Deus Ex: Mankind Divided DLC Brings Back An Old Pal

Deux Ex: Mankind Divided [official site] will get its first story DLC just one month after launching. Titled “Shadow Rift”, this new story content will welcome back… well, obviously don’t read on if you don’t want to know who’s been absent.

Shadow Rift will reunite Adam Jensen with his old buddy Frank Pritchard, the sarky cyber-security expert from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Here’s what Square Enix say the pair will be up to:

“In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – System Rift, you will re-unite with Frank Pritchard, Adam’s friend and former colleague at Sarif Industries, and assist him in hunting down information on the mysterious Santeau Group. Desperate to get more information, Pritchard targets one of the most secure data banks ever created – the Palisade Blade. In agreeing to help, Adam may also be able to uncover hints as to who the illuminati really are.”

Hmm. Mysterious.

System Rift will be featured at a PAX West panel on Saturday at 3pm PST, for those lucky people at the con this weekend. Andreas Apergis, Frank Pritchard’s voice actor, will be present, along with Adam Jensen’s voice actor, Elias Toufexis, and Deus Ex composer Sascha Dikiciyan. They’ll be dishing out more details on the DLC and Pritchard’s role in the story for those of you keen to find out more.

Mankind Divided launched on August 23. Graham reviewed the game, and thought it was nice and polished, if not a bit too much of the same old. System Rift will arrive on September 23, and is included in the DLC Season Pass, which you can purchase on Steam. Alternatively, you’ll be able to buy it separately for £9.49/€11.99/$11.99.

Oh, and a new patch came out today.

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  1. baseless_drivel says:

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  2. ZIGS says:

    Will this be barely 1-hour long like the pre-order mission or something more like The Missing Link?

    • Distec says:

      I thought Missing Link was well-sized enough. Of course, I’m somebody who pores over very inch of game’s levels, so I’m sure a chunk of that consisted of redundant backtracking and loops.

      Maybe I didn’t mind since I got it as part of the Director’s Cut version for a cheap price. Only complaint with that purchase (and it’s a bit of a biggun’) was a game-breaking bug right after the final boss preventing me from ever completing the game, apparently known about since 2013.

    • ResonanceCascade says:

      If they even kind of want to justify that $30 season pass to the poor folks who bought it, both of the story missions in it better be Missing Link sized.

      On that note, I really liked The Missing Link. Great “boss-not-boss” battle at the end, too.

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    Nauallis says:

    Wait, so Pritchard doesn’t betray you by being the run-of-the-mill double-agent IT guy in Human Rev? That game is such run-of-the-mill campy video game cyberpunk that I’m honestly surprised to find out.

    • Michael Fogg says:

      For the life of me I can’t remember what was his ultimate role in the plot of DXHR, besides being the telepathic handler in some early missions.

    • E_FD says:

      Pritchard was easily the only really memorable character in DX:HR for me, precisely because he’s introduced as such an archetypal irritating jerk rival, but then never actually goes evil or otherwise betrays you. Nor, conversely, does he get a plot arc where he becomes less of a jerk after you save him or something.

      He just stays an asshole and a constant presence all game, and him and Adam gradually end up grudgingly tolerating each other. It’s the closest thing to a realistic relationship in the game.

    • Chaoslord AJ says:

      He’s the IT guy in your head giving infos and quests out of the blue. And let’s face it he’s socially awkward but in the company of Jensen, Sarif and Megan he’s really only a minor jerk.
      He talks to AJ right up to the last level over infolink to explain stuff the player hasn’t understood at this point.

  4. Horg says:

    One of my favorite data pad entries from DX:HR was Prtichard’s terrible sitcom pitch to a TV network being rejected. The casual crushing of a secret romantics impossible dream really underlined the bitterness in the character. You can imagine him as the kind of young man wishing for creative writing ability, but receiving an ironic talent for writing code.

    • MultiVaC says:

      Weirdly enough one of the random citizens in a metro station of DX:MD comments to Jensen about his coat reminding her of a character from “Nuclearsnake” or something along those lines. I don’t really know if that’s just a small in-joke or if his show actually got picked up in the storyline. Honestly I liked the idea of his TV writing aspirations being an utter failure better from a character standpoint.

      • Minglefingler says:

        There’s a manuscript in the apartment of a journalist somewhere in the same building as the one with the bird (dove?) on the door that you need to get into for the Neon side quest. Pritchard’s the author.

        • Jenuall says:

          There’s one in Jensen’s apartment as well, on the coffee table. I’m assuming Frank sent it to Adam for some kind review comments!

  5. Zenicetus says:

    Just finished the game. I give it a 9/10 for level design, 5/10 for plot, 3/10 for characterization, but still fun enough for sneaking through the levels with occasional diversions into violence. It’s not as deep as it thinks it is, but it’s okay.

    I’m glad to see a DLC mission coming out soon enough that I won’t forget the control scheme, and how to use all the aug toys.

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      Addie says:

      Have also just finished it. “A good game despite the plot and characterisation” is fair, but disappointing for a Deus Ex game. The level design is splendid when you’re actually doing something, but would deduct it a couple of points for needlessly sending you backwards and forwards across the subway loading barrier for some of the mission preambles, especially in the later game.

      However, it has given me a hankering to play DX:HR again, especially as I completed it the first time before the GotY edition and never got round to playing those bits. Hopefully the third part of the trilogy will have a more interesting plot to go with the splendid gameplay.

  6. hhaddow says:

    When you said “Brings Back An Old Pal” I got really excited thinking “is it Gunther Hermann?”, “is it Anna Navarre?”, but no it’s Prichard :(

    • Chaoslord AJ says:

      Hopefully they appear in the next Deus Ex Entry. It’s obvious now they’re aiming for a trilogy prequel.
      Would be so cool to explore the early life of the metalheads and how they came to be Unatco agents.

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