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Deux Ex: Mankind Divided delayed until 23rd August 2016

by Mark Tyson on 19 November 2015, 10:05

Tags: Eidos (TYO:9684)

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The developers of Deux Ex: Mankind Divided have published a blog entry about their decision to delay the launch of the game by six months. Citing the need for more time to bring the quality of the game up to the development team's "high standards", David Anfossi – Eidos Montreal Head of Studio apologised for the schedule slip and asked eager fans for patience. The revised launch date for Deux Ex: Mankind Divided is 23rd August 2016.

Game launch delays put down to the excuses of 'fine tuning', 'adding polish', and 'refinement' appear to be a growing trend by studios in recent months. Without rummaging through the HEXUS archives too deeply, I noticed that XCOM 2 was delayed for similar reasons, as was the PC version of the Need for Speed reboot. Suggesting a delay in the publishing in a highly anticipated game for PC is for fine tuning and for the benefit of gamers seems to soften the blow that you will have to wait another insert-value-here months for the title to be released.

Eidos Montreal's David Anfossi writes that, looking at the progress on Deux Ex: Mankind Divided, "We're confident and proud of the game so far". In house testing has revealed that the game would benefit from tuning, iterations and refinement "to meet our high standards," explains Anfossi. This will help in achieving the goal of making Mankind Divided a "worthy successor to Human Revolution, and to improve upon that game in every way possible".

An apology is offered to eager Deus Ex fans, but it is unavoidable as "we don't want to compromise on its quality," reiterated Anfossi. Gamers are asked to be "patient a little longer" for the delivery of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided at the end of summer next year.

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And that can only be a good thing, rather a game took longer with more things ironed out than rushed or badly done and is a buggy mess. Looking at you Arkham Knight.
I have a bad feeling about this latest installment, having said that I am still eagerly awaiting it arrival.

I'm not too disappointed to see this delayed if does indeed translate to a better game at the end of it, no one wants a rushed mess to sully the Deus ex name.
The question here is: Is it only the PC version which is delayed or does this affect all versions?

We've often times seen that the PC version of a game gets pushed while there's apparently no slip in the release schedule for the console versions. Which again begs the question of whether PC versions still are 2nd (or 3rd) class citizens or if there really is time spent on fine-tuning and polishing the PC version, hopefully to be better than the console versions.
To me, that sounds like a good thing. Human Revolution was a bit of a mess on release, and took a little while to get it patched up. For whatever reason they then went and made director's cut on the unpatched version of the game and while I didn't personally run into any issues on my DC playthrough, the steam discusssions were full of complaints about old bugs reappearing.

If it takes them an extra 6 months to make sure the game is cleaned up well, so be it.
Is ‘Mankind Divided’ a play on ‘Manchester United’?