If you were looking forward to today’s debut of the next game in the Deus Ex franchise, prepare yourself for some incoming disappointment. As promised, Square Enix and Eidos Montreal pulled back the curtain on Deus Ex: The Fall this morning, revealing that the upcoming game is an iOS exclusive first-person RPG shooter for the iPhone and iPad.
Eidos Montreal executive game director Jean-Francois debuted Deus Ex: The Fall this morning, calling it the “full Deus Ex experience,” that will bring “exploration, action, hacking, stealth, social enhancers, player choice, and consequence” to the mobile platform. Of course, all of this hot Deus Ex action occurs using “intuitive touchscreen gameplay,” so the fullness of the experience will likely fall a bit short of the mark.
Deus Ex: The Fall is set in the same year as Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2027), but it contains an all-new story that acts as a sequel to the James Swallow novel Deus Ex: Icarus Effect. The game picks up exactly where the story in the novel left off, and has players take control of former British SAS Mercenary Ben Saxon.
The game’s plot revolves around Ben’s struggle against powerful corporations that have taken control over the supply of drugs needed to keep augmented humans alive. As one of the augmented humans, Ben must capture the drugs to save both himself and others like him.
Square Enix’s European mobile division has been working with the Human Revolution team at Eidos Montreal studio on Deus Ex: The Fall, and expects to launch the game on the iOS App Store this summer for $6.99.
The announcement trailer for Deus Ex: The Fall is embedded below, and you can check out the first set of screenshots in our gallery. Make sure to drop us a line in the comments section with your thoughts on today’s announcement.
There is no doubt that Deus Ex: The Fall looks fairly impressive running on the iPad, but I think it is safe to say that this is not exactly what most fans wanted to see for the next installment in the Deus Ex franchise.
Full press release below:
SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES DEUS EX: THE FALL
The DEUS EX series continues on mobile and tablet devices
London (5th June, 2013) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announced DEUS EX: THE FALL™, the new instalment of the award winning DEUS EX® series, coming soon to mobile and tablet devices.
DEUS EX: THE FALL is set in 2027– a golden era for science, technology and human augmentation, but also a time of great social divide and global conspiracy. Powerful corporations have seized control from governments and command the drug supply needed by augmented humans to survive. In this chaos Ben Saxon, a former British SAS Mercenary who underwent physical augmentation, is desperate for the truth behind the drug conspiracy. Betrayed by his private military employers, the Tyrants, not only is his own life at risk, but for all augmented humans, time is running out…
Developed by Square Enix’s Mobile division in Europe, in collaboration with the original DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION® team at Eidos-Montréal and N-Fusion, DEUS EX: THE FALL is a story driven action-RPG and the first DEUS EX in the series to be released on mobile and tablet devices. The game includes never before seen characters from the novel published by Random House, DEUS EX: THE ICARUS EFFECT, picking up directly where the book finishes.
“We’re really excited to continue the DEUS EX series on mobile and start a new journey”, said Jean-François Dugas, Executive Game Director at Eidos-Montréal. “The team has done an incredible job creating a whole new story and controls for intuitive touch screen gameplay, whilst staying true to the DEUS EX universe. Players can expect exploration, action, hacking, stealth, social enhancers, player choice and consequence- the full DEUS EX experience.”
“Smart devices are central to Square Enix’s platform strategy and we approach it with the same attention as our boxed and digital releases. DEUS EX: THE FALL is going to be testament to our commitment in delivering high quality entertainment on mobile and tablet devices,” said Antony Douglas, General Manager of Square Enix Mobile.
Priced at $6.99/£4.99/5.99€, the first instalment of the mobile series will be available this summer.
DEUS EX: THE FALL will be playable at the Square Enix booth at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in the South Hall #1647.
For more information about DEUS EX: THE FALL, log onto www.deusex.com/TheFall or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DeusEx and YouTube www.youtube.com/DeusExOfficial