We previously discussed many aspects of this footage in our E3 Preview of the game. As you can see from the trailer, the combat is a first-person/third-person hybrid. When shooting weapons at your enemies or just generally moving the protagonist, Adam Jensen, around the game world, the camera stays in first-person mode, but when you choose to use cover or make a contextual assassination/knockout maneuver, the camera pulls back to show you in action. A good example of how this works can be seen in the trailer: Jensen sneaks up on an enemy in first-person, knocks him out in third, and then drags the body from a first-person point of view again. It's an interesting idea in theory, and looked impressive during the playthrough.
Other than Killzone 2, first-person shooters have not been great at implementing cover systems. However, third-person shooters have excelled at this, so Eidos Montreal's hybrid idea could be very effective. While it works well in the E3 footage, we'll have to wait to see more regular combat to see whether it works well throughout the game.
A cause of concern is how much the trailer focuses on contextual combat moves. They are impressive to watch but hopefully they don't dominate the game. The game IS supposed to be a role-playing shooter, so future footage may better illustrate how that aspect of the game will play out.
What do you Deus Ex fans think of the new footage? And those of you that are new to the series, let us know whether the trailer made you believers in the Deus Ex universe.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set for release in February 2011 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, and OnLive.