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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided won't be one of the first major releases of 2016. Developer Eidos Montreal revealed today that they're pushing the game's release date way back.
Mankind Divided's release date was previously announced as February 23rd. In a new announcement entitled "No Compromises" on Mankind Divided's website, Eidos Montreal head David Anfossi said that they need several more months to make the game as they envision it, though. They now expect to release Mankind Divided by the end of the summer:
As you may have already seen by reading and watching the many previews for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, our aim is for it to be a worthy successor to Human Revolution, and to improve upon that game in every way possible. I know that expectations are extremely high, and we not only want to meet those expectations, but exceed them.
Eidos Montreal first announced Mankind Divided back in April. Since then, we haven't seen all that much of it. Square Enix released a cinematic trailer and gameplay video but other than that, they've largely kept the game under wraps. The delay doesn't seem that surprising in hindsight.
Mankind Divided is set two years after the events of Human Revolution. Augmented individuals throughout the globe are being persecuted. Some of these augmented people have formed a terrorist group to strike back at the society that treats them as second-class citizens. Adam Jensen, as an augmented counter-terrorism agent, is caught in the middle of this conflict. While trying to stop the terrorist attacks, he'll also unravel a larger conspiracy that is fueling this war.
The game lets players approach missions with different strategies. They can choose from a range of weapons and augmentations to suit their play style. The first footage of the game showed some toys at Jensen's disposal including remote hacking and an Icarus Dash ability that lets him teleport across the room.
Eidos is developing Mankind Divided for PS4, Xbox One and PC. For the project they're utilizing the new Dawn Engine, based on the Glacier 2 technology created for the Hitman series. The Dawn Engine will be used for all future Deus Ex games.