The Deus Ex: Human Revolution “Missing Link” add-on is coming next month, but thanks to Square Enix you can catch a glimpse of it right now.
Those of you who have yet to play through the entirety of Deus Ex: Human Revolution may want to stop reading right here. I’m going to try to avoid spoiling anything, but given the game’s circuitous story and my suspect-at-best ability to tell reality from fiction, I can’t guarantee that I won’t slip up and reveal that Adam Jensen shoots Dumbledore at the end.
Uh … sorry.
Now, I can assume that those of you still with me are familiar with Jensen’s fight against mysterious technofascists on the streets of near-future Detroit. Presumably you’ve also heard whispers about the game’s upcoming DLC. Until now they’ve really only been rumors, but in an official press release this morning, publisher Square Enix made things official: “Missing Link” is coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC iterations of the game this October.
Alongside this official “thumbs up” Square Enix has also issued a smattering of media from the upcoming DLC release, including that teaser you see embedded above, and the screenshots in the gallery below.
What exactly is “Missing Link?” I’ll let the press release explain:
After being tortured by Belltower agents and having his augmentations disabled, Adam Jensen must rely solely on his basic capabilities to escape from a freighter, destined for an unknown location. While fighting for his survival on the ship, he uncovers another layer to the conspiracy that he never would have suspected. As Adam, gamers will befriend new, mysterious allies and fight ruthless enemies to discover what was happening in the shadows during the events of DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION!
Setting aside that bizarrely excitable punctuation at the end, this all seems pretty typical for our protagonist. At least it would, if Belltower hadn’t stripped him of his augmentations. That’s an interesting twist, if only because it gives pretentious gaming writers a chance to ruminate on the sociopolitical implications of suddenly removing the “super” from the “man” in a dystopian world brought to the brink by the very existence of the technological Übermensch.
Can society rebuild? Can we heal the indelible schisms wrought by the literal cutting edge of technology? Have we spent centuries staring into the mechanized abyss only to fall prey to Nietzsche’s familiar idiom?
More importantly, can I still murder people with refrigerators?