We knew that Eidos Montreal’s third Deus Ex game was shelved to shift development to a new Marvel title following Square Enix’s licensing deal with Disney. But that news coupled with Mankind Divided’s poor sales had many Deus Ex fans speculating about whether or not the cyberpunk franchise would be returning at all.
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Yet Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda says that rumours of the series’ death have been greatly exaggerated. “We have never said anything about discontinuing that title,” Matsuda tells GamesIndustry.biz, “but for some reason that’s the rumour out on the market.”
It is true that Eidos Montreal is now working on a Marvel game, and it seems the current holding period for Deus Ex is simply a matter of limited resources, and not wanting to ship the title off to another studio. Matsudo says Eidos Montreal “has always” been in charge of modern Deus Ex, and while ideally the publisher could have something coming from all their franchises at once, “the fact of the matter is some titles have to wait their turn.”
Matsuda emphasizes that Deus Ex is a “very important franchise” for Square Enix, and those within the publisher feel that its first-person perspective makes it unique within their portfolio. He also says discussions are already happening about what direction the next Deus Ex will take.