Cyberpunk-infused RPG Deus Ex is back and publisher Square Enix just held a live press conference brimming with new announcements related to the game. Scroll down for all the important info you might've missed.
Deus Ex Go
As with Hitman and Tomb Raider, Square Enix have introduced a top-down, puzzle-focused twist on a familiar franchise, bringing Deus Ex to mobile devices. Studio head Patrick Naud said:
"Building on the learnings of Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go, our goal is to push the experience a step further in terms of visual treatment and game design in order to bring you a fresh, re-imagined puzzle experience that celebrates the franchise."
Don't expect the Go spin-offs to die down anytime soon, as domain names have also been registered for Just Cause Go, Life is Strange Go and Thief GO.
Deus Ex Breach
Breach is a separate standalone mode based off the core game mechanics of Deus Ex. It features a rather striking, abstract art style that recalls Tron. The game will feature its own story arc, original characters, and appears to have a large multiplayer component.
According to a press release from Square Enix:
Breach is an innovative game mode, included for free with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This new take on the game offers, for the very first time, an arcade approach on the gameplay of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, providing players with a connected puzzle shooter experience. As a Ripper, a hacker in the year 2029, your objective is to obtain and sell highly classified corporate data by infiltrating some of the world’s most secure servers, using the funds you acquire to upgrade both your skills and arsenal.
As you play, the rewards you earn, including XP, credits, and booster packs, will allow you to face the increasing difficulty of the game. Challenge yourself, your friends, and people from around the world in the ultimate Deus Ex arcade twist. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach is a live game mode, introducing new challenges and features by rolling out updates on a regular basis.
Square Enix are getting into prosthetics
The publisher has teamed up with Open Bionics, an open-source initiative for the development of affordable, light-weight, modular robot hands, to make a prototype of Adam Jensen's arm.
Due in 2017, the new range of Deus Ex inspired limbs will aim to “make fashionable robotic prosthesis accessible to a larger audience”.
Mankind Divided gameplay demo
Here's what everyone turned up to see: an uninterrupted 18 minute gameplay demo from the upcoming sequel, Mankind Divided. The game is set two years after the events of Human Revolution, picking up with the aug crisis in full swing, as mechanically altered humans lose control of their bodies and become savagely violent.
This particular demo takes place in Prague; a city now guarded by an intense security force, who will shake you down for fines and gate your access to restricted areas. The guards will also pay you the occasional compliment:
"You are some kind of badass?"
After moving through the narrow city streets, protagonist Adam Jensen spies a route to the rooftops. This is a Deus Ex game, so there's always more than one way to complete your goal.
Hacking is back and seems familiar, taking you to this tile-based grid system:
It works in a similar way to Human Revolution's mini-game, which I ended up having a ton of unexpected fun with.
Jensen's augmented powers of course make a return, with Smart vision coming in handy during the demo:
You can see through walls, identify enemies and even find out which weapons they're holding, so you can plan the best route of attack.
The demo closed with a combat scenario, with Jensen able to choose whether to take out enemies lethally or mercifully, as demonstrated by the stun gun below:
We can't wait to see more when E3 kicks off in earnest next week. Check out the article below so you don't miss a moment of it!
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided launches on PS4, Xbox One and PC on August 23, 2016.