A followup domain registration has shed additional light on what Deus Ex: Human Defiance may in fact be. Rather than a game, Human Defiance may instead be the rumored Deus Ex movie currently in the works. Does that discount a game of the same name? Perhaps, or perhaps we're only breaking the ice on the direction that Deus Ex will be going next-gen.
The newly registered domain in question is DeusExHumanDefianceFilm, registered by CBS Films Inc.
Coming off of Eidos Montreal finishing their work on Tomb Raider's multiplayer, Square Enix has registered a trademark for Deus Ex: Human Defiance. The connection being, of course, that Eidos Montreal was the developer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which is a property owned and published by Square Enix. In other words, it looks like Eidos Montreal has a new project to work on. Err, well, in addition to Thief 4?
Never mind the confusion that might result with the release of upcoming action MMO Defiance from Trion Worlds, it's likely Deus Ex: Human Defiance would be a direct sequel to the events of Human Revolution. After the big teasers in the post-game credits of Human Revolution, I'd say it's about time, too! Would love to see a sequel that evolves the gameplay of Revolution, while responding to the criticisms that fans have.
While this is nothing more than a trademark application for Deus Ex: Human Defiance, a bit of speculation is still in the cards. We've entered the "gray area" where it's difficult to discern whether newly revealed games are likely to be current gen, next gen, or cross gen. That said, Square Enix has yet to make a next-gen announcement yet. Are they even dedicated to the new consoles? The PlayStation 4 event certainly bolster my confidence there. Damn, I was hoping to have some more substantial speculation, but it doesn't work all the time.
Where's Thief 4?