Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to be Supported for PlayStation 4 Pro When Console Launches

DXMD-still-logoWith Sony having just announced their PlayStation 4 Pro, which will bring the latest in gaming tech, and imaging tech using HDR (High Dynamic Range). In turn games have already been getting announced that they will be upgraded to support the power of the PlayStation Pro when it launches on November 10th, 2016.

The upgrades for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will feature a newly added layer of detail including higher resolutions, aliasing reduced, reflective surfaces have been improved, detailed lighting effects have been implemented, and the bonus is hidden in it all – the frame rate nor the experience will be interrupted.

We are always working to push ourselves to the very limit in regards to the art direction of our games, and the PS4 Pro, along with the strong and ongoing collaboration between SIE and Eidos-Montréal, helps to further break down the barrier between our ambitious artistic vision and the end-result you see in-game.” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal.

With more than 100 awards, nominations, and critical acclaim, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, sets the par for what fans can expect from the franchise. Will you have what it takes to see the game in higher resolutions than ever before?

Find out on November 10th, 2016 exclusively on the PlayStation 4 Pro. Stay tuned for our before and after review.


About the Writer:

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Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Frank Pritchard Returns to Deus Ex in DLC1: System Rift

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Being augmented is a problem in Deus Ex: Manking Divided. It is what causes you to become segregated from the rest of the people who remain untouched by technological advances. They call themselves “Pure”. They remain untainted in their eyes while “Aug’s” are considered dirty, unclean, and a threat to humanity as a whole. At the height of this issue comes a new story, one that introduces a fan favorite cast member by the name of Frank Pritchard – Adam’s friend and former colleague at Sarif Industries in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

In this downloaded content, which is the first story DLC, Adam Jensen finds himself once more teaming up with his former colleague in order to hunt down a group only known as the Santeau Group. Desperate for information, Pritchard reaches out to Jensen letting, leading him to a target a secure data bank covered known as the Palisade Blade. In agreeing to help him, Adam also may uncover hints as to whom the elusive Illuminati really are.

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If you are at PAX West, you are in for a treat as Andreas Apergis (Pritchard), Elias Toufexis (Jensen), and Sacha Dikiciyan (Composer) will take stage Saturday at the Hydra Theater at 3:00pm (September 3rd, 2016). There they will be discussing the upcoing content set to release on all platforms on September 23rd.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided  – System Rift will be available for $11.99 USD on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The Season Pass can be purchased on all three for $29.99 USD. For more details on the contents of the Season Pass can be found here.

Our review is coming soon for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

CNN’s Courageous and Square Enix to Partner with Square Enic for “Human by Design” Conference

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Augmentation, it has been a topic up for discussion as the advancements on prosthesis has begun to make headway in the recent years. It has even gotten to the extent that we are seeing people who are blind getting a second chance to see, people who’ve lost legs being able to walk, dance, and move as if they had never lost their limbs. It has even gotten to the extent I ran an editorial on how close we are to bridging the gap between man and machine.

With their series that has broken boundaries in questioning what it means to be human, Square Enix has announced that in correspondence with CNN, they will be partnering with the brand studio Courageous in order to host a first-of-its-kind conference on human augmentation. Human by Design will be held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on August 3rd, 2016. This conference will explore the gaps between humanity, technology, with the goal of bringing together the top minds for debate, question, and the ability to challenge what it means to be human as we advance technologically.

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If this conference has already peaked your interest, you can visit the official website for more information in regards to the human by design conference: www.humanxdesign.com/.

As part of the launch plan for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – a sequel to the smash hit Deus Ex: Human Revolution – both titles developed by  Eidos-Montréal, and published by Square Enix – have teamed up with Human by Design in order to promote the game. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided humanity has become filled with hatred, prejudice, and fear of those who have been augmented compared to those who are still “Natural”. The title will explore the near-future possibilities that could be come truly possible. All of these will be explored in the conference where they will discuss how technology has begun to rapidly shape the human condition as well as ethics of self-regulation that Deus Ex’s Universe has already begun to see as possible and true.

