In 2011, Deus Ex: Human Revolution was one of the more widely-celebrated franchise-revivals in video gaming of recent memory. A reworking of a beloved PC action-RPG franchise, the cyberpunk thriller introduced players to cyborg anti-hero Adam Jensen (who never asked for this) as he fought to unravel a series of dark conspiracies in a dystopian future where society had been changed forever by technological innovations allowing humans to augment their bodies and minds with cybernetic parts. A feature film adaptation has since been announced.
Now, the launch trailer for the latest installment of the series, Mankind Divided, has debuted to show players what they, and Jensen, are in for next.
Set in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, the game features Jensen working with his allies in the Juggernaut collective to defeat the shadowy Illuminati organization. The organization was revealed to be behind the conspiracy to cause lethal malfunctions in the implants of augmented individuals in order to discredit cybernetic technology with the public. The action will once again feature a mix of first-person primary gameplay and a third-person cover system, along with upgradeable abilities and skills to increase effectiveness and variety of play-styles.
The game was originally set to launch last February, but was delayed to further refine the finished product. It’s pre-order system was at one point fraught with controversy, as it was set to offer a series of “tiered rewards” for bonus content which consumer advocates negatively compared to an unofficial crowdfunding campaign – the tier-system was ultimately scrapped, and the bulk of pre-order content will be available to all customers at launch. The trailer additionally shows off a special edition of the game including a “prism box,” Adam Jensen figure, art book and more.
Mankind Divided has also stirred up controversy due to its employment of blunt references to real-world political and historical events as parallels for the story of the game. A reference to “mechanical apartheid” to describe the state of unrest between augmented and unaugmented humans in the game was roundly criticized as being insensitive to the history of South African racial-discrimination with which the term “apartheid” is most frequently associated. Meanwhile, a more recent promotional image featuring a protest banner reading “Aug Lives Matter” was excoriated on social media for (unintentionally or not) making light of the real-life “Black Lives Matter” civil rights movement.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set for release on August 23rd, 2016.
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