What we heard: Besides Tomb Raider and Hitman, one of Eidos Interactive's better-known franchises is Deus Ex. The original installment in the series, which blended role-playing and action elements in a conspiratorial near-future dystopia, was a critical and commercial success in 2000. (It was ported to the PlayStation 2 two years later.)
When it was released in 2004 for the PC and Xbox, Deus Ex Invisible War received decent reviews and saw solid US sales of more than 300,000 units, according to NPD. However, that wasn't good enough to stop pre-SCi-buyout Eidos from closing series developer Ion Storm in 2005 following the departure of its founder Warren Spector. And when the shooter spin-off Deus Ex: Clan Wars was renamed Project: Snowblind to distance itself from the brand, the Deus Ex franchise went missing, and was presumed dead.
This week, though, came word that the Deus Ex series is being revived. In an video interview with MusiquePlus, Eidos France director general Patrick Melichor revealed that a new game in the series was in the works at the British publisher's recently formed Montreal, Canada, studio. "The first mission for the team will be to bring back to life an extraordinary title called Deus Ex," said the well-groomed Melichor. The executive also revealed that some 40 developers would be committed to the project.
The official story: US Eidos reps wouldn't comment on the Melichor interview. However, he himself gave the Deus Ex project revelation a major caveat. "We're still waiting for final confirmation [on the new Deus Ex], which should happen in the next few months," said Melichor.
Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus that a new Deus Ex has been officially been announced. Not bogus that it's looking very likely.