Square Enix announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will release on February 23, 2016 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. OR it could release 4 days BEFORE that! You know, if enough people preorder the game. See, they announced “Augment Your Preorder”, where reward tiers are released after enough people preorder, with 5 tiers in all. Ugh.
I like the option of being able to choose your preorder bonuses regardless of where you preorder, but I’m not a fan of the “earn tiers if more people preorder the game.” This just another way to drive preorders in a world where people are becoming more wary of preordering games just to have them suck. Now Human Revolution was pretty good, and I have no reason to doubt Square Enix that Mankind Divided won’t be awesome, but ugh.
Also, release it 4 days early? That’s just begging people to open their wallets, but it’s a bad idea. If you know the game will be done 4 days early, then release it then. Is the extra money to pay for overtime to work the developers harder than they are already? To pay for cases of Red Bull for those long nights? Is it to produce and ship the physical copies to stores? In that case, make it a digital buy bonus and let people pre-download it. Where will the preorder bonuses stop? Ugh.
Square-Enix has gone back on the tier system, and announced that anyone who preorders or buys the Day 1 edition will get all the perks, and that the game will release on February 23rd for everyone.
Anyways, if you are curious of what the preorder tiers are, I’ve listed them below.
TIER 1 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER (UNLOCKED FOR EVERYONE ON AUG. 31)
Choose between three Starter Packs that cater to stealth, aggressive or nostalgic players.
- Intruder Pack – Provides a custom-skinned version of Adam Jensen’s trench coat and pistol with a silencer, laser sight, recoil and accuracy upgrades. Other bonuses include two EMP grenades, five packs of 10MM pistol ammo, 1000 credits and a Praxis point for early augmentations.
- Enforcer Pack – Includes a custom-skinned version of Adam Jensen’s combat armor and combat rifle with a holosight, reload and capacity upgrades. Players will also receive two HE grenades, five packs of 5.56MM combat rifle ammo, 1000 credits and a Praxis Point for early augmentations
- Classic Pack – Grants access to Adam Jensen’s iconic combat armor, trench coat and revolver from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Players will also receive an extra pack of revolver Ammo.
TIER 2 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER
Pick between one of two bonuses that further immerse players into the game world – a digital art book that shows the aesthetic of the game, or a digital OST sampler with six tracks from award winning composer Michael McCann.
TIER 3 – AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
Unlock the “Desperate Measures” pre-order mission in which Adam returns to the epicenter of the Ruzicka Train Station explosion and must rely on his augmentations and covert operative skills to unveil the true culprit responsible for the bombing.
TIER 4 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER
Get an in-depth look at the Deus Ex universe with a digital comic book that dives deeper into the game’s global conspiracies, or with a novella that follows iconic characters from Deus Ex: Human Revolution with new and unknown details on their lives.
TIER 5 – AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
For the first time in the franchise’s history, if players meet this tier, the game will release four days before the official release date.
Augment Your Pre-Order FAQ: www.augmentyourpreorder.com
Oh, and if you preorder the Collector’s Edition, you’ll get a 48-page ‘Titan’ Art Book, a 9″ Adam Jensen figurine, a limited edition steelbook in addition to the all of the tier bonuses.