If you’re a fan of the cyberpunk RPG and FPS trappings of Deus Ex, we have some good news for you; Square Enix has said that the series has a future. The bad news? Well, with everything that Square Enix has on its plate at the moment, the Deus Ex franchise will have to wait its turn before we see anything new from it.
Though the commercial performance of the most recent entry, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided may have disappointed, Square Enix still apparently sees a future for the long running franchise.
Square Enix confirms that Deus Ex has a future
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda reinforced the point that the company very much believes in the series, but that other projects currently consume the resources that a new Deus Ex game would require. Moreover, Matsuda-san offered up a rebuke to media reports that the franchise was put on ice saying “We have never said anything about discontinuing that title but for some reason that's the rumour out on the market,”.
Elaborating further, Matsuda continued, “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. Of course, it would be ideal if we could work on all of them all of the time, but the fact of the matter is some titles have to wait their turn. The reason there isn't a Deus Ex right now is just a product of our development line-up because there are other titles we are working on.”
As to what those ‘other titles’ are, we know that after winning the lucrative Marvel license, that Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics is working hard on an Avengers title. As such, the logic bares out that Square Enix is keen to do right by the Marvel IP, and sticking some of their best talent on projects attached to that property would seem to be a sensible move.
For what it’s worth, we were rather smitten with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided when we reviewed it last year; awarding it a lofty 9/10 score.