At the turn of the millennium, Ion Storm delivered the original Deus EX; a futuristic cyberpunk that was, in retrospect, a landmark for PC gaming. Following this, the developer’s chief publisher Eidos Interactive was acquired by Square Enix in 2009, which produced the overly successful prequel, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Not only did the game mine the series’ rich legacy, it also introduced console players to the RPG experience. And now, in a bid to expand the technocratic universe further, Eidos Montreal has announced Deus Ex: Universe, which is billed as a “connected game world built across a generation of core games.”
The studio unveiled the bold, cross-media concept through its website and stated that the connected sphere will produce supplementary content in other media – namely smartphones, tablets and literature. Speaking about the mantra behind the project and the general direction of Deus Ex: Universe, the company’s studio head David Anfossi had this to say:
“We’re very excited about [Deus Ex: Universe] at the studio and I wanted to let you know that most of the team behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution is already working hard on this new game. It took us four years to learn how to create a unique Deus Ex experience with Human Revolution and it was important for me to keep this knowledge within the franchise.”
Deus Ex: Universe will encompass multiple games on both next-gen consoles and PC, and though the company remained vague on any specifics, we understand that development on the first game – which is said to act as the proverbial lynchpin in Deus Ex: Universe – is already underway. Placing an emphasis on the dark, dystopian setting, Anfossi also assured fans of the franchise that the new iterations will be tonally consistent with previous Deus Ex titles.
Though a decade separated Deus Ex: Human Evolution from its seminal predecessor, the demand for the biomechanical narrative was wholly apparent two years ago; in fact, Deus Ex: Human revolution shipped 2.18 million copies during its first six months on the market – and even Square Enix weren’t disappointed by that.
This success is conveyed by the studio’s other announcement: a comprehensive Director’s Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which will launch on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC October 25th. In the meantime, check out the newly-released trailer for the complete edition of the game below and be sure to leave your thoughts about Deus Ex: Universe in the comments, too.
Source: Eidos Montreal