Mere days after the announcement of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s second piece of downloadable content, a report has emerged suggesting that the Deus Ex series has been put on hiatus.
Eurogamer reports that the failure of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to match Square-Enix’s sales expectations, combined with the publisher’s shift in focus to its recently revealed Marvel partnership, has resulted in the series being put on ice. As such, ‘A Criminal Past’ will be the final DLC for the game, and a planned third entry in the series, which was intended to close Adam Jensen’s storyline, will not eventuate for quite some time, if at all.
Instead, series developer Eidos Montreal will be heading development on two new projects, the previously rumoured Shadow of the Tomb Raider (taking over the series from Crystal Dynamics) and a new game based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition to these projects, the team has been announced to be collaborating on the Avengers Project.
If true, this series of events spells the temporary end of the Deus Ex Universe project, announced back in 2013 as a trans-media effort to create a more connected and immersive experience than can typically be crafted within a single medium. It will also mark the second hiatus for the franchise, after eight years passed between the second entry, Deus Ex: Invisible War, and Human Revolution’s reboot in 2011.
The report comes as an unexpected blow after Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was so strongly received. OnlySP’s Gareth Newnham scored the title 8/10, saying that it is one of the “rare cases where . . . being more of the same is the highest praise” that can be given.
Looking forward, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is currently unconfirmed and so without a release date, while Square-Enix has said that no new information on the Avengers Project will be available until next year.