Deus Ex Mankind Divided looked to be one of the biggest games of early 2016, but Square-Enix has announced today that fans will be playing the game later than they might have been expecting.
Rather than releasing on Feb. 23, Deus Ex Mankind Divided will now release six months later on Aug. 23, 2016. The reason for the delay? Eidos-Montreal studio head David Anfossi had this to say in a statement on the official game site announcing the new release date:
"We're confident and proud of the game so far," Anfossi says. "However, as we are now playing through the game in full we can see that it will require more time in post-production for tuning, iterations, and refinement to meet our high standards. In order to achieve this, we need to move the release date of the game to August 23, 2016.
"We are sorry to disappoint you with this news, and also thank you for all of your support and comments. This game is a huge part our lives, and we don't want to compromise on quality."
He continues on by saying "please be patient with us a little longer ... it's a huge responsibility to work on Deus Ex Mankind Divided — we know, but also a huge privilege. We're determined to deliver the best game we can."
The news is more than a little surprising given the game's now-cancelled preorder bonus campaign. That marketing effort, which unlocked more in-game content according to the number of players who preordered the game, was so widely criticized that Square-Enix cancelled the effort altogether. However, before Square-Enix pulled the plug, the publisher declared that if enough people preordered the game, Deus Ex Mankind Divided would actually release four days early on Feb. 19.
It appears the game wasn't ready to come out in Feb. 2016, much less four days early. Let's hope this delay results in a higher quality game overall.