A new Deus Ex game is said to be at a “very, very early” stage of development. According to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, studio Eidos-Montreal is currently working on a new Deus Ex title, alongside a separate IP. The news comes following Embracer Group’s closure of Onoma – formerly Square Enix Montreal – which it bought in a $300 million (roughly Rs. 2,482 crore) deal earlier this year. The upheaval came just three weeks after developer Hitman GO was rebranded as ‘Onoma’.
According to Bloomberg, the move appears to be part of a “cost-cutting” measure, as Embracer Group focuses on console and PC launches. Staff were notified of the closure on Tuesday (PT), with some of them being moved to the unaffected Eidos-Montreal studio. Schreier claims that in addition to Deus Ex, the developer has a new “recently cropped” IP in the works and is partnering with Xbox on titles including the new Fable. His tweet thread goes on to say that the studio was once planning to make a “kids on bikes” type game, heavily inspired by Netflix’s Stranger Things – it has now been cancelled.
Eidos Montreal, which remains intact, has canceled the Stranger Things-inspired “kids on bikes” game that was rumored recently. They are currently working on:
1) A new IP (recently cropped)
2) A new Deus Ex (very very early)
3) co-development partnerships with Xbox, including Fable
—Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) November 1, 2022
Elsewhere, voice actor Elias Toufexis, who brought lead character Adam Jensen to life in Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dues Ex: Mankind Divided, expressed his excitement to play the role again. However, he claims to know nothing about the project and asked fans to stop asking him about it. “I’m glad they’re (apparently?) working on a new #DeusEx,” he says in the Tweeter. “Love the show and hope to play Jensen again. I have no info!”
Onoma aka Square Enix Montreal was part of the Embracer Group’s biggest acquisition from May, which saw the latter take control of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex and Legacy of Kain franchises. As of now, there are no details on the new Deus Ex project, but in August, game journalist Jeff Grubb spoke about internal discussions, on his Giant Bomb stream. “The rumbling I heard is that the studio wants to get into Deus Ex immediately. They want to get back into that. They want to challenge – they want to do what Cyberpunk 2077 couldn’t, and stuff like that,” a- he explained. “It’s so early, like what this is going to become.”
Embracer, based in Sweden, went on a shopping spree, even buying the intellectual property rights to the literary works of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, in August. The acquisition of Middle-earth Enterprises would allow the group to work on several long-term projects and add to Embracer’s existing catalog of over 800 owned properties. Around this time, the company changed developers for the highly anticipated remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – moving from Aspyr Media to Eastern European studio Saber Interactive.
Previous reports indicated that the KOTOR remake suffered an internal demo showcase, which was not up to the standards of partners Sony and Lucasfilms. In response, the companies abruptly fired director Brad Prince and art director Jason Minor, putting further development on hold.
Further details on the new installment of Deus Ex should be revealed in time, although we can very well expect it to launch on PC and current-gen consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. .