Three days ago, Square Enix teased a new game, which was scheduled to be unveiled during an “interactive experience” broadcast over the game-focused streaming platform Twitch. Yesterday, the promotion started. It’s called Can’t Kill Progress, and so far consists mainly of a man trapped in a room doing… well, not much of anything.
That’s beside the point, however, the game announcement itself leaked earlier today, revealing that Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal are hard at work on a new Deus Ex title called Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. While the initial leak didn’t contain much information, accompanying screenshots implied that Mankind Divided is a direct sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and will once again star that game’s protagonist, Adam Jensen.
In light of the leak, Game Informer – who has clearly had an exclusive about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in production for a while, given that the game graces the cover of the latest issue – has released more information about the upcoming title. Yes, Adam Jensen will return as the game’s protagonist. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place two years after the end of Human Revolution, in which the Illuminati turned transhumans – i.e. people with mechanical and cybernetic implants – against the general population. Jensen now works as a member of Interpol, tracking down cyborg terrorists in a world that “now hates and fears transhumans.”
While the Game Informer article is light on details (after all, they want people to buy the magazine), there are a few hints as to what players can expect gameplay-wise from Mankind Divided. Notably, Eidos Montreal will improve the game’s boss battles, which felt oddly out of place in Deus Ex’s last iteration. Combat is also receiving an overhaul, and Jensen has been given a host of new augmentations, giving him the ability to hack electronic devices remotely, erect a “nearly indestructible nanoshield,” and use his nano blade as a projectile weapon.
Still, the heart of Deus Ex isn’t really combat, it’s choice. Deus Ex games are famous for giving players multiple ways to tackle objectives, and it doesn’t sound like that’s going to change. According to Game Informer, Mankind Divided emphasizes “player choice-driven gameplay” and sports a large, “open-ended” world, with the kind of flexible plotline that Deus Ex fans have become accustomed to.
More details are included in the newest issue of Game Informer, which is available now on tablets and computers.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is in development for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It has no scheduled release date.
Source: Game Informer