Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer Highlights the Mechanical Apartheid

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The latest trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided sets the stage for Eidos Montreal’s highly anticipated sequel, establishing a growing divide between humans and augs.

In just a few months, developer Eidos Montreal will release the follow-up to its critically acclaimed RPG shooter Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It’s been quite a while since gamers had last seen the world of Adam Jensen, so the folks at Eidos have decided to release a new live action trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided that sets the stage nicely.

For those who may not be caught up on their Deus Ex lore, Human Revolution left things in a somewhat contentious state. A negative sentiment was brewing towards humans with augmentations (“augs”) to the point that violence was fast becoming a major problem. This latest Deus Ex: Mankind Divided trailer suggests that the tipping point has been well and truly passed, and a “mechanical apartheid” has formed between humans and augs. That isn’t to say the divide was unwarranted, as an unexpected event – referred to as the Aug Incident – drove any augmented humans towards violence.

It’s obviously a fantastical concept, but the idea of a segregated population mirrors our current society in some terrifying ways. Thankfully, at the end of the day, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided only aims to be interactive entertainment, even if some of its themes will resonate

As far as how Adam Jensen figures into things, the trailer doesn’t make that as clear. We know from prior gameplay details that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set two years after the events of Human Revolution, and sees Jensen working to take down groups of aug terrorists.

Although the boss battles in Deus Ex: Human Revolution were arguably a weak point in the game, most seemed to enjoy Eidos’ reboot of the franchise. Our Deus Ex review pegged the game as an achievement for Eidos and an exciting new direction for the beloved franchise. As a result, anticipation for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided appears to be much higher.

Moreover, fans eager to see new footage of Deus Ex should keep their eyes peeled to Game Rant in the next few weeks, as the title is sure to be a key piece of Square Enix’s E3 2016 slate. Gameplay demos, new trailers, and maybe even more story information should hit early next month, and continue to build hype for the late summer release date.

Are you excited for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided? Where do you side on the augs versus humans debate?

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided releases August 23, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.