The Deus Ex Universe Is Expanding!
Eidos Montreal have made a rather interesting announcement on their website. Firstly, the director's cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution now has a ship date and it's October 22nd (or the 25th if you live in a PAL region like me). This edition of the incredibly successful revival of the series will be available on PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360.
David Anfossi wrote in the announcement:
"Over the last 18 months, the team has been working very hard on the development of the Director's Cut. With this edition, we gave the team the envious task of pushing the boundaries of innovation and creativity to explore something we believe will become a big part of the future of the franchise, the second screen experience. When the game launches, players will have the opportunity to experience Human Revolution in a new and unique way through SmartGlass, the PSVita and the Wii U GamePad."
But the Deus Ex team are taking things even further than a shiny new edition of the latest entry in the series. David Anfossi continued:
"I'm really excited to let you know that we are working on an ambitious idea which we're calling Deus Ex: Universe. The concept behind Deus Ex: Universe is to create an ongoing, expanding and connected game world built across a generation of core games. It's a commitment on our part to deliver meaningful content that expands the franchise on a regular basis and to deliver a deep conspiracy that will span several connected Deus Ex games, creating a more immersive and richer experience than ever before. Deus Ex: Universe will include PC and console games, but also additional Deus Ex games and experiences available in other media such as tablets, smartphones, books, graphic novels, etc... You might have seen the name pop up recently in the press – well this is what it's all about."
Apparently a team comprised of several members from the Human Revolution team is already developing a new game within this expanded universe for next gen consoles as well as our beloved PCs. Further details about this new game are sparse but Anfossi does give us a piece of concept art (which you can see above) and an explanation for the aforementioned concept art.
"I want to leave you with a piece of concept art from our next-gen Deus Ex game that shows trans-humanism segregation, which is a backdrop to our vision for the next Deus Ex. It represents a "ghetto-city' voluntarily built in order to separate the classes. The people in this segregated class have reshaped their environment, nostalgic for their ideal of Cyber Renaissance. This dark and dystopian vision sets the tone for things to come in Deus Ex."
You can read the full announcement here.