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Four games developed by the studio formerly known as Square Enix Montreal will be shut down in January, it’s been announced.
- Arena Battle Champions
- Deus Ex Go
- Hitman Sniper: The Shadows
- Space Invaders: Hidden Heroes
Hitman Sniper: The Shadows - trailer
Players who already own the games will be able to continue playing them until January 4, 2023, at which point they will lose access.
“Effective immediately, in-game purchases are stopped,” the statement reads. “We encourage prior in-game purchases to be used before January 4th, as they will not be refunded.
“On behalf of the development team, we would like to thank you for playing our games.”
Square Enix Montreal was founded in 2011 with the goal of developing premium games before switching its focus to free-to-play games in 2013.
It is the developer behind mobile games Hitman Go, Hitman Sniper, Lara Croft Go, Deus Ex Go, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and Tomb Raider Reloaded, some of which were also released for PC and consoles.
The studio was acquired by Embracer Group this summer as part of a wider aquisition of most of Square Enix‘s western development arm for $300 million, including Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and a catalogue of IPs including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Thief.
Square Enix Montreal was rebranded as Studio Onoma just last month, with a statement at the time saying the new name would “serve as an umbrella to multiple products, programs, and initiatives, each with distinct personalities”.