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Interview with Eidos CEO Bill Gardner

Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 3:02AM EST

Eidos' New Challenges

In the last year, Eidos has been bought by SCI, and installed a new U.S. CEO, Bill Gardner. He talks about the company's new-found confidence...

Q: It's been a year of transition for Eidos. How has that been for you?

A: It's been a really busy year but it's been phenomenal. Do you know that game, curling, where you slide the stone down the ice? I think of myself as the sweeper, trying to get all the stuff out of the way so the employees can do their job effectively. 

I spend a lot of my time making sure all the details are taken care of. But we have some really good people here and they are all on board with the direction we want to take the company.

Q: What new Eidos products are you most excited about?

A: I'm very excited about a number of projects but one of my personal favourites is Hitman: Blood Money which is one of the best yet produced.

I also really enjoy playing Rogue Trooper, It's based on a comic book in Europe but I want it to get a lot of attention over here because the quality of that product is good. 

I've also got a title called Urban Chaos that is coming out in June, which I think is going to surprise the industry. That is another winner for us if we manage it into the channel and make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

Later this year we have Just Cause, which features an undercover agent on an idyllic tropical island.

Q: Tell us about your approach to thee next generation consoles?

A: I think it's accurate to say that we are going to support them, but we are trying to use some common sense about supporting them.  In other words, this is a transition and, as a software provider, we need to recognize that you don't leap off one generation and try to aim for the new one all at once. 

There is a gradual transition that takes place which means we will continue to support the legacy systems to some degree, watching how they are supported at retail of course. Gradually we'll move our efforts and our energies over to the new systems. 

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