Over two years ago, Eidos Interactive announced that its newly formed Montreal Studio was working on Deus Ex 3, expected later this year. Since then, though, little has been revealed about the project other than a general fall 2010 release window.
This week, the game appears to have resurfaced, courtesy of two trademark filings with the US Patent and Trademark Office by Square Enix, which bought Eidos last year. Both filed on February 4, 2010, the two applications are for the titles "Deus Ex: Human Revolution" and "Deus Ex Human Revolution" (sans colon).
Square Enix's trademarks would cover use of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution titles in virtually every type of game-related media, including: "computer game software; video game software; computer games and video games downloadable from a remote computer location or recorded on CD-ROMs, compact discs, and game cartridges; downloadable electronic publications in the nature of newsletters and magazines featuring action adventure games."
Unfortunately, other than the publisher, developer, and now likely the final title for Deus Ex 3, little is officially known about the project. However, according to a 2008 report on fan site Deusexcentral.com attributed to Eidos Montreal community manager Rene Valen, the game will be an action RPG like its two predecessors, Deus Ex (2000) and Deus Ex: Invisible War (2004). (Deus Ex: The Conspiracy, a PlayStation 2 port of the original game, was released in 2002.)
Valen is quoted as saying that Deus Ex 3 "combines near-future elements with a Renaissance/Baroque twist. We call it 'Cyber Renaissance.'" He reportedly said it will sport the same sort of decision-driven, consequences-filled branching storyline as the first two games, as well as share their first-person perspective. Cover-based stealth will also reportedly figure heavily in the game, which will reportedly include cinematic sequences produced by Square Enix directly.