Embracer Group's acquisition of Square Enix's prominent Western studios, Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montréal, and Square Enix Montréal, alongside their IPs, was an unexpected turn of events in the gaming industry. In light of this announcement, the studio behind the recent Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has revealed that it's looking to revive Deus Ex post-acquisition.
This surprising yet exciting announcement comes from studio head David Anfossi, during a recent conference following the studio's acquisition. While it has been years since the last Deus Ex entry, Anfossi stated that the game's revival would be their "first game".
Eidos Montreal's next game could be in the Deus Ex series
First reported by Shacknews, Eidos Montréal may be working on a new Deux Ex game sometime soon. This news should excite both long-term fans and newcomers who haven't yet experienced the joy of playing through Deus Ex's branching narrative and gameplay systems.
The last mainline entry in the Deux Ex series was 2016's Deux Ex Mankind Divided, which despite receiving mostly positive reviews from fans and critics, didn't meet Square Enix's sales expectations. As a result, the Japanese publisher decided to put the long-running franchise on hold as the studio worked on other projects like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
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Six years have passed since the last big entry in the Deux Ex franchise, and fans are still yearning for a potential sequel or reboot. In 2022, Deux Ex's official Twitter and Reddit accounts are brimming with incredible fan art from the Deux Ex universe.
It's no surprise that fans want a full-fledged new single-player entry in the Deux Ex franchise. One Reddit post, in particular, from January 2022, is about Adam Jensen and how much they want him to return for a new Deux Ex game.
While some comments on the posts were optimistic, others bashed Square Enix's shift in approach to game development in 2022, which includes the inclusion of NFTs.
Redditor Mighteer wrote, "Well, maybe they include NFTs in the new Deus Ex, and after it ends poorly again, they will blame the franchise again. Like their last fiasco with MD." Another Redditor, however, remains hopeful, saying, "My life would be complete if they produced one final game to connect Mankind Divided and Conspiracy."
We don't know when the next Deux Ex game will arrive and on what platforms, but we can guess it will use all new tech, presumably Unreal Engine 5. In the meantime, stay close to the official Deux Ex and Eidos Montreal's social media channels for any announcements and updates.
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