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Yesterday, we reported that Square Enix’s pre-E3 conference was taking place that evening. The conference turned out differently than expected, and it just covered news and updates regarding the Deus Ex universe. That meant we got a new gameplay walkthrough of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, as well as the announcements of two spin-off titles. Hit the jump for more.

The biggest draw to the mini-event was the expanded look at Mankind Divided, which involved a 17-minute look at some hub gameplay. The demo started with our augmented hero, Adam Jensen, waking up in an apartment in Prague. Jensen was sleeping-off the after affects of a terrorist attack, which probably feels worse than a really bad hangover.

The demo shows-off the core elements of Deus Ex: combat, stealth, hacking, and dialogue. What I found most interesting was that Jensen wakes up with most of his augmentation powers deactivated, and this Metroidvania-style opening explains why powers will need to be earned again. Anyway, here’s the demo video if you want to see it yourself. It looks promising, but those takedown animations are going to get annoying after the 50th time you’ve seen them.

The conference also announced and showed-off Deus Ex: Mankind Divided РBreach (to use its full name), an optional side-game that will be included in Mankind Divided. Breach sees players hacking into the server farms of a cybersecurity firm to try and extract data, or destabilise the systems. Think Mr. Robot combined with The Matrix, and a little Inception.

Breach has a highly stylised look compared to the main game, and will see players sneaking or fighting their way through levels to reach goals. Breach features weapon upgrades, modifiers that can change up the level rules, and competitive leaderboards.

The last new game announced was Deus Ex GO, a mobile title in the spirit of Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO. Very little was revealed about this one, just a brief snippet of footage showing familiar turn-based gameplay on a board. Given that previous GO titles were well received, this one will probably be no different. The trailer announces a summer release date for smartphones and tablets, so we can probably expect it to launch before September. Also, at this rate, the only Eidos series that hasn’t gotten the GO treatment is Thief. Now that I think about it, it would actually be a really good fit…

And lastly was some pretty cool news that Eidos Montreal are working with Open Bionics to make the Adam Jensen prosthetic arms open-source and available to all. Open Bionics is the kind of charity organisation I disable my AdBlock for; they develop affordable bionics for amputees who want to be a Terminator have a functional limb. Their collaboration with Eidos Montreal is to specifically recreate the beautiful sci-fi limbs from Deus Ex and provide people with a functional work of art. Furthermore, these designs will all be free and open-source, so anyone with access to a 3D printer can whip up a Jensen arm.

Furthermore, this partnership also roped in Razer, the gaming peripheral designers. I was worried we might have another Razer Toaster on our hands, but it all seems legitimate.

And that brought the thirty minute conference to a close. All in all, it’s good to see the Deus Ex universe expanding, and I’m glad that such an iconic franchise is taking up a larger presence. It’s likely that we won’t see much more of the games at E3, given that they were shown off now, but more gameplay footage may emerge.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is launching on August 23rd, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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