Eidos is sharing some new information about its upcoming cyberpunk RPG Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – but fans will have to work to get it.
In a new, interactive trailer, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s executive art director JJB teases something called the Titan Shield, one of main character Adam Jensen’s new cybernetic augmentations. Elias Toufexis, the actor who plays Jensen, wants to know more. Unfortunately, the design is locked away behind a level-8 non-disclosure agreement, and JJB isn’t talking. It’s up to the viewer to guide the duo’s conversation and coax the information out of the reluctant designer.
It’s really pretty clever. The whole thing unfolds like one of Deus Ex’s in-game conversations: viewers need to choose the right dialogue options from timed menus (they’ll also want to download the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided mobile app), to unlock JJB’s treasured information. As a franchise, Deus Ex is famous for its choice-driven gameplay and interactive, open-ended narrative, and the trailer does a good job of capturing that same feeling – in a very, very silly way.
The trailer is just the first piece of Deus Ex material that dropped earlier. This morning, Square Enix announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s first in-game footage will appear at the company’s E3 press event, which is scheduled for June 16 at 9 A.M. PDT. In addition, Videogamer unveiled a collection of seven screenshots, a few of which are brand new.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place two years after Deus Ex: Human Revolution, in a world that’s completely turned on the transhuman (i.e. cybernetically-enhanced) community. Adam Jensen serves as part of a government-sanctioned strike group called Task Force 29, which is charged with tracking down and neutralizing transhuman threats; however, the brooding hero doesn’t fully trust Task 29’s motives, and can also align himself with criminal overlords and a covert organization called the Juggernaut Collective.
Eidos Montreal, the game’s developer, promises that Mankind Divided will stay true to the Deus Ex canon, and the studio is trying to include elements of all of Human Revolution’s various endings in Mankind Divided’s backstory. According to Eidos’ interactive E3 trailer, the game is coming “soon” to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, although the latter version is being developed by Nixxes, the same studio that handled Human Revolution’s PC port.
Expect more news about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to hit very soon; after all, E3 is only ten days away.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is in development for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.