Last year, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided released to muted fanfare. It received a 83 on Metacritic and an 82 on OpenCritic, but sales ultimately underperformed for Square Enix. Earlier this year, a report surfaced that the Deus Ex franchise was on hiatus.
"While we are still working on expanding the Deus Ex Universe, along with creating new content and updates for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we're also devoting our talents towards working with Crystal Dynamics and Marvel on The Avengers project," Eidos Montreal said at the time.
Now Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda has backed up those statements, shutting down rumors that Deus Ex is dead and dormant.
"We have never said anything about discontinuing that title but for some reason that's the rumour out on the market," Matsuda told GamesIndustry.biz. "What I can say is Eidos Montreal has always developed Deus Ex, and the issue is we do not have limitless resources."
"We have several big titles that we work with and that's partly a factor in what our line-up looks like. Of course, it would be ideal if we could work on all of them all of the time, but the fact of the matter is some titles have to wait their turn. The reason there isn't a Deus Ex right now is just a product of our development line-up because there are other titles we are working on. We are already internally discussing and exploring what we want do with the next installment of it."
This lines up with previous statements, but it also illustrates that we won't be seeing the next Deus Ex for many years. Mankind Divided is an odd case because the game simply ends on a fairly major cliffhanger, with the assumption that the story would carry on into a sequel. No sequel means the story is just dead in the water.
The full interview covers other subjects, including the company's Western studios and the future of Final Fantasy. It's worth a read.