It’s not exactly frequent that a video game trailer has the ability to make you feel raw emotion. But the recently dropped live action trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided does just that.
Our setting is 2029, two years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The world is shaken, because in 2027 “mechanically-augmented people all over the world suffered from extreme psychotic delusions, lost control of themselves, and started attacking people. Millions died. Hundreds of thousands more were injured and maimed.” Now the fallout from that event truly begins.
The “naturals”, humans that haven’t been cybernetically augmented, for the most part utterly resent the “augs” that have been. And “in the wake of this global catastrophe, society has become divided by hatred, prejudice, and fear, with many countries now enacting harsh laws.” The most damning of which is the “Human Restoration Act”, which can essentially be boiled down to a Holocaust type event. Augs, whether they be men, women or children, are being systematically rounded up and taken to areas akin to concentration camps. Lives are being ruined, families torn apart, our country’s moral code completely destroyed.
If this was just a basic game trailer with a narrator giving the key points, that would be one thing. But in “The Mechanical Apartheid” trailer we get to witness the events as if they are actually unfolding via live action. It’s quite effective, and jarring, as you see lovers begin to be torn apart at first by a nation’s growing hatred – and then physically by the government itself.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to release on August 23rd for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. We’ll likely get a close look at the title during E3. Until then, checkout the awesome new trailer just below.