The hype leading up to the release of last year’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was big, and most expected the game to follow in the footsteps of previous entry, Deus Ex: Human Revolution in becoming a big hit with both fans and critics. While Deus Ex: Mankind Divided did prove itself among critics, garnering an impressive score of 83 on Metacritic, the game failed to deliver as many sales as the previous entry in the Deus Ex franchise. The reasons many fans have given for their disappointment in the game varies, but one major complaint boiled down to the relatively short main campaign and the abrupt ending.
With that said, many fans were clamoring for another entry as soon as possible that would hopefully tie up the loose ends left by Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Those hopes have now been (at least temporarily) crushed, however, as it’s officially been announced that the Deus Ex series has been officially placed on hiatus.
According to Eurogamer, publisher Square Enix will not be making a Deus Ex game anytime in the immediate future. While the series is not altogether canceled, it’s rumored that it could be many years before another entry is made. When asked on the future of Deus Ex, developer Eidos Montreal responded:
"While we are still working on expanding the Deus Ex Universe, along with creating new content and updates for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we're also devoting our talents towards working with Crystal Dynamics and Marvel on The Avengers project."
While it’s encouraging that publisher Eidos Montreal is still seemingly committed to the Deus Ex world, it’s very unlikely that fans will see a new game given Square Enix’s new partnership with Marvel for an Avengers game as well as the Eidos Montreal team presumably working on a Guardians of the Galaxy game. There’s also a question of what this delay means for the long-gestating Deus Ex movie adaptation, though there’s been no official word on that project for quite some time.
While there are certainly a legion of fans upset that there won’t be a Deus Ex game for the foreseeable future, this could actually prove to be a positive thing for the franchise. While Square Enix and Eidos Montreal are working on the potentially lucrative Marvel games, they can potentially take their time with the series and hopefully construct a game that will resonate more with fans if and when it makes an inevitable comeback years down the road.
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