This week, Square Enix have been running a mysterious promotion for a new game via Twitch, causing rampant speculation across the internet as to what title the campaign has been teasing. Now, that information has been leaked a day before the three-day event was scheduled to end — and the title has been revealed to be Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Many had speculated that it was indeed a Deus Ex game that was being promoted — we knew that the project was based on a title from a Western studio, and the content we’ve seen thus far certainly resembled the series’ tone and style. However, the confirmation that it’s a fully fledged installment in the franchise will be warmly received by fans.
In 2013, a trademark for Deus Ex: The Fall was registered by Square Enix, which many fans took to be the sequel to 2011’s well-received Human Revolution. However, that wasn’t the case; it was actually just a mobile title. The game was later released for PC, but the port was widely criticized.
As such, there will be plenty of fans who are excited to return to the cyberpunk future of Deus Ex. The original title, which released in 2000, is widely heralded as one of the best games of all time. The game excelled at making a player’s choices matter, even when such mechanics were relatively uncommon.
However, it seemed that the series had hit a wall when Deus Ex: Invisible War hit shelves in 2003. Fans saw the title as an oversimplified take on the gameplay that had made the original so engaging, and the series would lay dormant for the best part of a decade. When Human Revolution was announced, many worried that it would be little more than a cash in — but the finished product was very highly praised.
The only information we have regarding the title comes from an article that’s been run through Google Translate — so there may be a few details that are muddled by the language barrier. However, the leaked images confirm that we’ll once again be playing as Adam Jensen, who was the protagonist of Human Revolution.
It seems that either stealth-based gameplay or a guns blazing approach will work in Mankind Divided — something that’s emblematic of the series’ choice-based gameplay. As for the story, players will see how ordinary humans and their augmented counterparts came to be divided, a major theme in Human Revolution and the backdrop for the original Deus Ex.
We’ll know more about Mankind Divided when the official reveal takes place tomorrow, and nd we’ll likely see more of it at E3 in June. Until then, fans of the series have a few images to pore over for a few more clues.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to release for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. No release date has been announced.