After reports emerged earlier this year that Square Enix put the Deus Ex series on hiatus following the lukewarm reception of Mankind Divided, many fans took the news to mean the series was effectively dead. However Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda disagrees.
"We have never said anything about discontinuing that title but for some reason that's the rumor out on the market," Matsuda clarified in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz. "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." Matsuda gave a similar response when questioned on the publisher dropped IO Interactive.
Along with Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal is currently spearheading the development of a new, unnamed Avengers project that was teased during the announcement of the partnership between Square Enix and Marvel Studios.
Despite not having a Deux Ex project in development, Matsuda says the publisher considers the franchise "very important. We are already internally discussing and exploring what we want to do with the next installment of it."
So it's likely that we'll get another Deus Ex game once the Avengers project is closer to being finished. The partnership between Square and Marvel is a multi-year, multi-game one, so Deus Ex will likely have to be shoe-horned in around it. That, or it'll be several years until we see Deus Ex again.