Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Jacking Into Linux & Mac

Yeah, yeah I hacked my cyberlegs to run a custom kernel I compile myself. You’ve got to, you know. The Man fills your legs with all sorts of spyware, you know. Yeah, the ‘Aug Incident’ and all that but did you know The Man can read your pedometer count, correct your gait for you, and even jack olfaction sensors to tell when you last changed your socks? No mate, it’s Linux for my legs.

Which is to say that planet-hackers should be pleased that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [official site] is on its way to Linux. They might scoff at news it’s coming to Mac too.

Port-o-publishers Feral Interactive today announced they’ll release native Mac and Linux versions later this year.

On the technical side of things, Feral have confirmed that the Mac version will use Apple’s Metal graphics API. However, Feral don’t yet have word on whether Mankind Divided will use its counterpart, Vulkan, on Linux. They’ve no news on whether it’ll use the Denuvo DRM either.

Folks who’ve already bought Mankind Divided on Steam for Windows will get access to the Mac and Linux versions for free (and vice versa), in the usual Steam Play way.

If you’ve been quietly ignoring Mankind Divided until ports were announced, hey, you might be interested in Wot Graham Thinks of it or why Alec is so sick of Adam Jensen. Or if you don’t know what Deus Ex even is, my chat with Pip will… not necessarily help.


  1. mukuste says:

    Although I have no particular interest in this particular game after the crashing bore that was HR, any big game that comes to Linux is great news. Among indies it already seems almost de rigueur to provide a Linux build.

    All this makes me happy, maybe I’ll still see a full-fat gaming PC running a free OS in my lifetime!

    • genosse says:

      I say give it a try. A weak and unresolved story, boring characters and a rushed ending, but superb level design and gameplay.

      For me it captures the spirit of the original DX really well. I can’t really explain it, but the game just gives you a lot of freedom to wander off the beaten path. And you can “feel” that freedom, if this makes any sense.

      Stacking boxes and jumping rooftops to reach totally out of place locations and then discovering that there is actually another way through a vent that then leads to a different hidden area – Prague is a great place to explore.

      I think the game deserves more credit.

      • animal says:

        I loved HR even with its loopy story, but this just feels like more, but half polished. Same puzzles, silly boxes and not great fighting.

        Maybe if OP didn’t play HR then I’d recommend it.

    • Karyogon says:

      I’m only half-way through, I think, but quite enjoying it. And I’m one of the people who played DX more times than I care to count and who found plenty wrong with HR even if I enjoyed it. It’s still got some of those odd design decisions mechanics-wise. The writing, tone and atmosphere doesn’t reach the heights of DX, the movement is still off, although I think this time round finding and using a keycode actually gives some xp though you’ll still be hacking if you’re the compulsive min-max type I am.

      But the level-world design is solid, it’s interesting enough that you keep wanting to explore and do (side) quests, it has some unique locations and fun characters, and the augs are better than HR’s main and dubious additions to the series (ie wall-punching and watching an Icarus cutscene). Also stun gun ammo isn’t as scarce (haven’t tried Tesla yet) so you’ll only have to close your eyes for a few takedown-animations at the start of the game before you’re free of that entirely if you’re sticking with the prod.

      I’d definitely recommend MD to DX fans, with perhaps fewer caveats than I would HR.

  2. automatic says:

    The Man is gay.

  3. Mokinokaro says:

    I wonder if this means they’re making a Linux and Mac version of the Denuvo DRM?

    It’s been rumored DOOM is coming to Linux as well, and it also uses Denuvo.

    • Geebs says:

      You wouldn’t want the three people in the world who have a Mac capable of running DX:ME and don’t already game in Windows to share a single copy, would you?

      • Turkey says:

        That’s two lost sales if you count the mac user who ported it in exchange for a free copy.

        • Geebs says:

          They could have made a whole five sales, maybe even six, but Feral’s ports don’t work properly on Macs with upgraded graphics cards :-/

    • Press X to Gary Busey says:

      Total Warhammer, another denuvo infectee is also getting a linux/mac port soonish.

      It’s probably too optimistic to hope for a release sans the anti-tamper but DRM that has served its purpose has been patched out in the past (rarely).

      The marketing/sales execs are already working on monetising the next project so it doesn’t affect their bonuses anyway.

      • Mokinokaro says:

        Warhammer will likely have it patched out eventually. SEGA’s PC support has been rather stellar as of late.

        Mankind Divided however has much, much bigger problems than Denuvo. The game, like Hitman, just DEMANDS an internet connection for half of its features which is coded into the engine and not part of the DRM scheme. Square Enix wants to keep track of how players play their games and likely use that data for future titles.

        The thing with Denuvo is I’d still take it over SecuROM any day. Denuvo’s invisible as long as it activates properly on first run and hasn’t been linked to any security issues or hardware failures (the GAF generated nonsense about it harming hard disks has been proven false as it would have to write to the disk so much that the disc would literally catch fire.) The big concern with Denuvo is future proofing: if the activation servers go down or Microsoft finds a security hole in it like they did with SecuROM and block it, gamers could be out of luck.

  4. johannsebastianbach says:

    Good to hear!
    Still gonna wait for a sale in two years or so to pick it up for 10 €, because … y’know … all reviews.

    • Werthead says:

      Those are the near-unanimously positive 8 and 9/10 critical reviews and the customer reviews which almost all extremely positive about the game but slam the completely ignorable microtransactions?

      I’m not sure how this idea that Mankind Divided has been badly received has come about. It’s had an overwhelmingly positive reception. I really enjoyed it: although the characters and story are a bit less compelling than HR’s, the level design and the reactability of the story to your game decisions are quite a lot better.

      • carewolf says:

        I haven’t seen a single honest review that was extremely positive. It seems the honest ones are at best just Meh about it when not outraged.

        • Karyogon says:

          May just be the realization setting in that the original DX really could be a one-off that won’t be replicated or bested any time this decade, at least perhaps not in this series or while console-slash-market-realities exist as they do. Not that even better games can’t be made, just that the particular and especially scrumptious combination of stuff that DX consisted of to make it offer such a strong and compellingly coherent experience maybe really only came around once.

          Immersive sims and high-agency games returning to the fore of my wishlists is a beautiful thing though, and I’m having fun with MD, first game in a while I don’t regret pre-ordering so far (well, one day before release, but still, and yeah I know – I know, I just wanted to experience a game at launch for once as opposed to the years I waited with HR).

        • Werthead says:

          Outraged about what?

          And who or what determines is an “honest review”?

  5. LogicalDash says:

    Steam Play is the name of Valve’s game streaming tech, which I think Mankind Divided already supports, so you can play “on Mac” that way already, if you happen to have the game installed on a Windows machine on your home LAN. I don’t think there’s any particular name for Steam’s ability to give you new ports of games you own, that’s just a feature it has.

  6. PancakeWizard says:

    It’s nice to see this happen, but as it’s a game that isn’t exactly well received it’s a shame to think that poor sales will go against future porting.

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    particlese says:

    Linux is a prototype of a much larger system.

  8. khamul says:

    Dear Alice.

    I love you, your articles are The Best.

    Please never change. Except your socks. Do change your socks: you carelessly left a port open on your last leg cyber build, and from the sensor readings I’m getting – they reek!

    Yours sincerely,

    An Internet Man