If the closure of the former Square Enix Montréal and later rebranded to Onoma under the Embracer Group acquisitions wasn’t enough, four of their mobile titles will be closing up shop in the first week of the new year according to an announcement from the closed studio on Twitter. These upcoming closed games from the mobile studio include Arena Battle Champions, Deus Ex GO, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and Space Invaders: Hidden Heroes and won’t be playable after January 4th, 2023.
Additionally, the games listed will be removed from the App Store and the Google Play Store on December 1st with current players not being able to access the games past the January shutdown date. As for in-game purchases, they will be stopped effective immediately but the studio is warning players that any purchases made before the shutdown date will not be refunded. As one final message, Onoma said that “On behalf of the development team, we would like to thank you for playing our games,” Onoma said in an announcement post on Twitter.
— Onoma (@StudioOnoma) November 22, 2022
As for the studio’s other ‘Go’ games which include Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go seem to be unaffected… for now anyway, we’ll have to wait and see if things will change or not for the mobile titles. The event of Onoma’s closure from earlier this month all started with the Embracer Group’s acquistion of most of Square Enix’s western development studio division which they purchased for $300 million USD back in May with the deal finalizing a couple of months later on August 25th. As for Onoma’s employees, according to Bloomberg some of the employees at the rebranded studio were moved on over to another Square Enix studio purchase, Eidos Montreal but no exact number was given out of the studio’s almost 200 employees.