Eidos Montreal shows off the Dawn Engine, the “cornerstone” of Deus Ex Universe

Dawn Engine

The folks over at Eidos Montreal have been keeping their cards close to their chests when it comes to Deus Ex Universe, but they’ve thrown us a bone in the form of an image from their new game engine, Dawn Engine. It’s been designed specifically for PCs and the new generation of consoles, and is a heavily modified version of IO’s Glacier Engine, which made Hitman Absolution look so pretty. 

While the screenshot used to show off the visual fidelity that the new engine boasts looks like it’s come straight out of a Deus Ex game, it is not from any Deus Ex Universe games. The engine will be used in titles that the project spawns, though. 

The disclaimer is necessary, because the image has everything you’d expect from a Deus Ex: Human Revolution sequel, to the golden palette, affectionately known by some as the piss filter, to the dirty, industrial cyberpunk aesthetic. It’s quite the slice of eye candy, too.

Eidos Montreal’s Sacha Ramtohul also used this opportunity to alleviate fears that Deus Ex Universe would be an MMO. It’s emphatically not.

“Deus Ex Universe is the name we are giving to the fictional world and the rich lore we are creating for it, which will of course include core games, as well as any other projects that will help bring the world of Deus Ex to life. We won’t go into too much detail for now, but what we envision is for our projects do have meaningful ties to one another, in order for them to strengthen and deepen your experience within this Universe.”

Deus Ex: Human Revolution failed to give me the same tingly feeling that accompanied my every minute with the original Deus Ex, but that hasn’t stopped me from being eager to see what Eidos Montreal does with the series next. There were some really good ideas floating around in Adam Jensen’s slightly rote adventure, and the world itself is a compelling one.

What are you lovely people hoping for from Universe?