Deus Ex GMDX Mod Gets New Features – More Videos Released

We recently revealed news that the original Deus Ex, one of the most iconic PC games of all time, has been getting a lot of love from a modder, creating the ultimate overhaul mod for those aging title. The new mod will add a huge range of new features, as well as fixing flaws with the original, without screwing up anything that made it so great in the first place. Immersion has been improved, AI has been drastically improved, physics are greatly improved, as are the weapons, sound effects and so much more.

“GMDX is an award-winning large-scale modification for the 2000 PC classic Deus Ex. GMDX addresses the many flaws of the game, polishes it to a very high standard, and adds new layers of depth that one would have hoped to see in a sequel. GMDX is executed with the strict parameter of staying true to the original design principles that define Deus Ex, and seeks to improve all aspects of design excluding the plot and soundtrack. The cumulative result thus far is said to be, and aims to be the “definitive Deus Ex experience”.”

GMDX V8.0 is set to be released on December 20th, a little later than the original December 7th release date. However, with this being the ultimate and definitive Deus Ex modding project, this Christmas may be the best time to replay this classic once again.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Delayed – New Release Date Revealed

Deus Ex is widely perceived as a masterpiece and one of the first major titles to offer various playthrough styles. Its sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War focused on the console market and featured fairly basic mechanics. This was a massive disappointment and didn’t honor the original’s innovative gameplay. On a brighter note, Deus Ex: Human Revolution exceeded people’s expectations and even managed to impress the hardcore demographic. As you might expect, the latest entry entitled Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is gathering a great deal of enthusiasm.

However, Eidos Montreal boss David Anfossi announced the game will not launch until August 2016 in a blog post today which reads:

“We’re confident and proud of the game so far,”

“However, as we are now playing through the game in full we can see that it will require more time in post-production for tuning, iterations and refinement to meet our high standards.”

“We are sorry to disappoint you with this news, and also thank you for all of your support and comments. This game is a huge part of our lives, and we don’t want to compromise on its quality.”

“So please be patient with us a little longer, and thanks as always for your passion and support – through thick and thin. It’s a huge responsibility to work on Deus Ex Mankind Divided – we know, but also a huge privilege. We’re determined to deliver the best game we can.”

While this is a disappointing turn of events, I would rather experience a polished delayed game instead of a rushed and poorly optimized version. Furthermore, with native DirectX 12 functionality, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will provide an indication into the performance gains using an optimized API.

Massive Overhaul Mod ‘GMDX’ for Original Deus Ex Gets Release Date

Deus Ex is one of the definitive PC games in all PC gaming history. Released in 2000 the game has a continued fan-base and has seen numerous tweaks and mods, as well as a couple of new games that have kept the Deus Ex spirit alive and kicking, but this latest mod looks set to blow every other Deus Ex mod into oblivion.

“GMDX is an award-winning large-scale modification for the 2000 PC classic Deus Ex. GMDX addresses the many flaws of the game, polishes it to a very high standard, and adds new layers of depth that one would have hoped to see in a sequel. GMDX is executed with the strict parameter of staying true to the original design principles that define Deus Ex, and seeks to improve all aspects of design excluding the plot and soundtrack. The cumulative result thus far is said to be, and aims to be the “definitive Deus Ex experience”.”

GMDX V8.0 is set to be released on December 7th, 2015. Artificial intelligence has been significantly improved, tweaking everything from how enemies respond to sights and sounds, pathfinding and more. Player-controlled mechanics, sim systems, effects, physics, item interactions and more are all tweaked to increase immersion, without impacting on the original look and feel of the game.

Stay tuned on the official mod website too, as there are more features set to be revealed very soon.

Check out this series of videos below and get ready to re-play one of the most iconic games in PC gaming history this December.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Director Discusses Console Ports

Prior to the explosion of PC Gaming, many developers dismissed the platform and released shoddy, unpolished console-ports. Even now, many PC games like Batman: Arkham Knight are an after-thought and sold in a completely broken state. Clearly, this is unacceptable and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Executive Game Director Jean-Francois Dugas, agrees. During a panel at this year’s New York Comic Con, he shared the belief that:

“..console ports on PC is disrespectful”

He also went onto to discuss the notion that the PC version is given equal priority:

“…super important that the PC version is treated as such.”

