By Alec Meer on September 6th, 2011 at 10:18 am.
Here’s a huge news story that we somehow didn’t manage to post yet, because we’re big, silly poo-poo heads. Also, I was distracted by being stung on the eyelid by a wasp, which is something I can recommend to precisely nobody. While I was busy bellowing in horror, the Deus Ex Human Revolution DLC teased by last week’s rather inelegant ARG finally came to light. As suspected, it’s called The Missing Link, and as speculated it concerns the rather odd scene late in the main game where Adam goes on a secret journey to an unknown location. (And if you think that amounts to a spoiler for a game that’s all about mysteries, I honestly despair.)
If you haven’t gotten that far in the game, don’t read on – because more fulsome details are below. If you can’t read the rest but are itching for safe DX reading – well, how about browsing RPS cunningly rejiggered to look like one of DXHR’s in-game electro-newspapers? Top work, Nir Yomotov. Truly, his vision is augmented.
Here’s the official blurb for The Missing Link, as revealed on the DXHR site:
The Deus Ex: Human Revolution conspiracy grows deeper in The Missing Link. During Adam’s quest for the truth in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, he mysteriously vanishes for three days. Where was he? What did he find out? The Missing Link reveals it all.
After being tortured by Belltower agents and having his augmentations disabled, Adam Jensen must rely solely on his basic capabilities to escape from a freighter, destined for an unknown location. While fighting for his survival on the ship, he uncovers another layer to the conspiracy that he never would have suspected. As Adam, befriend new, mysterious allies and fight ruthless enemies to discover what was happening in the shadows during the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution!
-New layers of conspiracy unveiled
-Sprawling new environments
-Brand-new characters to interact with
-Rebuild Adam’s augmentation set from scratch. Build up a brand new Adam!
No release date yet, but we’ll find out more ‘soon.’
I guess it’s a semi-logical point to insert a new chunk of story, as Adam’s already off-radar at that point anyway, so you’re not going to have Pritchard or Sarif commenting on what he got up to there. At a guess, it’s going to wrap up the Belltower storyline somewhat. Given he’s surely got to end up back on the freighter and in that cryo-chamber kinda thing by the end of it all, there’s a risk this might ultimately feel a little futile, but then again the option to respec Adam late in the game could be pretty handy, at least for players who wizzed through the main game and thus didn’t gain XP as thick’n'fast as more obsessive completionists such as I.
Most appealing in the list o’stuff, of course, is ‘sprawling new environments’. There’s a rumour going around that DXHR was originally intended to have more hub zones in addition to Detroit and Shanghai, but time/budget saw them dropped during development. If this reinstates one of them, I’ll be happy little post-human.
Know what I’d like to see a chunk of extra content offer? More closure for Pritchard’s story. By the end of the game, that initially snarling, silly-haired nerd and Adam were well en route to becoming top chums and confidants, but the last you hear from him is some bland advice over the radio. Plus, his pro-hacker alter-ego Nuclearsnake must have gained some knowledge of all manner of extra conspiracies the world over – whatever came of that? And did he ever manage to get that TV show commissioned?