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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided live-action trailer shows a deep, disturbing world

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided live-action trailer shows a deep, disturbing world

Part of what makes the Deus Ex franchise so interesting is the depth of the world. It isn’t just a game set in the future with neat super powers, it is a fully fleshed out setting, with a fictional history that has been well developed and developed, as evidenced by this Deus Ex: Mankind Divided live-action trailer titled “The Mechanical Apartheid.”

In the game – which is a sequel to 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution and a prequel to the original 2000 Deus Ex – takes place in a world very much ground in the harsh realities of violence, fear, and distrust. It begins before the games, with people replacing their flesh and blood with metal and cybernetics. For some it’s a necessity, but for many it’s a choice.

The consequences of this new trend soon become clear though, and the mechanical augmentations come with a heavy price. The augmented are forced to regularly take a drug for their bodies to accept the new body parts. If they don’t they can succumb to violent impulses and uncontrollable rage. (Or at least that’s what the public thinks – those that played Human Revolution will recognize that there’s more to it.)

The deaths come next. Thousands of augmented people involuntarily turn on their loved ones, sparking global fears. The augmented are singled out and segregated, and the drug they are forced to take becomes a valuable commodity. Those that can’t get it legally turn to the black market, which in turn leads many of them to crime to avoid the alternative – a violent outburst which will almost certainly lead to death.

It all culminates with tensions flaring and augmented citizens facing a new form of mechanical apartheid.

Cheerful stuff, right?

This is the setting you’ll step into in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. You once again play augmented security agent Adam Jensen, who witnessed the truth behind the augmented violence. A group calling itself the Illuminati “hacked” the semi-mechanical humans, causing the outbreaks of violence.

The game takes place in 2029, two years after the events of the first game. Jensen is now publicly working for Interpol to stop cybernetic terrorists, while privately hunting the Illuminati. You will once again have the option to turn Jensen into a cybernetic Mr. Potatohead, mixing and matching the augments you want.

Check out the video below, titled “The Mechanical Apartheid,” and look for the game on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 23, 2016.

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