Deus Ex: The Fall has been announced today, not tomorrow, after a short round of teasers over the past few days. Developed by Square Enix's mobile division in Europe in collaboration with the original Human Revolution team at Eidos Montreal, Deus Ex: The Fall is an action-RPG coming to mobile and tablet devices this summer -- soon! For only $6.99, this sequel to the Deus Ex novel Icarus Effect will be hard to pass up.
It appears the team has gone to length to recreate the Deus Ex experience, though obviously with several mobile device handicaps. Still, with regards to exploration, hacking, stealth, social enhancers, player choice and consequence -- that's all there. Here's Jean-François Dugas, Executive Game Director at Eidos-Montréal, pitching the game:
"We’re really excited to continue the Deus Ex series on mobile and start a new journey. The team has done an incredible job creating a whole new story and controls for intuitive touch screen gameplay, whilst staying true to the Deus Ex universe. Players can expect exploration, action, hacking, stealth, social enhancers, player choice and consequence- the full Deus Ex experience."
While it's hard to believe that any developer could recreate the action and combat of a console game, it appears Square Enix is giving it a healthy chance. Third or first-person, cover-based action with a variety of weapons and other exciting Deus Ex-style combat options will be available to players. However, expect a healthy amount of auto-completed tasks to be included; tapping on a screen simply doesn't have the same reliability as dual joysticks.
It may not be the full-scale Deus Ex project many of us were hoping for, but it is more Deus Ex and for that it's hard not to be thankful. Deus Ex: The Fall returns to the year 2027 to wrap up some unfinished business. Starting later this summer we'll be able to see where Deus Ex will take us next, though we'll have to use a mobile or tablet device to get there.
Check out the announcement trailer for Deus Ex: The Fall below. Though oddly enough it focuses more on two dudes talking about playing the game than showing the actual game itself.
Update: Quick update from Eidos Montreal for those who were curious about what platforms the game would be coming to and when:
"Deus Ex: The Fall will be available soon for iPad 2, iPhone 4S and iPod Touch 5 and above for the price of $6.99. It is also confirmed for Android devices, but timing is still to be announced."