Breach is a new game mode feature in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This special mode tasks players with completing objectives like stealing information from servers, take out enemies, and capture Data Towers. We’ve taken the liberty of putting together a few nifty tips and strategies to help you stay ahead in this mode, while still offering yourself up a fun and challenging way to enjoy the Deus Ex universe and its game mechanics.
What is Breach
Breach is a special arcade-like version of the base mechanics in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game functions very similar to the base mechanics that players will know from the main storyline, however, it takes place in the Neural Subnet, a virtual reality environment that will see players capturing Data towers, hacking platforms, and more.
Each instance in Breach has a different objective. Sometimes you’ll be taking out waves of enemies, while other times you’ll have to capture towers and steal important information. No matter what your objective, you’ll need to use every trick up your sleeve to stay up and moving and make it out alive.
Surviving the Breach
To survive the Breach you’re going to need to bring your A game. This means making sure you choose the right setup for the job that you’re taking on. You’ll also want to be mindful of the places you step, as the Neural Subnet is chock full of tripwires and security cameras. If you happen to trip one, find a place to hide. This will also reset all the hackable objects, which means you’ll need to re-hack them to continue. That makes patience your greatest ally.
Take your time moving through the level, checking each and every corner you come across to make sure there aren’t any enemies, cameras, or lasers waiting to call out your position and reset your progress. Once the corners are clear, and you’re sure you aren’t going to trip anything, you can head out into the level and locate your next object.
A lot of your time in Breach will revolve around capturing Data Towers. These large black towers look similar to computer networks like you see in movies and television, so they’re pretty hard to miss. The biggest thing here is finding ways around their defenses, as many of them will be heavily fortified with sensors that lock everything down if tripped. You’ll have to use your wits to find different ways around the obstacles.
If you find yourself struggling to get past a certain obstacle, take a break and work on a different tower. Many times you can move to other areas of the map, and then return to hard to complete areas with a fresh set of eyes that will help you see things you wouldn’t have seen before. We’ve experienced this many times throughout our playthrough of the various Breach maps.
Dealing with the Boss
Sometimes you’re going to find yourself thrown against Prime Defense Units, which are basically like boss versions of the enemies in the Neural Subnet. You’ll need to be a little bit smarter and more patient to take these guys down effectively. But, you shouldn’t have too hard of a problem with them if you just take things slow, and avoid taking big amounts of damage by hiding behind cover. Mankind Divided’s combat system rewards you for sticking behind objects, so make sure to use that to your advantage.
As you make your way through Breach, you’ll also find yourself collecting Booster Packs, which can be opened for additional items like weapons and gadgets. If you’ve spent any time with the game’s main storyline, then you should already be pretty familiar with how most of the items work, and you’ll want to make sure you’re collecting plenty of HypoStim Injectors throughout your playthrough. These will help keep you alive and kicking so you can complete the missions.
All together Breach is a nifty little distraction from the more serious tone that the main storyline offers. It’s a great way to get used to the game’s different mechanics, while still giving you plenty of lanes of approach as well as opportunities for fun. The visuals are a bit different, with everything taking on a more game-like art style, but overall it isn’t that much different from the main game, and shouldn’t be too hard for players who enjoy the base Deus Ex mechanics to get used to.