Modern Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal is reportedly aiming to return to the cyberpunk series immediately and hopes to outdo Cyberpunk 2077 in the process.
These rumors come from prolific pundit Jeff Grubb, speaking on Giant Bomb’s Game Mess Mornings podcast. Grubb notes that any internal discussion about Eidos Montreal’s next project is very early days, but he says the studio is eager to return to Deus Ex.
“It’s early days. The rumor I’ve heard is that the studio wants to get right into Deus Ex. They want to get back to that. They want to challenge, they want to do what Cyberpunk 2077 couldn’t, and stuff like that. That’s the word out there. We’ll see if that happens. It’s very early, like what it’s going to become. But there was no chance of that conversation starting under the current Square Enix, right?
Square Enix was the previous owner of Eidos Montreal and the Deus Ex franchise, but sold both, along with Crystal Dynamics and Tomb Raider IP, to Embracer Group as part of a $300 million deal. Embracer named Deus Ex along with Tomb Raider, Thief and Legacy of Kain as one of the franchises it saw “great potential” for, hinting at sequels along with “remakes, remasters, spin-offs, [and] transmedia projects.
Embracer has also said that there are “very significant AAA experiences in the pipeline” from Eidos Montreal and its other newly acquired studios, including “beloved franchises that we will own as well as original IPs.” A new Tomb Raider game was announced just before the Embracer sale.
Square Enix says it was concerned that these Western games “cannibalize” the sales of its Japanese portfolio.