– Tom Heath
Publisher Square Enix has released the world premiere gameplay footage of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. With a runtime of 25 minutes, the trailer is a demo of the alpha build of the sequel to 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
The game is clearly sticking to the themes of class discrimination between augmented humans and regular humans. I, for one, find this to be a good thing.
But the largest focus of the demonstration is the improvements the game has implemented regarding protagonist Adam Jenson’s augmentation abilities. Multi-stealth takedowns, remote hacking, nano blade, and quick switching between weapons and augmentations.
In between the cringe-worthy puns, developer Edios Montreal executive audio director Steve Szczepkowski mentions the entire game can be completed without killing a single enemy. The choice between non-lethal stealth and Rambo-style carnage has been a staple of the series, and the demonstration shows how easily you can transition from one to the other.
All in all, Mankind Divided‘s gameplay looks to be full of cool moves, however Szczepkowski notes that the demonstration had infinite health and augmentation energy activated, so how limited the use of all these moves will be remains to be seen.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is slated for release on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2016.
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