Deus Ex, a game franchise largely thought to have recoiled into nothingness, has reared its head once again. The game’s Japanese developers, Square Enix provoked the attention of the international gaming community last week, contradicting previous sentiments that the series was to go on hold following growing commitments to other projects.
The studio envisioned the creation of "an ongoing, expanding and connected game world built across a generation of core games".
These plans however, quickly unravelled after the much anticipated 2016 release ‘Deus Ex- Mankind Divided’ failed to perform on a commercial level, putting the series on an indefinite hiatus.
In a recent interview with gamesindustrybiz, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda opened up about the current state of affairs at Square Enix, as well as the future around the Deux Ex franchise.
“We have never said anything about discontinuing that title but for some reason that's the rumour out on the market. What I can say is Eidos Montreal has always developed Deus Ex, and the issue is we do not have limitless resources. We have several big titles that we work with and that's partly a factor in what our line-up looks like.”
Contrary to popular opinion it seems, the game is still very much at the forefront of Square Enix’s ‘to-do’ list, although it is not the developer’s number one priority. Such reservations are speculated to be withheld for the likes of potential Marvel collaborations such as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘The Avengers’.
Whilst conservative about detailing the resources being pooled in the production of these instalments, Yosuke quantified "I can't really go into specific numbers but I can say we're dedicating considerable development resources to them, especially out of the Western studios. I believe that the level of the game that we're developing right now, as far as I have seen, is amazing and you'll be seeing news about it going forward.”
A series set in a not too distant dystopian future, Deus Ex plunges the player into a world inhabited by a number of deadly factions, each vying for power and control. Playing as powerfully augmented humans in possession of artificially acquired superhuman abilities, players must shoot and sneak their way through a number of intricately designed levels.
Favoured amongst fans for its multipathed gameplay and glistening character driven narratives, the Deus EX series has long been attributed as one the gaming industry’s crowning glories. A pioneering force within the world of first-person shooters, the Deus Ex franchise is understood as the blueprint to many of the games that we know and love today.
Elaborating upon his initial statement spokesperson and CEO of Square Enix Yosuke went on to detail the unceasing importance of Deus Ex, citing it as a “very important franchise”.
Whilst to many fans the news may be bittersweet, many are excited at the prospect of a re-entry into an already established and much-loved world.
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