Deus Ex isn’t dead, it’s just resting

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Though Deus Ex: Mankind Divided wasn’t nearly as good a game as Human Revolution was, it was still great to play – especially the missions set in the Prague. That city was a joy to explore, with things to discover at every turn. Its biggest problem was that the whole game seemed to be a setup for something bigger to come, acting as the duller second part of a larger, more expansive trilogy.

Its sales were as anticlimactic as its ending, forcing developer Eidos and publisher Square Enix to put the series on hiatus. We’ve heard nothing about Deus Ex since January this year, so it was a reasonable assumption that Adam Jensen and his cybernetic modifications had been put out to pasture. That’s not quite true.

Eidos Montreal is hard at work on a new Avengers game, and may revisit Deus Ex once they’re done with that. That’s if the studio survives putting out a super-hero game, that is.

“We have never said anything about discontinuing that title but for some reason that’s the rumour out on the market,” Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda said in a new interview with GI.biz.

“What I can say is Eidos Montreal has always developed Deus Ex, and the issue is we do not have limitless resources,” Matsuda said. “We have several big titles that we work with and that’s partly a factor in what our lineup looks like. Of course, it would be ideal if we could work on all of them all of the time, but the fact of the matter is some titles have to wait their turn. The reason there isn’t a Deus Ex right now is just a product of our development lineup because there are other titles we are working on.”

Matsuda added that Deus Ex remains an important franchise for Square Enix, and that there are already discussions on how to take the series further. Hopefully, when news of a sequel does come around, the game-playing world is ready for more Deus Ex. I know I am.

The full interview is quite encompassing, and well worth a read.

Last Updated: November 28, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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