‘Augment Your Pre-Order’ Cancelled for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal sparked a great deal of controversy when they announced what they called the Augment Your Pre-Order system for the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.  The system claimed to allow customers a choice over the preorder rewards they would receive and would unlock additional rewards as more preorders were placed, including the ability to play the game four days early.  Many quickly realized that ‘augmenting’ your pre-order was actually deciding what would be held back from your purchase rather than adding towards it and that unlocking additional perks was a faux pyramid scheme that encouraged people to convince others to pre-order in order to obtain more benefits for themselves.  Pre-order has become a dirty word among gamers following several major titles, including Aliens: Colonial Marines, Assassin’s Creed Unity, and the PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight, being overhyped and rushed out the door.  As such, many industry pundits like Jim Sterling and John “Totalbiscuit” Bain immediately denounced the Augment Your Pre-Order service.

Following the outcry, the Deus Ex developers have officially announced their cancellation of the service.  Instead, all customers who pre-order the game or purchase the Day 1 edition will receive all of the promised pre-order perks with the exception of the early release, which has been revoked entirely.  The removal of the early release makes sense as many feared that internet trolls would use their early access to post spoilers for those who didn’t opt into pre-ordering.  What are your thoughts on Augment Your Pre-Order being cancelled?  Has it affected your desire to pick up Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in any way?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Director Talks Multiplayer, Why They Don’t Want a Thrid-Party Dev

Developer Eidos Montreal is taking charge of the latest Deus Ex installment, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, that was revealed at E3 2015 and now gameplay director Patrick Fortier talks in the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine about how they didn’t want to implement a multiplayer mode since the game’s single-player already has a strong narrative.

Patrick commented about the success that BioWare did with Mass Effect 3 in featuring both a strong narrative and player-driven story along with a fun multiplayer mode. He also stated that if they want to take the multiplayer approach in a Deus Ex game, they will have to make it the focus point of the game.

“Mass effect 3’s multiplayer is a very good experience,” he said. “It’s proof that it can be done. I’m not saying that we can’t do it, but you know [BioWare is] in the fourth iteration [of its game] now, almost, whereas we’re only on the second of ours. There’s a lot of learning we need to go through! In the future, I think if we were to go in that direction it would have to be the topic of the game itself. The way we’re applying the formula, in the sense of the narrative component [impacting] all across the different disciplines, I think it would have to be that it makes sense story-wise.”

Patrick sees that employing a third-party developer won’t help in this kind of game since “It has to be fundamental right from day one.”.

“I don’t think it’s something that can be tacked on and supported sufficiently well through a third party developer, out of the office,” adds Fortier. “It has to be fundamental right from day one that you’re trying to do that. You have to have the right idea and the right vehicle.”

Deus Ex Mankind Divided is expected to release in mid-2016 on PS4, PC and Xbox One.

Deus Ex Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

The Deus Ex franchise has turned 15, with the release of the very first game landing for PC more than a decade ago.

The series of cyberpunk-themed first person action RPG video games started back in June 2000 and will have seen four instalments to the series with the upcoming release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which is expected to hit shelves early in 2016.

To celebrate this milestone, publisher Square Enix revealed they have prepared a special four-episode documentary telling the genesis of the series, from original to 2016’s Mankind Divided. The first episode is available to watch right now, with Warren Spector, Chris Norden and Sheldon Pacotti, the creators of the first Deus Ex.

Gamers are also getting the chance to choose what will be included in the collector’s edition of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. A replica statue of protagonist Adam Jensen, a mini art book, a replica weapon from the game, a pin set, lunch box and more are up for voting here.

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If that wasn’t enough celebratory goodness for you, Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal have also partnered with Game Changer Charity, a non-profit focused on improving the lives of children suffering from life-threatening diseases. The charity makes an impact by providing direct services in hospitals, delivering video game gifts and supporting families financially.

Those who donate $1 or more will receive a free copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution — Director’s Cut for PC, along with contributing to a great cause.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Extended Gameplay Trailer Launched

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Square Enix and Eidos Montréal has released an extended 25 minute gameplay demo for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The demo was originally shown behind closed doors at this year’s E3, but the video is now available to the public.

The E3 demo offers an extensive dive into the dark world of Deus Ex, revealing multiple new features, characters, augmentations and weapons in the game, alongside commentary from Executive Audio Director Steve Szczepkowski. It showcases various stealth and action options that Adam Jensen can utilize in his mission to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

The 25 minute gameplay demo can be viewed below. Deus Ex is planned to launch in early 2016 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Following the outcry, the Deus Ex developers have officially announced their cancellation of the service.  Instead, all customers who pre-order the game or purchase the Day 1 edition will receive all of the promised pre-order perks with the exception of the early release, which has been revoked entirely.  The removal of the early release makes sense as many feared that internet trolls would use their early access to post spoilers for those who didn’t opt into pre-ordering.  What are your thoughts on Augment Your Pre-Order being cancelled?  Has it affected your desire to pick up Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in any way?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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