Deus Ex: Human Revolution stormed onto gamers' radar with its outstanding pre-E3 trailer last June. This Blade Runner meets Ghost in the Shell conspiracy thriller is the prequel to the outstanding Deus Ex, a series that had been somewhat forgotten after its less thrilling sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War. The pre-E3 trailer took the conspiracy-driven model of the series and added movie-like CGI to provide more dramatic urgency to the story. This resulted in a lot of positive attention from the gaming community and raised the title's profile considerably.
Square Enix and Eidos Montreal took notice and have continued to tease the game via the steady release of kick-ass trailers. Now the companies have put together an extended CGI trailer lasting over five minutes. Check it out below:
We've seen many of the sequences before in some of the previous trailers: the Icarus allegory, the conspiracy theories, the riots, the snapping of necks through walls, and the ill-fated event that causes protagonist Adam Jensen to undergo his cybernetic transformation. Even the same haunting soundtrack from composer Michael McCann is used. Still, the extended version manages to pack a dramatic and cinematic punch. For a moment, I found myself wishing this were an actual movie rather than a video game. Hopefully, the full game will be able to deliver an experience that can live up to the weight of these trailers.
One interesting item of note was at the end of the video where the platforms were listed. The expected PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC symbols were present, but in the fine print, a reference was made to the Kinect. Perhaps it was boilerplate language, but we've sent an inquiry to Eidos Montreal just to be sure. If any game attempts to utilize the Kinect in a similar fashion to the movie Minority Report, this could certainly be the one.
[Update: David Anfossi, producer of Deus Ex, denied that the game will use the Kinect]
Let us know what you think of the new trailer. And if you're new to the Deus Ex universe, check out our Deus Ex: Human Revolution preview from E3.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be raising the dramatic stakes when it is released on March 8, 2011, for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and OnLive.