think below.