[Update: Square Enix confirms Deus Ex: The Fall is a mobile spinoff.]
It’s fair to say that Ion Storm’s 2000 game Deus Ex is one of the pinnacles of stealth and action RPG gaming, offering the player a wide range of different approaches to each vast level, smoothly integrating decisions into the story throughout the game that have ongoing consequences, and creating ethical dilemmas that were far more complex than the simplistic “drown puppies/save orphans” binary that is common in a lot of games with a moral choice system.
With E3 2013 right around the corner, current Deus Ex developer Eidos-MontrÃ©al has decided to tease fans with tweets confirming the title of what appears to be the fourth game in the Deus Ex series. The company registered domain names for Deus Ex: The Fall earlier this year, and today semi-officially unveiled (read: teased) the title in a tweet that simply asks, “Are YOU ready for the fall?”
It’s not yet confirmed whether this Deus Ex: The Fall is actually a new full game – there’s a chance that it might just be another piece of DLC – but since two years have passed since the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution it’s likely that the developers have been working on something a bit bigger than just downloadable content, especially since they’ve been hiring new talent for the project.
That’s not all, though. Eidos-MontrÃ©al has also teased the name of one character – Ben Saxon – in a more recent tweet. Since all of the games so far have featured a different protagonist (with recurring supporting characters like Tracer Tong and Bob Page), it’s likely that Saxon will be the new playable character for the game. He first appeared in the expanded universe novel Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect, and is an ex-SAS soldier with multiple augmentations, who worked with a special ops team comprised of the secondary antagonists (those featured in the boss fights) of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
As the third game in the series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a return to form for the Deus Ex series after the first sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War, and was a prequel story set in the not-too-distant future. That game centered around a character called Adam Jensen, the head of security for one of the world’s largest companies specializing in human augmentation, who is badly brutalized in an attack on the labs and ends up having a significant percentage of his body replaced with artificial components. If you need something to pass the time while you wait for E3 news, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is actually coming out on PS Plus tomorrow. Convenient timing.
Considering how profoundly the decisions made by the player at the end of Deus Ex and Deus Ex: Invisible War affect the future of humanity, it’s unlikely that Deus Ex: The Fall will be a sequel to either of those games. One of the main problems with Deus Ex: Invisible War, in fact, was that it attempted to continue the Deus Ex story after it had already reached a conclusion (or several conclusions) in the first game, making the sequel feel more like a very drawn-out epilogue. However, since there’s still plenty of ground to cover in the interim years between the end of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the beginning of Deus Ex, as humanity continues to adjust to the evolving science of human augmentation.
Let us know what you’d love to see in Deus Ex: The Fall – whether it’s things you’d like Eidos-MontrÃ©al to keep from Deus Ex: Human Revolution or things you want changed up – in the comments.
We hope to hear about a release date for Deus Ex: The Fall at E3, and we’ll keep you updated on any other details.
Source: Eidos Montreal