Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth game developed and released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Linux platforms. Mankind Divided is a direct sequel to and follows the plot of the 2011 game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It is the sixth game in the series, and features Human Revolution’s Adam Jenson as the main protagonist once again. It was developed using the Dawn engine, a technology made by Eidos Montreal themselves.
Mankind Divided is set two years after the events of Human Revolution. An event called the “Aug Incident” has happened, in which humans augmented with the enhanced biotechnologies became uncontrollable, rash and lethally violent, using their augmentations to kill those without it and even each other. What the citizens don’t know, however, is the fact that these augmented people are being controlled by the Illuminati, a secret society by planting a software in their tech, and more specifically by a member the group who wishes to discredit augmented people, completely. The Illuminati, however, is successful in concealing the truth behind this, and so the people with augmentations are placed inside a separated zone, being outcasts from the general public. One of them is the protagonist, Adam Jensen, who now works for a special Interpol unit called Task Force 29, but is also secretly is colluding with a hacker group called the Juggernaut Collective, in order to find Illuminati. Jensen’s journey takes him far and wide, and he discovers the relation between these augmented humans, the rogue member, and the biggest secret society in the world.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided expands on familiar grounds that were introduced by previous titles in the series like Invisible War and Human Revolution. Players are provided with a large freedom of choice so that a branching story is produced which they may progress as they seem fit. NPCs can also be conversed with using dialogue trees, and saying different things will initiate different responses from them accordingly. NPCs can provide players with experience points or in-game currency. Also available and expanded upon are the weapons system and the augmentations. Now more variety of weapons and a larger variety of newer augmentation technology have been added for the player to experiment with. Weapons like machetes, grenades and rifles are available, which can be equipped or customized with items like silencer or passive upgrades like faster reloading and more attack power. Similarly, augmentation abilities can also be upgrade and bought, which is done by using in-game currency that is received when missions are completed.
There are may different ways to complete the same missions, giving the player freedom to choose their preferred style. Like the games before it, players can use brute force to make their way through levels, or take the stealth route and complete the level without killing a single soul. Couple this with a branching story line, and players get the immersive experience they’ve been waiting for since 2011’s Human Revolution.