Eidos Montreal’s Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is launching next week for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The game has had a slow, methodical pace leading up to its release, with various promo videos and screenshots to help pave the way for the hype machine.
The launch trailer is only a minute and a half and it features Adam Jensen talking about how freedom and rights can be killed but not progress. We then get a few quick clips of Jensen dispatching police forces and using some of his new augmented tech against various forces who are identified as neither friend nor foe. You can check out the trailer below.
There’s some cool cybernoir imagery used in the trailer and the visual themes are rife with cool. Even still, the trailer doesn’t really delve into any new territory or construct a premise that we’re not already familiar with. Even less than that, the trailer doesn’t live up to the standards of the “Human Revolution” trailer that really helped put Deus Ex back on the map many years ago. I was kind of hoping for something similar from Mankind Divided but the promotion of the game has been rather tame from Square this time around.
Sadly, the biggest news items concerning Deus Ex: Mankind Divided centered around SJW-themed topics, or rather, criticisms.
The game was attacked multiple times, once for using the Mechanical Apartheid hashtag, and another for using the Aug Lives Matters hashtag in a promotional piece. In both cases Social Justice Warriors felt as if the game was touching on real world subject matter and was diminishing the value of those causes by culturally appropriating the terms used to define said causes.
Hopefully gamers will give Deus Ex: Mankind Divided a chance based on the merit of its design and not because rival developers from BioWare have taken a social media dump on the game because it combines some culturally significant topics within the actual game.
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