The licenses go back to their original creators before they belonged to Square Enix.
After the purchase of the Western studios and IPS of Square Enix by the Embracer Group, the future of sagas such as Tomb Raider or Deus Ex remained a bit up in the air, despite the fact that the former already has a new game officially announced. . As would be expected, control of both licenses will pass to their respective creatorsCrystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.
It should be noted that both licenses and their creative studios, along with others as well known as Thief or Legacy of Kain, belonged to Eidos Interactive before it was taken over by Square Enix and renamed as Square Enix Europe in 2009. 13 years later its management returns to its original creators.
Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain return home
“We are pleased to inform you that Crystal Dynamics has taken control of several game franchises, including Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kainfrom the previous owner of the games, Square Enix Limited,” Crystal Dynamics said (via VGC).
“As a result of this change, Crystal Dynamics (or its affiliate) is now the owner of these games and the game controller and personal data related to them. For more information, please see our new Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.”
In the case of Eidos Montreal, it will manage the series Deus Ex and Thief, of which we haven’t seen any new installments since 2016 and 2014, respectively. The company’s last work was Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which failed to meet Square Enix’s sales expectations.
In May, when this purchase was announced, Embracer Group showed its interest in creating new deliveries, remasterings or remakes of these Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal IPs, so now that the management of the licenses falls to the studios themselves, we may soon know of a project. For now, we know that Crystal Dynamics is working on a new installment of Tomb Raider developed in Unreal Engine 5.