Eidos slams Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Nintendo Switch rumours

Chris Stead 22 August 2016


It was one of the first games heavily rumoured for the upcoming Nintendo Switch console, but Eidos has just put a line straight through the idea.

Regular readers will know we have been following the evolution of the Nintendo Switch very closely, and have a detailed analysis of all the facts and rumours around the console’s upcoming March 2017 release. Even early on, one of the most consistent leaks we received was publisher Square Enix’s intention to bring its new Deus Ex game, Mankind Divided, to the format for launch. But if that’s true, then the game’s developer – Eidos Montreal – has a really good poker face.

We recently interviewed the game’s producer, Olivier Proulx, and – as you will see from the full quote below – he claims Eidos Montreal has “never thought about the Swtich.” It’s a bit of surprise, as the initial rumour was an easy one to believe. Publisher Square Enix has already confirmed that it will be supporting the console with the release of Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI. Plus, the last game in the series – Human Revolution – was one of the few franchises to support the Wii U console in the form of a Director’s Cut with enhanced features.

Yet when I asked Proulx about a similar port coming to the Nintendo Switch (NX at the time) in March next year, it was shot down emphatically. Here is how the conversation went:

Square is known to support the NX with Dragon Quest and we also saw the director's cut of Human Revolution appear as one of the first games on Wii U - would you want to see Mankind Divided on NX one day?

We've never thought about the NX. Right now there's nothing new to announce there. We've just been looking at PC, Xbox One and PS4, and that's been our focus.

Well, if you were a betting man, what do you reckon the chances are?

I can't be that obvious. I can’t bet on this (laughs).

Our Take?

I’ve asked plenty of developers in recent months about their intentions around the Nintendo NX and this is the first time I’ve had the word “never” used. It sounds so definitive, but I still can’t help but wonder if it’s a bit of a double-blind. The reviews have been strong and there is still seven months until the NX launches. And we’re bound to see some kind of “game of the year” or “special” edition in the future with all DLC and so forth included, so maybe at that point the NX will get a look-in. As it currently stands though, we have to accept what we’re told – Deus Nx won’t happen.

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