Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an upcoming cyberpunk-themed action role-playing video game—combining first-person shooter, stealth and role-playing elements developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix as a sequel to the 2011 Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Set two years after Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen, with new technology and body augmentations. It is played from the first-person perspective, with a third-person perspective cover system. Announced in April 2015, the game is expected to be released in 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Mankind Divided is set in 2029 in the Czech Republic capital Prague, two years after the events of Human Revolution. Adam Jensen returns as the protagonist, working with an international coalition (reminiscent of UNATCO in Deus Ex) to halt a rising tide of terrorist attacks. The human race is now more against augmentations than ever before thanks to the Panchaea Incident in the previous game that caused millions of augmented individuals to mindlessly attack so-called ‘naturals’, an attitude that has been encouraged and given fire by the machinations of the Illuminati, causing the augmented to become persecuted globally. Jensen must deal with terrorist groups demanding equality for augmented individuals as well as the shadowy interests behind the events of the past two years and who control his own organisation.
In October 2013, video game developer Eidos Montreal announced that the Deus Ex series would be expanding into a mobile game and print media franchise. Additionally, the team behind their 2011 Deus Ex: Human Revolution was already at work on a new release for next generation consoles and Microsoft Windows. In March 2014, publisher Square Enix applied for a trademark on Mankind Divided ’s title. Developer Eidos Montreal revealed the Dawn Engine, a new game engine, in December 2014. Its technology is based on IO Interactive’s proprietary Glacier 2 game engine, which was used in Hitman: Absolution (2012).
The game’s announcement was leaked a day in advance of its official unveiling in early April 2015. The reveal was the culminating moment of a three-day Square Enix promotional event called “Can’t Kill Progress” that featured a live Twitch stream of a man pacing, sleeping, and meditating in a nondescript room. Viewers were allowed to change the camera angle and vote on how the man should act during his interrogation. It was announced at E3 2015 that the game is scheduled for release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sometime in early 2016.