Square Enix and Eidos Montreal have announced a release date for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, alongside the usual wealth of pre-order details. Adam Jensen’s latest cybernetic jaunt will be arriving globally on February 23rd, 2016, which is a heck of a lot sooner than we thought. It’ll be hitting PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Having already revealed the pre-order bonuses for Uncharted 4 earlier today, Square Enix has decided to totally outdo it and vomit up one of the most complex pre-order plans in gaming history. If you want to guarantee your copy of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ahead of launch, Square Enix is hosting a campaign to “Augment your pre-order” with all sorts of extras. Depending upon which tier the pre-orders hit, you’ll be able to choose from different bonuses “in the spirit of choice.” It’s like AAA games publishing meets Kickstarter, and it makes for some grim reading.
Okay, so this pre-order tiered stuff is basically exclusive to digital pre-order customers, unless you fork out for the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Collector’s Edition. In total there are five tiers of digital pre-orders, and as more people pre-order, more tiers are unlocked.
The first tier is unlocked automatically and allows players to choose from three starter packs - Intruder, Enforcer, and Classic. Each comes with unique armour, weapons, and upgrades, as well as bonus ammo and in-game credits. You only get to choose one set, however.
Tier 2 allows users to choose between a digital artbook and a digital soundtrack (sampler!). Tier 3 unlocks the Desperate Measures mission for all digital pre-order customers. Tier 4 offers a choice between a digital comic book that explores Mankind Divided’s conspiracies, or a digital novella based around Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Lastly there’s Tier 5, which will make the game available four days earlier digitally. This means if enough people pre-order, they will be able to access Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on February 19th. Or another way of looking at it - Square Enix are purposefully holding a complete game back, unless enough people cough up the cash before seeing reviews.
If the prospect of plonking down a $60 pre-order and still not getting access to all of the pre-order bonuses doesn’t appeal to you, then you could just pick up the physical collector’s edition. This comes with all of the bonuses, a 48-page physical artbook, a steelbook copy of the game, and a 9” Adam Jensen figurine. The price for that is $149.99.
So then, will you be taking up Square Enix on their pre-order offer? What do you make of the tiered structure and the release date ransom? Let us know!