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The art director of the latest Deus Ex confirmed that Eidos also led the development of Final Fantasy XV

Jonathan Jacques-Bellett worked for Eidos on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and has since left the studio to work on Rogue Factor’s Hell is Us project.

In an interview with TrueAchievements, the art director confirmed that while at Eidos, he also spent some time working on Final Fantasy XV. There have been rumors in the network for several years that the studio was in charge of the project development, but only now some of those involved have commented on this information.

First I was the art director of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, then Mankind Divided. And then we tried to take Final Fantasy XV. As a result, Square Enix decided to return the game to Japanese developers, and I think it was a big mistake. Our version was very interesting.

Jonathan Jacques-Belltet

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Jacques-Belltet did not explain what set Fid Fantasy XV from Eidos against the background of the game, which was eventually released by the Japanese division Square Enix. The latter team became the basis for the Luminous Productions studio, which is now occupied by Forspoken.

However, according to blogger Super Bunnyhop, who published his investigation in 2018, the Montreal studio wanted to make a space opera with elements of Final Fantasy, where space landscapes were to resemble a kaleidoscope.

Eidos wanted to tell the story of how the protagonist searches in the universe for his beloved named Nova, but during his journey he meets another girl, which creates a love triangle between them. The game would allow you to land on different planets and explore their surface without downloads.

In May 2022, Square Enix decided to sell Eidos, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix Montreal to Embracer Holding. The operation is expected to close between July and September.

Embracer to buy Eidos and Crystal Dynamics studios from Square Enix and IP rights – including Tomb Raider and Deus Ex


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