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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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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain abilities by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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