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Deus Ex On Hold, Eidos Helming Guardians of the Galaxy

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Mere days after the announcement of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s second piece of downloadable content, a report  has emerged suggesting that the Deus Ex series has been put on hiatus.

Eurogamer reports that the failure of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to match Square-Enix’s sales expectations, combined with the publisher’s shift in focus to its recently revealed Marvel partnership, has resulted in the series being put on ice. As such, ‘A Criminal Past’ will be the final DLC for the game, and a planned third entry in the series, which was intended to close Adam Jensen’s storyline, will not eventuate for quite some time, if at all.

Instead, series developer Eidos Montreal will be heading development on two new projects, the previously rumoured Shadow of the Tomb Raider (taking over the series from Crystal Dynamics) and a new game based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition to these projects, the team has been announced to be collaborating on the Avengers Project.

If true, this series of events spells the temporary end of the Deus Ex Universe project, announced back in 2013 as a trans-media effort to create a more connected and immersive experience than can typically be crafted within a single medium. It will also mark the second hiatus for the franchise, after eight years passed between the second entry, Deus Ex: Invisible War, and Human Revolution’s reboot in 2011.

The report comes as an unexpected blow after Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was so strongly received. OnlySP’s Gareth Newnham scored the title 8/10, saying that it is one of the “rare cases where . . . being more of the same is the highest praise” that can be given.

Looking forward, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is currently unconfirmed and so without a release date, while Square-Enix has said that no new information on the Avengers Project will be available until next year.

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ARMA 3 ‘Contact’ Campaign Will Take Around Six Hours to Complete

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ARMA 3‘s new spin-off expansion will receive a sizable campaign, which is expected to take between four and six hours to complete.

Joris-Jan van ‘t Land, project lead of ‘Contact‘, provided some fresh details regarding the campaign length in an exclusive interview with OnlySP. He confirmed that the campaign will take around four to six hours to complete depending on player ability:

“The length is always hard to specify, because it, of course, depends on each individual player, and how much they explore the terrain beyond the core objectives. We’d estimate normal play sessions lasting between 4 and 6 hours.” He continued, “After that, there’s, of course, a cool box of new toys to tinker with, including the rest of the new Livonia terrain. We also hope community creators get inspired to build their own alien scenarios.”

van ‘t Land also revealed that players will take on the role of a “NATO drone operator” undergoing military training exercises in Livonia. During one of these seemingly routine training exercises, humanity encounters an alien species coming face-to-face with strange technology.

“A big part of the campaign is about uncovering its mystery and exploring what is going on, so we’ll leave most details for players to discover for themselves.” He added, “You will assume the role of a NATO drone operator, deployed to Livonia for military training exercises. Eventually, our alien visitors arrive at the Area of Operations, and from there on out you’re part of an improvised reconnaissance operation to investigate what’s going on.”

ARMA 3 ‘Contact’ is set to release on 25 July 2019 for PC. Our full interview with Bohemia Interactive about the expansion will be available in the coming days.

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