You lock a man in a box for three full days – and then you have to announce your game early anyway. That's the plight that publisher Square Enix currently finds itself in, as Game Informer has rapidly revealed its cover story for PlayStation 4 sequel Deus Ex: Mankind Divided following today's leak. Pour one out for the poor guy that concocted the convoluted promotional plan.
So, what do we know about the forthcoming game? Well, it's set in 2029, two years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. We'd just like to point out that that's less than 15 years away from now in the real world, and we don't have any nifty brain implants or cool shades yet. Something to look forward to, eh?
"[In the game], Adam Jensen returns and joins forces with an Interpol-funded task force aiming to hunt down and capture augmented terrorists in a world that now hates and fears transhumans," explains the magazine blurb. "Jensen has a new suite of augmentations that allow him to cleverly navigate stealth, combat, and social interactions, but how Jensen chooses to solve every problem is entirely up to you."
Without meaning to undermine Eidos Montreal's work, it sounds like this sequel will very much subscribe to the 'bigger and better' mould, which is no bad thing. One snippet from the cover story notes that the studio's invested a lot into combat, as it found that those who played the previous entry stealthily liked it a lot more than everyone else. In other words: the non-stealth systems sucked.
It doesn't sound like boss fights are going to be outsourced again either. Thank heavens for sweet mercies.