A few years ago Square Enix denied flagship licenses like Hitman, Tomb Raider and Deus Ex in various mobile games like Lara Croft GO, Deus Ex GO or Hitman GO. If these games are paying, the studio has also released a few free games that still offer microtransactions.
In fact, the announcement made today by Onoma studio (Embracer) seems even more incomprehensible, not to say scandalous. Indeed, the build just announced on Twitter: Deus Ex Go, Arena Battle Champions, Hitman Sniper: Shadows & Space Invaders: Hidden Heroes It will be removed from the Google Play Store and App Store as of January 4, 2023.
First of all, it should be noted that these titles now belong to the Swedish company Embracer. Remember, in May 2022 we learned that the group had purchased all of Square Enix’s Western studios. This acquisition was specifically related to Eidos and Eidos Montreal, Crystal Dynamics or Square Enix Montreal. Meanwhile, Embracer has inherited a few cult licenses such as: Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and even Thief and Hitman.
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Later, Square Enix Montreal, the studio behind these 4 games, was renamed Onoma… before being shut down by Embracer a few weeks later. Even if this is not stated, there is no doubt that the cessation of this activity, A cost reduction strategy implemented by Embracer.
So this announcement made on November 22, 2022 is probably the last announcement from Onoma studio. What are the consequences for players? Regarding Deux Ex Go, the only paid game on the list, players will no longer be able to play from January 4, 2023… Even if you bought the title and downloaded it to your smartphone.
As for the other three, they were all Free to Play. Again, all offer a shop to buy in-game bonuses. However, Onoma has confirmed that in-game transactions are currently disabled. Better, Acquired virtual currency will disappear, and no refund requests will be accepted. Note that for now Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO do not appear to be worried. But we think it’s just a matter of time.
Source : Eurogamer