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Last Updated: July 31st, 2013

Android gamers have been waiting a long time for world-class publishers and developers to start creating mobile games with the same dedication that consoles and PC get. It looks like we'll have to wait just a little bit longer. Yesterday Square Enix and Eidos Interactive announced Deus Ex: The Fall, a full entry in the much-loved Deus Ex series, set in the same time period as 2011's Human Revolution. The initial media blitz has a lot to say about the iOS version of the game, due "soon," and almost nothing to say about Android.

An Android release is coming, according to a the very last sentence in an Eidos community blog post. But it's clear that the world's most-used mobile platform is playing second fiddle - the designers and producers in the announcement never mention Android, all the demonstrations are from the iPad, et cetera, et cetera. The most we can confirm is that an Android version is currently being planned... but if Deus Ex: The Fall doesn't deliver the goods on iOS, don't expect it to jump platforms anytime soon.

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The game itself looks pretty amazing, at least from a mobile standpoint. The interface incorporates a lot of the first-person shooting and cybernetic abilities of Human Revolution, with an immersive story, top-of-the-line graphics, and a touch interface that's completely customizable. For those who are fans of the Deus Ex mythos, the plot of the game immediately follows the novel The Icarus Effect, as a British mercenary with advanced augmentations travels the globe trying to unravel another of the Deus Ex world's many conspiracies.

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Make no mistake, we're not really surprised at the slight to Android, we're just very disappointed. Games releasing on Android months or years after iOS is still a pretty common phenomenon, though it's becoming more rare. (Square is definitely in the former category there - Final Fantasy IV was released on Monday for Android, six months after iOS.) It's just too bad that Square Enix and Eidos Montreal aren't as dedicated to multi-platform support on mobile as they are elsewhere - Human Revolution had a simultaneous release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

By the way, Android gamers, if you think you're upset, you should see some of the hatred spewing from PC and console Deus Ex fans over a mobile-only release.

Deus Ex: The Fall

London (5th June, 2013)Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announced Deus Ex: The Fall™, the new instalment of the award winning DEUS EX® series, coming soon to mobile and tablet devices. DEUS EX: THE FALL is set in 2027– a golden era for science, technology and human augmentation, but also a time of great social divide and global conspiracy. Powerful corporations have seized control from governments and command the drug supply needed by augmented humans to survive. In this chaos Ben Saxon, a former British SAS Mercenary who underwent physical augmentation, is desperate for the truth behind the drug conspiracy. Betrayed by his private military employers, the Tyrants, not only is his own life at risk, but for all augmented humans, time is running out…

Developed by Square Enix’s Mobile division in Europe, in collaboration with the original DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION® team at Eidos-Montréal and N-Fusion, DEUS EX: THE FALL is a story driven action-RPG and the first DEUS EX in the series to be released on mobile and tablet devices. The game includes never before seen characters from the novel published by Random House, DEUS EX: THE ICARUS EFFECT, picking up directly where the book finishes.

We’re really excited to continue the DEUS EX series on mobile and start a new journey”, said Jean-François Dugas, Executive Game Director at Eidos-Montréal. “The team has done an incredible job creating a whole new story and controls for intuitive touch screen gameplay, whilst staying true to the DEUS EX universe. Players can expect exploration, action, hacking, stealth, social enhancers, player choice and consequence- the full DEUS EX experience.

Smart devices are central to Square Enix’s platform strategy and we approach it with the same attention as our boxed and digital releases. DEUS EX: THE FALL is going to be testament to our commitment in delivering high quality entertainment on mobile and tablet devices,” said Antony Douglas, General Manager of Square Enix Mobile.

Priced at $6.99/£4.99/5.99€, the first instalment of the mobile series will be available this summer. DEUS EX: THE FALL will be playable at the Square Enix booth at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in the South Hall #1647.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • ScottColbert

    I haven't enjoyed such bitterness since instagram came to Android and the iOS crowd had conniptions.

  • Nelson

    They are so lame... there's a lot more devices running Android than iOS... Their lost...

    • Yalla Tschikowski

      The revenue per User is higher on iOS (especially for games) and the development cost is lower. Part of it is to blame on Google, part of it to the nature of Android.

      1) Different Devices --> Higher Development and Testing Cost

      2)Different User Basis --> Not everyone is willing to Pay 7$ for a Game. iOS has more "wealthier" Users.

      3)Only being able to pay via Credit Card--> This one is huge, and i still dont understand why google is still sticking to it. It may be common for most US Citizens to have one. But only like 20% of people 18-25 in the EU have one. Other parts of the world may be even lower.

      4) Game and Cloud Services have been on iOS for a long time : Yeah Google did something here.

