“Indefinite hiatus” is often a nice, PR-friendly way of stating how we won’t be seeing a given series, franchise or IP for quite some time…if ever again. Goodness knows to what extent Mass Effect: Andromeda’s critical response has had on Bioware’s beloved sci-fi RPG now that that series has entered said state. And for a long time it seemed that another fellow RPG in Deus Ex would be doomed to stay in a prolonged hiatus following reports earlier this year that Square Enix had reacted to Mankind Divided’s lower-than-expected critical and commercial performance by placing the series on ice.
But Square Enix CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, has hit back over said claims, stating that Deus Ex — developed by Eidos Montreal — will return in some manner, clarifying that the company “have never said anything about discontinuing that title.” He continues: “The issue is we do not have limitless resources…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.”
Matsuda could be referring to the partnership they have with Marvel Studios wherein both Eidos Montreal and fellow studio Crystal Dynamics are currently working on new games based off The Avengers series. But he assures fans that Deus Ex remains “a very important franchise” for the publisher and that Square Enix are already “internally discussing and exploring what we want do with the next instalment of it.”. So there you go: Deus Ex isn’t dead after all. Simply waiting its turn.