Square Enix and Eidos Montreal announced officially today a sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, titled Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Information leaked out yesterday in the midst of a ad campaign on Twitch that had users watching a guy locked up in a prison cell. Various clues had already brought many to the conclusion that this was a new Deus Ex game, but proper screenshots leaked from a Russian website, followed by the (most likely slightly premature) unveiling of Deus Ex as Game Informer‘s May magazine cover.
Now we have an official trailer to go with the screenshots. The anti-augmentation climate has only worsened since the end of Human Revolution, pitting terrorist groups against each other. Adam Jensen, the game’s protagonist, returns. He’s no longer a corporate security agent, but rather what the official press release calls a “super-augmented, anti-terrorist agent playing by his own rules.”
The trailer shows off some awesome looking new augmentations, including a wrist-mounted blade launcher and a body shield made up of the triangles so frequently used in the game’s user interface and ads.
The trailer shows Jensen as an ultra-lethal killing machine, but it doesn’t sound like we’ll be any more locked into that than we were in Human Revolution. Eidos Montreal’s Head of Studio David Anfossi says that the game will offer fans an “all-encompassing experience, one which will challenge their skills as players and emphasize decision-making based on real world topics.”
While Human Revolution had some serious issues with boss fights, the rest of the game was rightfully hailed as a return to form for a game property that had been dormant for too long. The game emphasized personal play-style without sacrificing narrative, and put the player in charge of some compelling decisions. If Mankind Divided can continue that, we should have a great game on our hands.
A release date has not yet been announced, but Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be releasing on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.