Coming off the huge success of Deus Ex: Human Revolution back in 2011, a lot of people expected Eidos Montreal to really push the genre forward once more with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Now gamers are wondering when the next time they'll see another game in the series?
Well, according to Eurogamer, it may be a long time before we see another Deus Ex game due to the fact that Eidos Montreal, the developers on the Deus Ex games, have been moved off the cyber-noir franchise and onto Marvel games and a new Tomb Raider title.
Eidos is rumored to be hard at work on what's being dubbed as Shadow of the Tomb Raider. They're taking over development from Crystal Dynamics, who churned out the rebooted Tomb Raider games, one in 2013 and one in 2015. The opening sales for Rise of the Tomb Raider weren't that great, but they eventually came up to par. The lead writer on the game, Rhianna Pratchett, recently departed from Crystal Dynamics, and Square then had the franchise moved over to Eidos Montreal.
Eidos Montreal, meanwhile, came off the less-than-stellar success of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a sequel to the Deus Ex prequel called Human Revolution. A lack of gameplay innovation, cliffhanger endings, and only moderate graphics prevented Mankind Divided from excelling beyond the shadow of Human Revolution. Sales were not as spectacular as Square Enix had hoped for, and so they decided the franchise should be shelved for now.
Square, meanwhile, has much bigger fish to fry in the form of a multi-game license deal with Disney's Marvel Entertainment. They've moved both Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal over to the Marvel titles, with Eidos pulling double duty on the upcoming Marvel titles and the rumored Tomb Raider game.
The news left gamers a little befuddled. Some people are worried about Tomb Raider being in Eidos Montreal's hands. Gameplay wise, the platforming and traversal mechanics in the rebooted Tomb Raider titles have been absolutely top notch. However, the game's melee combat and shooting still left much to be desired. Tinkering too much with the gameplay formula may or may not improve what Crystal Dynamics already achieved.
As for Deus Ex fans... they probably aren't too disappointed only because there were feelings of being let down by the last outing. I think most people are okay with the series hibernating for a while instead of being run into the ground like some franchises. While most people agree that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided isn't bad, it also wasn't nearly as highly regarded as 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
The series should only really return when Eidos can really tell a compelling story that stands head and shoulders above whatever else is on the market. Also, Human Revolution was helped greatly for the fact that cyberpunk games were a rarity back in 2011, Square put together an infallible marketing campaign for the game, complete with one of the most highly rated trailers in video games of all time called "Icarus", and the game introduced a lot of cool gadgets, combat and interactivity options rarely seen in FPS stealth games.
Even though the cyberpunk franchise will be shelved for a while, hopefully we won't have to wait an entire decade before seeing another entry in the series.