Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, the studios once owned by Square Enix and recently acquired by Embracer Group, have officially regained the rights to their properties Tomb Raider and Deus Ex.
The original deal that was signed in May included both studios, as well as their IP, such as Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, as well as less active franchises like Thief and Legacy of Kain. According to a post from Crystal Dynamics on the Tomb Raider website (via VGC), the deal is finally done, and the company once again has the rights to Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain. Which is good, because the studio is working on a new game starring Lara Croft right now.
“We are excited to inform you that Crystal Dynamics has taken control of several game franchises—including TOMB RAIDER and Legacy of Kain—from the games’ previous owner, Square Enix Limited.
As a result of this change, Crystal Dynamics (or its affiliate) is now the owner of these games and the controller of the gameplay and personal data related to them. If you’d like to know more, please refer to our new Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.”
Eidos Montreal also shared its news about the rights for Deus Ex and Thief and updated its Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.
“To put things simply, the big change is that Eidos-Montréal (or its affiliates) is now the owner of the games it developed, like the Deus Ex and Thief games, and the controller of the data obtained from the various gameplay metrics tracked in its titles. If you’d like to know more, please refer to our new Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.”
Embracer Group has been acquiring several companies and IP this year, including Limited Run Games and the entire Lord of the Rings IP.