Square Enix have filed a trademark for a something called Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. As is often the case with trademark filings, the details of the post are pretty vague - it could be a game, a book, heck, even stationary. Nevertheless, the last time Square made a filing like this it turned out to be a mobile game-cum-PC game Deus Ex: The Fall (which, unlike everyone who read my review, I thought wasn’t bad).
While this could be the second episode in that mobile series, Neogaf spotted the name lined up with something David Anfossi, head of Eidos Montreal, said about the next proper Deus Ex game.
“I want to leave you with a piece of concept art from our next-gen Deus Ex game that shows trans-humanism segregation, which is a backdrop to our vision for the next Deus Ex. It represents a "ghetto-city' voluntarily built in order to separate the classes. The people in this segregated class have reshaped their environment, nostalgic for their ideal of Cyber Renaissance. This dark and dystopian vision sets the tone for things to come in Deus Ex.”
Mankind Divided... “trans-humanism segregation”... Yup, this could be a thing.
Square Enix will be looking for a hit following the lacklustre response to their recent Thief game, something to tap into the same success as Human Revolution. Plus, with Thief out of the way the studio have to be working on something big. You can’t just have a studio full of ridiculously talented developers sat around twiddling their thumbs.
The Neogaf user who spotted the filing, Rösti, predicts a reveal at E3 may well be onto something.
I so hope this is a full-on Deus Ex game. The world Eidos Montreal redefined in Human Revolution was too good to leave stagnant.