Games getting delayed is never fun. You want a particular title, know exactly when you’re going to get it and then BOOM, there’s another couple months added to your wait. No matter how justified the reasons given for the delay are, it just hurts.
So bad news for everyone looking forward to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: its release date has been pushed from February to August 23, 2016.
The announcement was made in a message that greets anyone visiting the Deus Ex website. The message, from developer Edios-Montreal head of studio David Anfossi, says the decision to delay Mankind Divided was made due to not wanting to “compromise on its quality” so as to meet the expectations fans expect from a sequel to 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
“We’re confident and proud of the game so far,” Anfossi says. “However, as we are now playing through the game in full we can see that it will require more time in post-production for tuning, iterations, and refinement to meet our high standards. In order to achieve this, we need to move the release of the game to August 23, 2016.”
An amusing irony here is that Edios originally advertised a four days early launch for Mankind Divided as the top-tier for their “Augment Your Preorder” program. The scheme was scrapped due to huge consumer and media backlash, and one can only imagine the fury if it had all gone ahead only to announce a delay two months later.
In all fairness, wanting extra time to polish a game before release is a common reason to delay a release date, and is usually done for the better. This isn’t necessarily always the case, Batman: Arkham Knight was delayed by eight months and its PC port still turned out horribly, but not rushing a game out the gate is certainly a positive attitude to take.
Guess we shall find out in August. For now we can just watch awesome gameplay videos.