Eidos Montreal is already hard at work on the next Deus Ex title, a direct sequel to the critically lauded Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The new game is called Mankind Divided and sees Adam Jensen returning as the main protagonist in the new game.
Game Informer managed to land the exclusive, talking with the developers about the upcoming title, the plot of the upcoming game, the mechanics and the leap from the old and dying seventh-gen machines to the newer, middle-class eighth-gen consoles.
No matter what decision you made at the end of Human Revolution, the story follows through with Jensen surviving and augmented humans being in the cross-hairs of a turbulent society. As mentioned in the article…
“Set in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Adam Jensen returns and joins forces with an Interpol-funded task force aiming to hunt down and capture augmented terrorists in a world that now hates and fears transhumans. Jensen has a new suite of augmentations that allow him to cleverly navigate stealth, combat, and social interactions, but how Jensen chooses to solve every problem is entirely up to you.”
The short gist of the story from Human Revolution was that the Illuminati wanted to take mankind to all new heights by altering their DNA to meld with augmented cybernetics without requiring any drugs to force the human body to adapt. Jensen was the missing link to make the bridge since he was a test-tube baby. However, Jensen fought against the machine and fought against the kind of progress the Illuminati was gunning for. At the same time, a rogue group wanted to tarnish the image of augmentations to keep human society pure. The idealists from both sides clashed and it all went haywire, requiring Jensen to make some tough decisions at the end.
How some of those decisions will play into the new game is completely up in the air right now but I’m sure we’ll find out more in the 12-page layout in the upcoming issue of Game Informer. What we do know is that Jensen will have access to all new augmentation abilities and brand new weapons and stealth takedowns at his disposal.
I’m a little bit reserved about this newest Deus Ex. My biggest reservation is the limited technology of the eighth-gen consoles. While we’re seeing some amazing new advancements with Star Citizen and a development roadmap that mostly blows a bunch of other games clean out of the water, I’m leery about the trade-offs Eidos may have to make for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for the Xbox One and PS4.
Also, minor nitpick, but Mankind Divided sounds a lot less socially philosophical than Human Revolution. Otherwise, it’ll be interesting to see what’s unveiled for the upcoming Square Enix title.