Since the launch of Courageous, we have been committed to pioneering the evolution of branded content to help brands tell more powerful stories,” said Otto Bell, vice president and group creative director of Courageous. “Human by Design greatly embodies this approach, as we’ve assembled a group of thought-leaders across the fields of science, technology, ethics, and cyborg activism who, for the first time, will come together to discuss the cutting-edge technologies and innovations that are shaping human augmentation.

Human by Design goes beyond bringing to life the key themes of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This conference is a special opportunity for a video game to take pause from the limitless world we play in, and to drive the conversation around what is really happening in the space of human augmentation,” said Jon Grant, senior product marketing manager at Square Enix. “Our hope is that the gaming world tunes into the conference and is inspired to get involved as well.

Official Featured panel sessions at Human by Design (The following information from here is as given to us by Square Enix):

Is Augmentation a Human Right?: How can augmentation be accessible to everyone on the planet?
E. Christian Brugger, Cardinal Stafford Professor of Christian Ethics at John Vianney Major Seminary in Colorado and author of hundreds of articles on topics in bioethics, natural law theory and the interdisciplinary field of psychology and Christian anthropology.
Dr. Natasha Vita-More, Designer, researcher, and scientist who explores the intervention of biological limited lifespans, selective enhancement, and related socio-political issues.
Adam Arabian, Ph.D PE, Technical Director of multiple nonprofits and Professor of Engineering at Seattle Pacific University, focused on supporting refugees and underserved communities globally.
Dr. Steve Mann, Chief Scientist at California-based Metavision, Inventor of HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging, Founder of MIT Media Lab Wearable Computing project and widely regarded as “The Father of Wearable Computing.”

Selective vs. Therapeutic Augmentation: Who should have the final say on augmentation procedures — doctors or individuals?
Neil Harbisson, British-born cyborg artist and activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull to perceive visible and invisible colors such as infrareds and ultraviolets via sound waves.
Dr. Michael Chorost, Author of Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human, the groundbreaking “cyborg memoir” about getting a cochlear implant.
Samantha Payne, Co-Founder of Open Bionics, an award-winning startup developing low-cost bionic hands for amputees or those born without a hand.
Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as Director of the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory.

The Future of the Far Far Next: What will medical advances enable 10 years from now?
Will Rosellini, IP Expert and serial entrepreneur with three companies in progress that focus on repairing the nervous system using active electrical devices.
Lucy McRae, Science-Fiction Artist, Director, Body Architect, and TED Fellow probing the frontiers of the body, health and human adaptability.
Zoltan Istvan, Futurist, Author of best-selling philosophical novel The Transhumanist Wager, and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate of the Transhumanist Party.
Tan Le, Founder and CEO of EMOTIV, a bioinformatics company advancing the understanding of the human brain through electroencephalography (EEG).

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The conference will culminate with the presentation of The Code of Ethics on Human Augmentation. Drafted by the Human by Design Board, which is comprised of conference speakers, The Code is meant to engage a deeper conversation around the issues of human augmentation, while reflecting the specific views of the authors, in an effort to help shape the future of the industry.

To bring global access to the live event and provocative conversation, Courageous will capture original video of the conference that will be distributed in ad space across CNN’s digital and social footprint, including CNN’s Snapchat Discover channel and Turner’s social distribution platform, Launchpad. The conference will also be streamed live on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/deusex.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to launch August 23rd, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Deus Ex’s Augments May be Here Sooner than You Think

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Imagine a world not far from our own where losing an eye, a leg, a hand, your arm, heart, or even a lung was replaceable. Imagine a world where you weren’t limited to the defects of humanity with being born with a limb that wouldn’t work or a part of your leg that has been overly damaged. Imagine a world where the impossible is now possible. Welcome to Deus Ex, a franchise that has taken the idea of humanities limitations and moved past with factual science that has begun making itself reality. It’s become a world of endless possibilities in a franchise that has made us wonder where human augmentations would go with artificial limbs, eyes, enhanced ears, and the likes. That world is a place where once career-ending limitations became a thing of the past and allowed for humans to regain control of what once seemed over.

A few years ago, I began to watch and study the world of prosthetic limbs and human enhancement. Not because I or anyone I know are disabled in such means, but because the science behind it made me curious. It made me curious to what would happen if we began to break the boundaries between man and machine only to merge into a world where humans would transcend being handicapped or disabled. After playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution, I began to question the possibilities of a future that could truly become reality, and to my amazement? That future isn’t far off.

