Deus Ex: Human Revolution novel inbound

Del Rey publishing <i>Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect</i> novel set for 2011 in Europe and North America; will be set in the universe of the upcoming action RPG.

Del Rey books today announced it will publish a novel set in the universe of the upcoming video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The Icarus Effect is currently pegged for a 2011 release, which is the same time window the Square Enix-published title is slated to arrive on the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 at retail.

Read the book, or play the video game? Now you have a choice.

The book, which delves deep into the cyberpunk dystopia of the game, will be penned by James Swallow, whose previous science-fiction literary efforts include work in the Warhammer 40K, Star Trek, and Stargate franchises.

As for the novel, it is set in the not-too-distant future, a time when great innovation and technology mesh with chaos and conspiracy. The narrative will center around two "unlikely heroes"; Anna Kelso, a Secret Service agent, and Ben Saxon, a special-ops soldier. Additionally, some of the novel's characters and story elements will overlap both the novel and the video game. Neither Deus Ex: Human Revolution nor The Icarus Effect have a release date more specific than 2011.

For more on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, check out GameSpot's impressions and the game's E3 2010 trailer (embedded below).

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Charliesix
Charliesix

I'm such a Deus Ex fan that I will probably read this. Haven't read a video game novel since the Doom books. And those were so awful :-P

iboo01
iboo01

The game looks very interesting, but a novel I wouldnt really put my money on, and besides who actually reads around here

panospcm
panospcm

William Gibson and Neal Stephenson BEWARE !!! Hehe... A bit skeptic about how good it will be. But, IF they have a GRAND story to tell.. i'm certainly in.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

A novel? Could be interesting.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I want them to publish it along with Deus Ex 3 like Special Edition or so. I don't think the novel will ever reach Swedish shores.

marco245
marco245

Like Casino Royale, I might read it before release. then again, If one was going to spoil the other, the choice is hard :/

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

Nice. Sound very interesting, I think I may just read this when its published.

BPoole96
BPoole96

Wow a book I'd actually WANT to read???

Ubersin
Ubersin

I think that's one of the enduring qualities about it though. If it were mainstream it'd be mined, refined, then coated in sugar and sold to us till were sick of it ) repeat )

kdawg88
kdawg88

Cyberpunk Renaissance indeed. It would be so awesome to see cyberpunk hit the mainstream.

BahamutZero92
BahamutZero92

Put me down for a purchase as soon as the game and book comes out. That being said, Deus Ex was brilliant, Deus Ex 3 was not good, let's just see if Eidos can redeem themselves this time around.

Falcon084
Falcon084

I write Cyberpunk. I'd love to see some one elses work.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

I am ALL about this game. Put me down for the book too.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

This is great news. Human Revolution is my most anticipated game atm.

green_dominator
green_dominator

I wish the book could be released a month before the game but I'll still grab it.....well I'll try to get it through Library loan. I've never heard of the author but judging from the comments on here I take it he's pretty good......