Deus Ex: Human Revolution celebrates its 10th anniversary
Developed in 2000 by Warren Spector and the Ion Storm studio, Deus Ex is a timeless franchise that revolutionized the market with its audacity. In both design and narrative, the game is very immersive, including intelligent criticisms and making smart, well-defined characters.
Despite not being the first Immersive-sim on the market (with that legacy going to Deus Ex, also from Warren Spector), Deus Ex brought a new atmosphere to First-Person Shooters (FPS), providing deeper RPG elements, and also bringing about excellent Stealth Action, and thus is credited for shaping a majority of today’s FPS franchises.
The developers of the first two Deus Ex games, Eidos Interactive, were bought by Square Enix Japan in 2008, and renamed to “Square Enix Europe,” giving the production team the reins for the Deus Ex franchise to a new studio in Canada called Eidos-Montreal.
On August 23rd, 2011, the study launched their first project with the franchise, “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” taking place before the events of the first two games, and featuring Adam Jensen as the lead character. The title was a success in critical sales and reception, especially on the Xbox 360, the platform that saw the title sell over 2.5 million copies.
Human Revolution was followed by a direct sequel released 5 years later, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which was also released on August 23rd and included improvements in AI, stealth, and gameplay. The title was fantastic, but the actual game was underwhelming, with a short duration and a smaller universe than that of Human Revolution, which is one of the criticisms directed at Square Enix Europe for rushing the game to market.
Contrary to Human Revolution, Mankind Divided’s commercial performance was better on Sony platforms, with the PlayStation 4 accounting for the bulk of the profits. Em 2017, Square Enix Europe claimed to have been disappointed with the sales of the game, placing the Deus Ex IP “on indefinite hiatus,” and so the celebrated franchise entered the same digital storage locker that contained Thief, Gex, Legacy of Kain, and Sleeping Dogs.
These two titles complete major anniversaries today, with the 10th anniversary of Human Revolution and the 5th anniversary of Mankind Divided marking important milestones to remember how Eidos-Montréal has been able to develop as a studio, launching its latest game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, in 2018, and last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Finally, what were your favorite times playing the latest Deus Ex games? Would you like to see the brand return with the 9th Generation of consoles? Let your opinion in the comments section below.
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