The AAA video game delay cycle is eternal and unstoppable, as another big 2016 release is being pushed back.
According to the official site for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, developer Eidos Montreal has made the decision to move the release date from February 23, 2016 to August 23.
“As you may have already seen by reading and watching the many previews for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, our aim is for it to be a worthy successor to Human Revolution, and to improve upon that game in every way possible,” said Eidos Montreal’s head of studio David Anfossi in a statement. “I know that expectations are extremely high, and we not only want to meet those expectations, but exceed them.”
“We’re confident and proud of the game so far. However, as we are now playing through the game in full we can see that it will require more time in post-production for tuning, iterations, and refinement to meet our high standards. In order to achieve this, we need to move the release of the game to August 23, 2016.”
While it’s disappointing to learn that there will be one less big game to play in early 2016, delays generally result in higher quality releases, so it’s very likely that Mankind Divided will benefit significantly from this six month delay.