A release date for Eidos Montreal's Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be announced this week, game director Jean-François Dugas revealed on Twitter last Friday.

Asked to reveal something about the highly anticipated sci-fi title, Dugas Tweeted: "Of course! The release date will be announced next week! What about that! ;)"

And just in case anyone thought he was joking, another Tweet followed stating: "I can't be more serious!"

We've previously been told that the game will ship in the year beginning April 2011.

Having previously been set to arrive early in the year, a slip was confirmed in the weeks prior to Christmas.

"With weak sales performance of console game titles that have been newly released during the current fiscal year as well as harsh market feedback regarding a key title, the Group recognises the reinforcement of development capability in our Digital Entertainment segment as our most critical managerial issue," said Square Enix in a statement at the time.

"We therefore have decided to spend additional time to further polish our upcoming game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, resulting in a shift in release timing from our prior plan of the current fiscal year to next fiscal year."

This leaves the door open for a hefty delay, but we're hoping this week's announcement will bring good news to fans desperate to get hold of the game.

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