Square Enix Montreal Director Leaves Studio

It has been widely reported that Teddy Diefenbach has recently left Square Enix Montreal. Diefenbach, who is well-known for working as part of the development team on the indie title Hyper Light Drifter, officially announced on his personal website blog that he chose to leave his position following the cancellation of his unannounced team’s project.

Square Enix Montreal Director Leaves Studio

My team were working on a game that I deeply wish we could have shared with you,” Diefenbach wrote in his blog postBut, the business strategy of the studio shifted, and our project was sadly no longer compatible.” Diefenbach joined the Square Enix team in May 2016, leaving behind the Heart
Machine team. 

Diefenbach was asked by Polygon to speak about how his team envisioned its canceled game: “I think the game reflected the interests and tastes of our whole team, and things we love about Square Enix,” he told Polygon. Despite the unannounced project’s cancelation, Teddy Diefenbach did note that the remainder of the team he worked with at Square Enix Montreal remains employed with the studio, and any other resignations are not likely. Diefenbach says that he plans to return to full-time indie development, after his move away from Square Enix Montreal. If you would like to find out more information about Diefenbach's most famous title, Hyper Light Drifter, you can view the trailer below:

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