Square Enix hosted a lengthy and incredibly detailed look at the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as part of a pre-E3 livestream. First up, we got a look at almost 18 minutes of brand new gameplay, the announcement of a brand new gameplay type called Breach, and the announcement of a new Deus Ex GO game.
First up, let’s talk about the gameplay. After showing off a lengthy combat section just after last years E3, we’ve now been given our second glimpse into the game. This time the focus was on the city hub gameplay, specifically Prague. The guided demo showcased an expansive location that allows players to meet new characters, find new side-quests and engage in a great deal of exploration to find hidden secrets and useful items.
The focus of the demo was on choice. Similar to last years gameplay reveal, the demo goes out of its way to highlight the impressive amount of choice at players’ fingertips at just about every stage of gameplay. In what is essentially a quick walk to a side quest we’re shown multiple paths and potential approaches to reaching objectives.
The amount of choice available to players shown in this tiny snippet of gameplay is quite staggering. Enemies can be approached in a number of different ways, a suite of options which can be further expanded depending on how players progress Adam Jensen’s augmented abilities. Mankind Divided looks to have built on its predecessor in a huge variety of different ways and, if developers Eidos Montreal have addressed some of the issues from Human Revolution, look at have turned a great game into an essential one.
Now, let’s talk about Breach…
Breach is a brand new game mode included in the Mankind Divided package, but separate from the main game. Breach offers an arcade take on the core gameplay of Deus Ex, with players taking the role of a Ripper – a hacker who steals classified information from corporations and sells it to the highest bidder.
Here the gameplay is more fast-paced, more action oriented, turning Deus Ex into a puzzle shooter. Breach rewards players with XP and booster packs that will allow them to face increasingly challenging scenarios. Players will also be able to challenge friends, and other players from around the world, with the game being constantly updated with new challenges and features.
And finally, we have Deus Ex Go…
We knew that, following the massive critical and commercial success of Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go, that we’d be getting a new Go series spin-off from Square Enix. And here it is: Deus Ex Go.
Deus Ex Go is a turn-based, infiltration puzzle game set in a stylized version of the Deus Ex universe. Players will use all the hacking, combat and augmentations they’re familiar with from the main series to solve the most challenging puzzles in the Go series yet.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided launches on August 23, 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Deus Ex Go will launch on mobile devices later this year.