Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – New Information on the New DX12 Title in the Deus Ex Universe

Posted Apr 11, 2015
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According to industry insider Shinobi602, the latest issue of Game Informer reveals a lot of information on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. You can check the details from Neogaf below:

  • Takes place in 2029, 2 years after Human Revolution
  • Listed as single-player, no mention of multiplayer
  • Jensen is part of a covert, government-sponsored task force called Task Force 29, a new branch of Interpol, to combat a new breed of terrorism
  • Jensen doesn’t full trust Task Force 29, also feeds intel to another covert organization called the Juggernaut Collective
  • In true Deus Ex fashion, you often receive conflicting missions, neither can be fully trusted
  • Boss encounters are designed in a way to allow players to approach any way they want (stealth, full combat, etc)
  • Eidos won’t comment on which ending it considers canon but is trying to string together different parts of each ending for the overall background of Mankind Divided
  • Story is in many ways a story of redemption for Jensen
  • The story they’re telling is building to events that take place in the original Deus Ex
  • With Mankind Divided, they’re exploring the original game’s past; “Is the depiction of past events from the original Deus Ex true? Will we discover stuff we never knew?”
  • Added a lot of diversity to the environments
  • Females are also now part of the regular enemies in the game
  • One of Jensen’s missions takes him to Utulek Station in Prague, now a ghetto for augmented individuals
  • It is nicknamed “Golem City”, based on the real life Kowloon Walled City
  • Shops line the streets, temporary housing units stacked on one another reaching upwards toward the sky; claustrophobic atmosphere
  • Mission to track down a leader of an aug group, but police have captured the informant
  • Can choose to butter up the informant’s wife for clues or cause a scene with the police
  • Alternatively Jensen can bypass this area of the game altogether and find the leader’s hideout on his own
  • Mentions Jensen engaging in tense conversation with the leader, resulting in a diplomatic solution or violence
  • Transhumans (augs) referred to as “clanks” by police
  • “You can go full combat or full stealth throughout any part of the game”
  • Side quests meant to be more meaningful; ex. players can choose to make deals with criminal organizations and its mob boss might call in a favor later interrupting main missions
  • Doesn’t want fetch quests, the team sees the extra quests as a way to explore the main themes of the game more deeply
  • Features twice as many augmentations as Human Revolution
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Aug examples:

Tesla: little darts pop out of Jensen’s knuckles allowing him to tag enemies and take them out quietly

Silent Run: Allows Jensen to move quickly across any floor without making a sound (can combine with cloaking)

C.A.S.I.E.: Allows Jensen to analyze the mental state of individuals, helping him to respond adequately in conversations

PEPS Gun: Non-lethal weapon that pops out of Jensen’s bionic arm and fires a concussive blast allowing him to knock an enemy out, kill him or flee

  • Augmentation features can be assigned on the d-pad for quick selection
  • Augmentations consume a fixed amount of energy, when Jensen stops using them he regains a portion of it
  • Can still refill his augs completely with bio cells, Eidos wants the recharge mechanic to encourage using augs more liberally
  • New remote hack augmentation allows Jensen to activate shortcuts through areas to pass enemies
  • No plan for Human Revolution saves to carry over, but Eidos is planning for a franchise now, want to expand further after HR’s success
  • No plans for a Deus Ex MMO
  • Eidos noted fans who played stealthily enjoyed the game more so spent several years iterating on gunplay
  • Mankind Divided’s moment-to-moment action plays out like a series of set-piece moments, a ‘remarkable feat’ considering nothing is scripted
  • Jensen can adjust his weapons at any point mid-battle, changing ammo type, firing pattern, scopes, etc
  • Some enemies have external tech like exoskeletons and mechs to combat Jensen
  • Variety of enemies have a diversity of weapons, augments, or other high-tech combat tools, some have high-jump abilities, etc
  • Focused on making A.I. more aggressive, flanking, etc
  • Certain elements of the environment now react to combat
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Deus Ex certainly looks incredible, lets hope for some gameplay at E3 in June

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided definitely seems amazing. Lets hope that we get to see some gameplay footage at E3 2015. The title ids currently under development for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. No release window has been given yet but we know that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has support for DX12 and AMD’s new TressFX 3,0 tech. Be sure to check out our previous coverage for a lot more interesting information here and here.

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