It’ll likely be a while before we see Adam Jensen and the world of Deus Ex again. Eurogamer has it from their sources that, following some “underwhelming sales” of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Square Enix has decided that the Deus Ex franchise needs to be “placed on hiatus.”
Eurogamer did not reveal their sources.
Word has it that Mankind Divided‘s underperformance at retail has pushed Square Enix to focus Eidos Montreal on other properties. That studio, previously responsible for Deus Ex, is working on a new Tomb Raider and a few Marvel-related projects.
That’s right, in case you missed the news last week, Square Enix has paired up with Marvel for a few video games. Eidos Montreal is working on a game for Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers. That bit about Guardians? That’s a rumor, too, heard by Eurogamer. The Avengers title has been officially announced.
With the Marvel projects, something had to give
Eidos Montreal is easily one of Square Enix’s best western studios. If they were tapped to work on not only The Avengers but also Guardians of the Galaxy, other projects had to take a break. If Deus Ex‘s sales weren’t what Square Enix wanted, then it makes sense that it would be the franchise to warm the bench.
Hopefully all of this is temporary.
We’ll have more on Eidos Montreal, Square Enix and Deus Ex as it comes.