Last year’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided could be the last entry in the franchise for a while.
Poor sales, a troubled development, and publisher Square Enix’s shifted focus towards Marvel and Tomb Raider have all contributed to the shelving.
A report on Eurogamer claims that despite wide critical acclaim for Mankind Divided, the game’s sales were underwhelming.
Upon release it quickly shot up to number one in most regions, but it declined and fell out of the top 10 just as quickly.
This has prompted Square Enix to reevaluate the franchise’s value, and coupled with a complicated and reportedly troubled development cycle, it’s clear that Deus Ex is on the back-burner, and will be for a while.
Interestingly, reports surfacing overnight suggest such was Mankind Divided‘s long and troubled creation, Eidos Montreal was forced to split the game in two, with initial plans to release a sequel shortly after the release.
This would explain many of the plot holes that plague the game’s second half, which left fans scratching their heads and searching for closure. While some planned story DLC is still in the pipeline, it’s focused on the time before the game, meaning all of the game’s established plots won’t be closed.
With the sudden shelving of the franchise, it appears unlikely that we’ll ever get that closure. While there was a five-year gap between Human Revolution and Mankind Divided, it would appear counteractive to Square’s intention to shelve the project, only to then release a sequel once the game has been forgotten.
There’s another reason why Square may be reshuffling its focus: its recently-announced blockbuster deal with Marvel.
Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics is working on a new Avengers game, while a majority of the Mankind Divided team is working on the new Lara Croft entry, reportedly called Shadow Of The Tomb Raider.
Eventually, Eidos Montreal will shift focus to a Guardians Of The Galaxy game, which Eurogamer says is in the early stages of development.
“While we are still working on expanding the Deus Ex Universe, along with creating new content and updates for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we’re also devoting our talents towards working with Crystal Dynamics and Marvel on The Avengers project,” Square Enix said in a statement.
It seems like for the foreseeable future, Deus Ex is a dead franchise.