A recent job posting from Eidos Montreal for a Junior Writer requests resumes from candidates with “academic background in South Asian Studies and/or equivalent cultural knowledge” and a “background in science and/or technology.” It makes sense that Eidos Montreal would require this knowledge for its upcoming Deus Ex game based on the projects that are currently known about them.
As many fans realise, Square Enix sold Embracer Group a number of assets in 2022, including Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. This happened soon after Square Enix was let down by Marvel’s Avengers from Crystal Dynamics and Guardians of the Galaxy from Eidos Montreal, the latter of which many people thought was one of the year’s most underappreciated titles. But after that, Crystal Dynamics is apparently working on a new Tomb Raider game and collaborating on Perfect Dark with Xbox’s Initiative studio. According to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Eidos Montreal is reportedly working on a new IP, making a new Deus Ex game (said it would be in very early development in late 2022), and helping Playground Games with the upcoming Fable game.
Job listing appears to hint at a Deus Ex sequel with a South Asian Background
It’s a very conventional job description, but two bullet points in the “Even better if you have” part are important to consider, according to the developer Eidos-Montréal, who recently posted a job opening for a junior games writer on LinkedIn.
The Junior Writer job description’s requirements mainly cover the typical duties of the position, including how the writer will cooperate with others, support narrative design, create content for worldbuilding, write and edit dialogue, create cinematic sequences, and more; as well as “manage scriptwriting and other deliverables under strict deadlines.” Background in South Asian culture and science and technology is listed under the “even better if you have a section,” which lists things helpful to the job but not absolutely necessary to get employed.
The science and technology bullet point would most definitely apply to the Deus Ex series when looking at Eidos’ portfolio. Given the franchise’s global experiences in NYC, Singapore, and Prague, a new entry set in South Asia would exist suit the mould.
Eidos has yet to formally reveal its current work-in-progress, but the studio has taken the helm on a few other notable franchises since the last Deus Ex game launched in 2016. It oversaw the production of 2018’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider and then developed the underappreciated Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.