Partly because of the (somewhat) limited shelf lives of average single-player games, in general, and partly because of the ever-growing popularity of online gaming, Eidos Montreal, the team behind the latest Deus Ex games, announced that their developers will shift their primary focus to online gaming in the future. If we take a look at their website, we can see that the team is hiring new people, including the lead multiplayer programmer who will have to rework the DAWK engine and make it capable of handling even the most demanding multiplayer games. As their director of online technology, Sebastien Bessette stated: " All of these efforts unify our teams towards one single goal, that being to deliver the best online gaming experience to our players ".

The Deus Ex franchise isn't finished yet and we did get some insights that implicated that we will see a sequel coming up. But, it won't be anytime soon as the CEO of Square Enix (the owners of Eidos Montreal), Yosuke Matsuda stated that "some titles will have to wait their turn". In the meantime, Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics are working on the Avengers game and we expect to see some intensive online gameplay in that title already.

It is a real shame that a new Deus Ex title most likely won't be an immersive single-player experience like Mankind Divided and Human Revolution were in their time. Though, going by the sales numbers, I guess we can't be too surprised to learn about this change of priorities. In fact, we should be happy that the new game will actually be released (whenever that is). All in all, though, only time will tell whether this was a right move or not.