We finally know what Deus Ex: The Fall is, but sadly the reality of this new game is probably not as exciting as you'd hope.
For months we've been following Deus Ex: The Fall. Developer Eidos Montreal and publisher Square Enix have been endlessly coy about the game, dropping minor hints here and there without ever giving a clear view of what The Fall might be. That all changed this morning with the revelation that Deus Ex: The Fall will be exclusive to mobile devices.
Beyond that lowlight however, the game sounds interesting. It's described as a full-fledged new entry in the Deus Ex franchise, and the official synopsis makes it seem as if The Fall will fit in nicely among its predecessors. Have a look:
Deus Ex: The Fall is set in 2027- a golden era for science, technology and human augmentation, but also a time of great social divide and global conspiracy. Powerful corporations have seized control from governments and command the drug supply needed by augmented humans to survive. In this chaos Ben Saxon, a former British SAS Mercenary who underwent physical augmentation, is desperate for the truth behind the drug conspiracy. Betrayed by his private military employers, the Tyrants, not only is his own life at risk, but for all augmented humans, time is running out...
For more, hit "play" on that clip embedded at top-right. It's a developer-led walkthrough of sorts.
Despite the new protagonist (which is actually commonplace for Deus Ex), The Fall sounds like a legitimate addition to the Deus Ex franchise. Shady organizations, augmented soldiers, futuristic ennui; it's all there.
Obviously the biggest strike against the game is that it's not an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or next-generation sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but honestly I'm willing to forgive that flaw if it can live up to the high standards set by earlier Deus Ex titles. I'm as pessimistic about mobile games as anyone who's played more than three of them, but I want to believe that The Fall could be a good game. I don't think I could take the disappointment of another Invisible War.
Expect Deus Ex: The Fall to debut on Android and iOS devices at some as yet undetermined time later this summer. The Fall is slated to be an episodic title, so this first entry is going to set you back a mere $7, with an also undetermined number of additions following soon after. We'll bring you more details on Deus Ex: The Fall as they emerge.