When I talk biomedical implants or even something similar, you probably are thinking things such as artificial teeth, metal rods in legs, arms or back, but what if I’m talking mechanically engineered?

The Blind Can See Again

As someone who has always had eyesight problems. I found myself often questioning, “What would happen if I went blind?”; the answer? Now it seems not to far away thanks to scientific advances in human implants as well as artificial eyes. Back in July of 2015, I stumbled upon a BBC article written by medical correspondent Fergus Walsh that discussed retinal implants that allow 80 year old Ray Flynn to see again. Ray Flynn suffers from a disorder called Dry AMD, or age related macular degeneration. A disorder that affects at least half a million people a year just in the U.S. alone. Close to the same in the United Kingdom it comes out. The minds behind this device? A team known as Second Sight with their device known as The Argus II Bionic Eye Implant.

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Ray Flynn with his Argus II. Photo Copyrights – The Guardian.

This implant has allowed Mr. Flynn to once more begin seeing the things he love’s such as futbol, the television set, and even his computer screen again. Let alone can he see those, Mr. Flynn is also capable of making out his family again.

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So how exactly does this augmented implant work? The bionic eye implant is first put into the eye, where a surgical procedure is done. It is then hooked up to the small electrodes around the retinal, which allows the cells to carry the visual information to the brain. From there the brain is able to process the electrical impulses while the device transmits the data being sent to the brain to his eyes from the glasses camera.

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Doing this allows for the retina’s remaining cells to function to the best of their ability. This can be imagined as almost like seeing a computer screen’s vertical and horizontal as well as diagonal lines. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean at this time that eyes will fully be replaced by bionics, but gives us the idea that there’s a lot more in the works, and may just give us a fighting chance against pure blindness. Now we just play the waiting games for augments like Adam Jensen’s where we can have glasses or visual receptors near our face without needing glasses or sunglasses at all times.

Prosthetic Limbs That Work Like Real Limbs

For many of us, the thought of losing an arm, a leg, a finger, a part of our foot, all of it is terrifying, and for some? It’s a reality. After sitting down on YouTube the same night I read about Mr. Flynn, my mind began to wonder about realistic prosthesis and what the future could hold. For example, what if I was injured in a crash, how would I write, how would I play games, how would I hold a child if I had one? To YouTube I went and stumbled upon various advances in prosthesis. There I stumbled upon a video that had my interest. Here I watched a man by the name of Hugh Herr – if you don’t know about this man, he’s MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics head honcho. Meaning? He’s the badass behind the prosthetic limbs.

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Hugh Herr, for a bit of background, is a double amputee. He lost both of his legs in a climbing accident that left him bed bound for years. In his speech it was hard not to find myself interested as he began to discuss the teams advancement in limb replacement. Granted the limbs come off at the end of the day, these limbs allow him to walk as you and I do, get around as you and I do, and even do the things he loves such as running, walking, climbing, and even jogging.

This is thanks to the 48 year old doctor’s want for new and impossible prosthetics to replace the old conventional ones that come with hindering limitations. On his designs, Dr. Herr has designed a beyond complex board system that allows for a onboard system to work with microprocessors, environmental sensors, control loops. springs, struts, and muscle as well as tendon like motors. What does this mean? Almost realistic body parts, but in a prosthetic. His prosthetic title? BiOMs. That means these legs will automatically adjust reflexively as they move with the patients strides, the slopes in their terrain, but they also recycle energy as if they were our own flesh, blood and bone.

Thanks to his advancements in this technology, we can only wonder when his team of scientists will replace legs, arms, and even other body parts with functional augmented parts that don’t have to be removed, and will forever seem as if they were the real limb they replaced. You can watch his Ted Talk fascinating as well as captivating speech here.

BioChips

As one could imagine, it’s not hard to see a world where things such as BioChips exist (External Link to Fox News), because they already do. These chips allow for people to hold their personal information on a single RFID, allowing them to unlock their houses, send faxes, unlock cars, pay with the swipe of their hand, and be on with their lives. These chips also have personal information such as GPS location and the likes on them so that they can also find missing children, Alzheimers patients, and even identify a missing persons.

