Fans of the franchise Deus Ex have been enjoying the latest release of Mankind Divided since last fall across PS4, Xbox One and PC. The story of that game doesn’t have a clear ending and many were hoping a new Deus Ex would release to close unfinished story threads (more so considering another game in the series was being developed while Mankind Divided was being worked on). Sadly, that won’t be the case due to recent events. Eidos Montreal is now working on a new game in Tomb Raider franchise, helping out Crystal Dynamics with an Avengers game and is working on a major project using the Guardians of the Galaxy IP.
A small team is currently aiding Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers project and, Eurogamer has heard, in the early stages of production on the second Marvel game based around Guardians of the Galaxy. This project will be lead by Eidos Montreal. With its collaboration on Avengers, the full production of Guardians of the Galaxy and a big new Tomb Raider game to finish first, it sounds like the studio will be kept busy – and away from Deus Ex – for quite a while.
Eurogamer requested comment from Square Enix for this article, and received the following response from Eidos Montreal:
“While we are still working on expanding the Deus Ex Universe, along with creating new content and updates for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we’re also devoting our talents towards working with Crystal Dynamics and Marvel on The Avengers project.”
I would say this is sad news, as the Deus Ex series is one of gaming’s iconic franchises that offers experiences many games don’t bother covering. With the sales of Mankind Divided not meeting Square Enix’s expectations and the fact Marvel IP’s are very popular currently, the decision to focus on making Marvel games over inteneral Square Enix-owned productions is understandable, if a bit disappointing.
Hopefully the upcoming Marvel titles and the upcoming Tomb Raider title are quality titles living up the high pedigree that makes up Eidos Montreal.