When Deus Ex: Mankind Divided first introduced the concept of “Mechanical Apartheid”, the SJWS went crazy over it. I’m not entirely sure what their argument was but they went after the writers at Eidos Montreal pretty heavily. As is typical when those things transpire, the writer went to Kotaku in Action for a bit of help, and despite being the punching bag and boogeyman of the gaming industry, #GamerGate offered support to the writers and defended them for their use of “Mechanical Apartheid”. Well, the term is back again and sitting at the centerpiece of a rather dark live-action trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
The trailer is around four minutes long and starts with a promising look at augmentations, the benefits and improvements it can bring to everyday life. It focuses mostly around a couple where one of them is a model with an augmented arm, things gradually begin to break down between the two and finally snap after the mechanical apartheid is put into place and augments are segregated from society.
It’s not quite movie quality, but it looks good just to be a short promo piece for a video game. I would have expected to see this particular trailer air during this year’s E3.
It’s amazing that the setting is 2027, so in just 20 years they’re expecting our technology to advance to that point. I think over the next decade augmentations will become a lot more common – a large part of that due to 3D printing – but I’m not entirely sure if technology will be at a point where biomechanical augmentations are that common.
It definitely poses some interesting questions about the way we interact with technology, advance limb replacement and make leaps toward neural implants that work seamlessly with bionic parts.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place after the apartheid has already been put into place, and the tensions between those with augmentations and those without have risen to palpable levels. Decisions throughout the game will lead Jensen down various pathways that will result in an ending unique to the choices of the player.
New upgrades, new weapons, new abilities and new environments are all part of the promised play experience for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Expect to see more at this year’s E3 in June. The game is due for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC starting August 23rd. For more info feel free to visit the official website.