      5) Piracy is more of a concern on Android. Developers belive Piracy costs them revenue - and often pirated Games stress the Companies Servers.

      6) I personally belive the Play Store is still bad for "High Quality" titles (titles from big developers with big development costs). It's hard to distinguish from all the crap that is put up on the Play Store. Sure Editor's Pick helps this, but your still wont be able to get a good filtered overview of good Titles without the help of external websites.

      • milksop held

        3 is the reason I don't buy many Google play apps

        • Yalla Tschikowski

          3 is the reason I am forced to not buy ANY Google Play Apps

        • ProductFRED

          How else do you expect to pay? Serious question? Or do you mean Paypal?

          • Michael Ta

            iTunes has paypal.

          • ProductFRED

            That, I did not know. I know Steam does, but I didn't know iTunes did. Well Google won't add Paypal anytime soon because they're competing with them (with Wallet).

          • Yalla Tschikowski

            Most Companies (like PayPal) have different paying options for different countries. Play GiftCards are to may knowledge only available in the US. Most of the time in Germany, you can pay via ELV , a form of direct debit transfer - which is available to all people with a bank account without costs. In Steam , you can also pay with "universal gift cards" that you can buy at every gas station here. Yes i see that wallet is competing with PayPal, but a only credit card paying option is no competition.

          • milksop held

            Something like iTunes gift cards

          • http://about.me/tysonayoung Tyson Young

            Maybe I'm mistaken but I see Google Play gift cards all over.

          • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

            Can't find them in Canada though.

      • Matti

        3) To add to that, it's possible for me to buy from the US iTunes store on my iDevices. All I had to do was create an account with a US address (my cousin's) and buy iTunes gift cards from online merchants. Apple probably do know that I'm lying, but they don't seem to care as long as I'm buying stuff. Afaik, you can't do that with the US Google Play store even if you buy gift cards. Seems Google uses IP-foo to deduce that you're outside the US anyway and doesn't allow you to redeem the US gift cards.

        • Justin Swanson

          I think that changed, but you can still use MarketAccess to tell Google you're on T-Mobile.

          I have a US address, US Google Account, but am located in Korea and the Play Store displays in English for me. This holds true with or without MarketAccess.

          In regards to Credit Cards, I can't speak to this... Seems silly they wouldn't allow debit cards, gift cards, pay pal, etc.

      • Michael Ta

        ohhh No.7 is a big one. Consider all the big name like Samsung HTC Moto all have 10 different devices, many run differently, hardware wise, software wise (htc sense/touchwiz/motoblur...etc) those are enough to make the devs scratch their heads.

      • Matthew Fry

        #3 Can't you buy play store cards in retail establishments? Can't you pay with Wallet from a bank account?

        #5 I wish someone would do an unbiased study on Android piracy. I really feel like it is exclusively a China problem and to a much lesser extent other countries/users with no means to pay legally. Regardless of the rampancy of the former or ethicality of the latter, neither hurt sales (although they certainly do tax servers). Madfinger really overreacted on their piracy numbers.

        #6 is a big problem I think. I wish Google would drop the hammer on coercing 5 star reviews. I've seen multiple freemium games trading IAC for 5 star reviews (which by the way they can't verify so I always gave them 1 star reviews and took the currency anyway).

      • Matthew Fry

        #2 We as the Android user base can change that. Make an effort to reward good, ethical, and quality development with your money and stop downloading the freemium crap.

  • NateB

    I didn't ask for this

    • ProductFRED

      *I never asked for this.

      • Michael Ta

        *why did you have to correct that?

        • ProductFRED

          Because I love Human Revolution, and I'm a douchebag. I think that's the reason we were all pondering.

          • Michael Ta

            No I meant that I think it's dramatically correct, isn't it?

          • sdfs

            grammatically

          • Michael Ta

            oops my bad. I was half asleep when i typed it.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Much as I hate the fact, Square Enix always develops for iPhone first, and then ports to Android. I hate it, but I've accepted it. I take solace in the fact that they're doing the Android ports pretty quickly now.

  • Matti

    If this game is anywhere near as good (though I'm highly doubtful) as the original Deus EX, I'll probably get myself an iOS version anyway. Even if they do have an Android version in the works, chances are the iOS version will be better, like it usually is for most games. Problem is I have an iPhone 5 and no iPad (have a Nexus 7 though), and something like this would be better on a larger screen, no doubt.

  • Andrew Townsend

    im in love with this universe, but am super disappointed they're releasing on mobile and not pc. some of us deus ex:hr fans connected deeply with the game on a weird level.. and it sucks i cant experience it on my pc..

    even if it launched on nexus 7 tomorrow, i'd still be bummed i couldnt play it on my pc.