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Square Enix files trademark for “Deus Ex: Human Defiance”




Square Enix looks to be legally augmenting themselves, if you will. They’ve just filed a new trademark, one that hints the possibility of a new Deus Ex game or other form of media on the horizon.

The image below, provide by Neogaf user “miladesn,” indicated that the trademark was definitely filed by the publisher and was done so today:


All signs point to a sequel or prequel, most likely on next-gen consoles, that retains the thematic style of the most recent game in the series, 2011’s Human Revolution, due to similar use of the word “human” in the title. Then again, miladesn him/herself stated that it’s very possible this pertains to a Wii U port of the title that will sport extra content and such. Or perhaps this is for something else altogether. Nothing is certain now, and although we never asked for this, we’re excited nonetheless.

Could this be the title Eidos was advertising in May last year, which was searching for developers to work on a “well known and respected action/adventure title, with elements of choice and stealth within the gameplay”? The title “intend[ed] to really take advantage of the new platforms coming in the next two years to provide an experience with unparralled realism, depth and consequence for player action and choice.” and required the following staff:

  • Cinematics Director
  • Senior Gameplay Programmer
  • Lead Technical Developer
  • Level Artists
  • Technical Artist
  • Lead Artist
  • Lead Programmer
  • Senior Programmer

Hopefully, we’ll know more soon.

Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)


Sci-Fi Adventure Tether Back in Development, Demo Released




Freesphere Entertainment has announced that Tether is back in active development, almost a year after it was put on hold.

Alongside the announcement, the team has finally released the prototype version of the previous incarnation of the project for free on According to the announcement, the decision to release the demo came because “it seemed silly to have years of hard work sat there for people who worked on it to not get any recognition.”

The post also suggests that Freesphere has gone back to the drawing board for the project, saying that it is seeking to reduce the scope of the story and hinting at a “new direction.”

The demo is a long time coming, as creative director Mark Gregory first told OnlySP late last year that it would be made available as part of a larger interview discussing some of the problems and struggles faced by the team members, which included underfunding, a lack of publisher interest, and personal burnout.

For anyone unfamiliar with Tether, the sci-fi adventure promises to tell the story of a mother trapped aboard a space station while on a mission to prevent environmental collapse. While the premise raises echoes of the ‘walking simulator’ format, the game was quite ambitious, featuring time manipulation mechanics, a reactive AI enemy similar to Alien: Isolation‘s xenomorph, and immersive sim elements. How much of that will be retained in the new version remains to be seen.

OnlySP’s Amy Davidson has already pledged to trial the demo as a future entry in the Friday Freebies Club, which this week will examine \SPEK.TAKL\, so watch out for that.

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