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Deus Ex Designer Making 'Immersive First-Person RPG'

Harvey Smith, lead designer on Deus Ex: Invisible War (PC), is at work on an "immersive first-person RPG" title.

Speaking at the Austin Game Developers Conference, Smith commented that his studio "Arkane ... is very focused on immersive first-person experiences," giving players an idea of what to expect from the Austin, Texas, office's future projects.

"My focus is very much around games like Deus Ex," said Smith in the speech as noted by Gamasutra. Smith worked on the original Deus Ex under famed game designer Warren Spector in addition to Thief: Deadly Shadows and System Shock.

The true continuation of the Deus Ex series, on the other hand, is in the works at Eidos Montreal and should be revealed soon.

From The Chatty
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    September 17, 2008 8:08 PM

    Before ALL the shit talking - yes DX2 was disapointing....but I'll welcome ANY game in this style

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      September 17, 2008 8:16 PM

      I do as well. DX2's worse offense was that it followed one of the greatest games ever made. There are so few good fps/rpg hybrids that I'm more than willing to be open-minded about this one.

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        September 17, 2008 8:58 PM


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        September 17, 2008 10:52 PM

        I agree. I'll keep an open mind for anything that strays away from the waves of generic shooters out there.

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        September 18, 2008 2:18 AM

        I can name only 2 supurb fps/rpg hybrids: Deus Ex, and System Shock 2. Dark Messiah doesn't really count too much, since it's much more a fps game, but its melee system should be in every game that plans to include a melee combat.

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          September 18, 2008 6:11 AM

          Mass Effect, Tron 2.0, Ultima Underworld 1 + 2, Vampires 2 (although I'm not a big fan of that one)

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            September 18, 2008 8:58 AM

            Tron 2.0 had rpg elements? Thought it was a shooter through and through.

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              September 18, 2008 9:15 AM

              TRON 2.0 more than the other Monolith FPSs, but ever since NOLF2 each have included collectible upgrades hidden throughout the levels.

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          September 18, 2008 9:14 AM

          Bioshock kinda...

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          September 18, 2008 12:21 PM

          Stalker doesn't get any love?

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      September 17, 2008 8:19 PM

      Yup. They are so few and far between that I'll definitely be keeping tabs on it.

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      September 18, 2008 1:47 AM

      Completely agree, i have great expectations both for DX 3 and this game. Deus Ex is of course the most fantastic game ever made - i have not played anything since that felt as interesting and exciting throughout the game, i love it! Just completed it for the 8th time a couple of months ago :D Playing throuh DX2 now :)

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        September 18, 2008 2:49 AM

        i've played DX1 like 3 or 4 times maybe. you sir truly worship at the altar of deus ex.

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          September 18, 2008 6:45 AM

          It's all i played an read about for a year or so, played it each and every day after school :P that's 4-5 years ago now :O

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        September 18, 2008 9:20 AM

        I don't know how.. but I somehow missed Deus Ex back in the day. I just recently bought it off Steam a few months ago and I am totally blown away by it. It is an old game now... but it did some things in that game which STILL haven't been done as well in modern games.

        As I'm playing it actually I was thinking how much Doom3 ripped off it's diary and log systems from this game. Stuff like "I had to change the lock combination to 4434.." etc... is right from Deus Ex.

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          September 18, 2008 12:16 PM

          The System Shock games did the log thing prior to Deus Ex and Warren Spector has stated that Deus Ex was pretty heavily influenced by those games. So it's not like Deus Ex invented that stuff.

          You should play System Shock 2 as well, it will look even more dated than Deus Ex by now unfortunately, but it is still well worth playing (and I believe there are hi-res texture/model packs floating around, though I could never bring myself to actually use those because it just looked too different from how I remembered the game).

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            September 18, 2008 1:17 PM

            Yes.. I'm horribly embarresed to admit it... but I missed that one too somehow. Those are two of the biggies on my pile of shame.

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      September 18, 2008 1:55 AM

      Yes. Thank you. I'm quite willing to give him a chance, I think he's had a rough ride.

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