Deus Ex was in spotlight last year for the release of its sequel to the critically acclaimed Human Revolution, however the sales of the game didn’t fare as well for Square Enix, which resulted in some rumors suggesting that the franchise was put on the back burner. Square Enix later announced a set of different projects from the Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal featuring games based on the popular Avengers IP. This all but confirmed that the series might not return anytime soon.
Recently, GamesIndustry had an interview with Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda where they asked him questions about the status of Deus Ex and Tomb Raider franchise, both of which are an important part of their Western studios.
Matsuda stressed that Deus Ex is an important franchise for them and they are currently exploring options for the next installment. He talked about the limitations of developing games and lack of resources for them as well.
“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.”
Judging from the choice of words here, it is possible that the franchise will one day make a return. However it remains to be seen how long it will take for this to happen.