I'm preparing to hunker down with a hearty supply of canned goods (Pringles), enough Red Bull to kill a bull elephant, and develop a fortunately-timed bout of illness, as it looks like Deus Ex: Human Revolution is slated for release sometime in August. Gamestop has a release date of August 23rd, but I'd take that with a grain of salt; I took the liberty of checking Best Buy's website, which has a release date of August 2nd.
More info after the jump!
Those who pre-order will get the following bonuses, as shown on Gamestop's website:
- Additional Mission
- Explosive Pack
- Grenade Launcher
- Automatic Unlocking Device
Pre-Order Deus Ex Human Revolution from GameStop.com to receive exclusive weapons and an additional in-game mission:
Additional Mission Convinced to aid a man who's neither friend nor foe, Adam must work his way through the dangerous Lower Hengsha and save the life of someone he doesn't know. Delve deeper into the Deus Ex mythos with this exclusive side mission featuring a cameo from a classic Deus Ex character.
Explosive Pack M-28 Utility Remote-Detonated Explosive Device (UR-DED:) A next-generation iteration of the venerable satchel charge' demolition/anti-armor device, the M-28 is a user-deployed explosive twinned to a handheld short-range wireless radio detonator.
Grenade Launcher Linebacker G-87 MSGL (Multiple Shot Grenade Launcher): The G-87 is a multi-shot shoulder-arm low velocity grenade launcher with a gravity-fed magazine containing six 40x46mm high explosive grenade cartridges.
Automatic Unlocking Device Using modified microwave pulse technology, the Keybreaker Security Countermeasure unit can neutralize 98% of conventional electronic and digital locking systems.
Online Customers: A code with instructions on how to download your weapons and mission will come packaged inside your game.
Store Customers/In-Store Pick-up: A code with instructions on how to download your weapons and mission will come packaged inside your game.
There is an "Augmented" special edition which, in addition to the aforementioned bonuses, includes a DVD, forty-page art book, fancy packaging, and a "motion graphic novel," available for an extra ten dollars. I'm cautiously optimistic; being a massive Deus Ex nerd, I get the sense that Human Revolution at least has the essentials right. However, the jaded old man in me is keeping the enthusiasm at a healthy distance. I haven't been terribly pleased with Square Enix's work over the past several years, but I welcome the chance, now that there's no other option, to let them redeem themselves with Human Revolution -- even if they are toying with the the legacy of one of my favorite games. Should it fail, know this: I may not have the funds necessary to fly to Japan and give the heads of Square Enix a verbal what for, but I do have a valid passport, my favorite shin-kicking boots, and enough salty language to make your average nun cry for months. Eidos Montreal, consider yourselves warned.