While those certainly do have their possible uses, what about more daily uses such as opening your house with the swipe of a hand, loading your grocery list to the chip via NFC from your computer so it could be loaded to your phone or a AR set of glasses? What about paying your bills by simply swiping your hand over an app or going to an ATM and simply moving your hand with the chip over the device that will activate it? While it all seems scary, this future is already happening in many places and has become useful for those using those devices. Several have already shown that their lives have become easier, more stress free since having been chipped. While privacy concerns are still there, it seems the route is quote possible and even useful for those intending on using the technology.

The Deus Ex Future Isn’t Far

While many of us have seen the trailers, the shorts, and even the effects of what can happen through augmentation. It’s hard not to imagine a world where we aren’t quite human anymore, but have surpassed many limitations through the use of technology. While the idea of having a chip inside my hand isn’t ideal, it’s an idea that may not be too far off with the way cellphones, necklaces, wristbands, and the likes are now becoming wearable technology.

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While the future for true merger between man and machine is far from being perfected, it’s interesting to see where it will go, when it will become to fruition in an easily accessible and when we will fully be able to utilize some of the technologies seen within the franchise. While I don’t expect to see people smashing through walls with artificial limbs, I do hope to see people returning to normal and functioning lives through technology.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to launch on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One August 23rd, 2016.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Gets Live Action Trailer to Show the Divide of Aug versus Non-Aug

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Living in the year 2027 has seen breakthroughs with human augmentation with mechanical devices. Arms could be replaced, legs can be replaced, and even other parts of the body with scientific and medical breakthroughs. But, what happens if those people began to suffer extreme psychotic delusions, losing control of their own minds as well as bodies, and eventually began to attacking people? What if hundreds of thousands of people were injured? Maimed and even died from it? What if it’s someone you loved or cared for? What if it was your brother, your sister, your mother, your father, your aunt, uncle, grandparent or someone close to anyone you knew? What if society began to crumble as “Aug’s” became the new “enemy” because of fear, prejudice, and hatred for what they are?

What if society began to fall because of something out of the control of those who’ve been augmented? In the newest live action trailer from Square Enix, we get to see what happens when the highly controversial “Human Restoration Act”where “Augs” have been isolated into camps and districts away from normal humans. This cost? Would separate humanity once more as history repeats itself. Tearing friends apart, tearing families apart, and even tearing society apart as the world around them crumbles.

The newest trailer can be viewed here and will require an 18+ YouTube Account due to graphical content.

Will you have what it takes to stop Mankind from being Divided starting August 23rd, 2016 for PC, Xbox One and PS4? Prepare to return to a world like you’ve never see it before with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Eidos and Square Enix Cancel the Augment Your Pre-Order for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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If you’re one of those that had happily pre-ordered your copy of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided from the “Augment Your Pre-Order” setup? The bad news is headed right your way as Eidos has officially shut down the pre-order program and thus made the game globally available for everyone on February 23rd, 2016.

The official statement can be read below as fans will all be compensated for the changes in their pre-order status:

“We really understand and appreciate the passion for Deus Ex that the fans have shown here,” said David Anfossi, Studio Head at Eidos-Montréal. “Know that all of us, both at Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal, share that passion for this franchise.”

A vast majority of the negative feedback received arose from the tiers, and the requirement of specific pre-order numbers to unlock them. Therefore, taking into account the feedback from fans, the pre-order tiers have been removed, and all of the associated content with the program will now be made available for free to anyone who pre-orders or purchases a Day 1 edition of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Additionally, the release date will no longer be changed in accordance to pre-order numbers, and everyone will gain access to the game on February 23, 2016.

Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal sincerely thank the community for the love and dedication they have shown for the Deus Ex franchise.”

If you want more information regarded to the changes head on over to the official Deus Ex: Mankind Divided website.


About the Writer:

DustinBATGRPhoto1Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, MMO’s, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable and can’t be softened by even the biggest names in the gaming industry. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. To follow Dustin, hit him up on Twitter over at @GamingAnomaly, find him on hisGoogle+. Wanna game with him? You can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.