Deus Ex: Mankind Divided launched yesterday on all platforms, leaving all early buyers shaking their heads in dismay.
The “Covert Agent Pack” was a pre-order bonus DLC for anyone who secured an early copy of the game. In light of the original announcement, the pack introduces various in-game items such as weapons, skins, and upgrades. What developer Eidos Montreal kept from everyone was the fact that all of these in-game items are valid for a single use.
Rather than being “durable” for an indefinite period, the pre-order bonuses are “consumables” that you lose after a single use. Even worse is the fact that the Covert Agent Pack has since then been renamed on Steam to the “Augmented Covert Agent Consumables Pack” to more accurately reflect on this. Naturally, anyone who pre-ordered the game is in his/her rights to feel that they were misled from the beginning.
According to the game’s community manager, the pre-order bonuses (Praxis Kits, ammo, credits, and crafting parts) are located in your storage area. Once claimed, “they will be consumed in your current playthrough, and not reusable. Consumables work the way they do due to first-party constraints.”
This means that if you have already claimed the bonuses and decide to start a new playthrough, you will no longer have access to any of those items again. The “consumables” are simply there for a single use in your first playthrough.
In order to clarify the situation, Eidos Montreal has pointed out that the one-use limitation is because of the game’s microtransactions. Players can spend real-world money to purchase in-game items for the main campaign. Hence, it would not have been fair to everyone if early buyers were given these items as permanent additions.
However, what the developer fails to address is that this information was kept from everyone until the release of the game. The situation should have been clarified well before launch-day but for some reason was not.
Despite the fact that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is being looked at as a good game, buyers are furious over being misled in regards to the pre-order bonuses. In addition to that, the PC version is plagued with numerous technical and performance issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible. Steam reviews are already “Mixed” and players pondering over refunding the game should keep an eye on the two-hour gameplay period rule that Steam allows.