Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be available on February 23, 2015… or 4 days earlier if enough people pre-order it

In some alternate universe, the “Can’t Kill Progress” pre-reveal for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided kept gamers riveted to their screens as we learned more about Adam Jensen’s next mission. Sadly, in our reality, “Can’t Kill Progress” was a sleepy bust that plodded along for three days, eventually culminating in the re-unveiling of a game that Square Enix first announced more than a year before.

But to be fair, the game’s debut trailer was pretty fantastic.

Instead of learning their lesson, Square Enix has decided to double down on this sort of ridiculousness with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s just-announced “Augment Your Pre-Order” campaign. The game will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on February 23, 2015, and players who decide to pre-order it will be able to customize their “Day One Edition” by choosing bonus items from a quintet of tiers. However, each tier will remain locked until a pre-determined number of players put down money to pre-order the game. But if enough players buy in to Square Enix’s scheme and unlock all five tiers, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be released four days early on February 19.

The public will also have the option to bypass all this nonsense by pre-ordering the Collector’s Edition, which includes every piece of “Day One” content, a 48-page Titan Art Book, a nine-inch Adam Jensen figurine, and a limited edition Steelbook case.

If you are interested in pre-ordering Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and you want to know more about how the tiers work, we’ve got more information for you about the scheme after the break.

TIER 1 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER (UNLOCKED FOR EVERYONE ON AUGUST 31)
Choose between three Starter Packs that cater to stealth, aggressive, or nostalgic players.

  • Intruder Pack – Provides a custom-skinned version of Adam Jensen’s trench coat and pistol with a silencer, laser sight, recoil and accuracy upgrades. Other bonuses include two EMP grenades, five packs of 10MM pistol ammo, 1000 credits, and a Praxis point for early augmentations.
  • Enforcer Pack – Includes a custom-skinned version of Adam Jensen’s combat armor and combat rifle with a holosight, reload and capacity upgrades. Players will also receive two HE grenades, five packs of 5.56MM combat rifle ammo, 1000 credits, and a Praxis Point for early augmentations
  • Classic Pack – Grants access to Adam Jensen’s iconic combat armor, trench coat, and revolver from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Players will also receive an extra pack of revolver Ammo.

TIER 2 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER
Pick between one of two bonuses that further immerse players into the game world – a digital art book that shows the aesthetic of the game, or a digital OST sampler with six tracks from award winning composer Michael McCann.

TIER 3 – AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
Unlock the “Desperate Measures” pre-order mission in which Adam returns to the epicenter of the Ruzicka Train Station explosion and must rely on his augmentations and covert operative skills to unveil the true culprit responsible for the bombing.

TIER 4 – ONE ITEM PER PRE-ORDER
Get an in-depth look at the Deus Ex universe with a digital comic book that dives deeper into the game’s global conspiracies, or with a novella that follows iconic characters from Deus Ex: Human Revolution with new and unknown details on their lives.

TIER 5 – AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
For the first time in the franchise’s history, if players meet this tier, the game will release four days before the official release date.

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