Additionally, he implied that an announcement regarding DirectX 12 functionality will be coming extremely soon. It’s also refreshing to hear developers tackle difficult questions and honor the PC roots of Deus Ex. Over the past few years, the PC has become more profitable than the console market due to huge multiplayer titles, an increasing user-base and digital distribution. In theory, the PC version of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided should be optimized extremely well and utilize a proper user-interface for mouse and keyboard. Only time will tell, but I cannot wait to see how various systems run the title using DirectX 12.

Thank you Dual Shockers for providing us with this information. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Pre-Order Campaign Scrapped

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s anti-consumer pre-order scheme forced users to choose from a selection of bonuses instead of receiving the full complement of extras. Unbelievably, consumers had to purchase the game three times to access the entire range of pre-order content which included major benefits such as an additional level and early access four days before the official launch. This was absolutely atrocious and in the modern era of social media, spoilers would be littered across the internet. In the past, pre-order incentives have been restricted as various retailers offered different bonuses. However, these usually revolve around cosmetic additions which didn’t impact on the game’s theme. Although, I’m still appalled by the heavy pre-order marketing from major publishers.

Thankfully, Square Exix and Eidos-Montreal have issued a statement and decided to reverse the pre-order policy:

“At both Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal, we’ve been listening to everything you’ve had to say about the Augment Your Pre-Order program. When it was first conceived, we wanted the program to give you more choice about what you received in terms of pre-order incentives – because we’ve seen in the past that when we choose those packages ourselves, and split them across regions, it has caused frustration. We quickly noticed that this approach created even more frustration than before, resulting in a resounding amount of negative feedback.”

“We’ve spent a lot of time reading through all of your comments, working to understand how we can try to make things right for you. After much thought and reflection, we decided to close down the program and make all of the incentive content available to anyone who pre-orders Deus Ex: Mankind Divided or purchases a Day 1 edition of the game. Additionally, the release date will no longer be changed in accordance with pre-order numbers, and everyone will gain access to the game on February 23rd, 2016.”

“Your feedback and input is of the utmost importance to us– as it’s your loyalty and passion for our franchises that gives us the opportunity to continue providing you with great gaming experiences.”

Customers who have already pre-ordered will automatically be upgraded to access all the remaining content. Sadly, it seems the pre-order bonuses will be locked behind the pre-order system but that’s fairly expected given the modern gaming industry. The official statement clarifies:

“To our faithful fans who’ve already pre-ordered: we will be taking care of everything necessary to ensure that all of the changes to the program will be automatically applied to your purchase. Meanwhile, we’d like to thank everybody for their feedback – we know this wouldn’t have happened with a game that nobody cared about, and we’re just focusing now on delivering a game that lives up to your hopes and expectations.”

Do pre-order incentives encourage you to buy or a game or make you wait for a substantial price reduction?

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to Feature DX12 & Built-in Benchmark from Day-One

We caught the news this week that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be reaping the benefits, or should I say augments, that come from DirectX 12. This is great news for those who are wanting to tap into more of their GPU hardware, but even better news as there’s not exactly a lot of games out there right now that are flexing DX12!

The good news is that the game will support DirectX 12 from day one, so no waiting for a future patch or update to see what all the fuss is about. What is going to make this game even more interesting, at least as far as I am concerned, is that it’ll feature a built-in benchmark; something that is sorely missing from many modern games.

Given that the game features DirectX 12, as well as a bunch of features such as AMD’s TressFX 3.0 tech, it’s going to be an interesting one to push the limits of the latest graphics cards and we can’t wait to get benchmarking with it.

Of course, Direct X 12, benchmarking tools and more are a big win for consumers, as you’ll be able to better fine tune your games visuals to run on your hardware. Let’s just hope they sort out that bloody awful pre-order campaign!

Thank you DSO for providing us with this information.

AMD: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to Support DX12 at Launch

Possibly, the greatest benefit in Windows 10 is the highly-optimized DirectX 12 API. Unfortunately, very few games take advantage of DirectX 12 functionality and it’s unknown if current DirectX 11 titles will be updated. Despite this, future games should scale much better across various configurations on the newest API and has been widely implemented as it’s been in the hands of developers for some time. In an interview with TweakTown, AMD’s Chief Gaming Scientist, Richard Huddy, has confirmed Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would launch with DirectX 12 support.

Furthermore, AMD’s TressFX Hair 3.0 technology will be implemented and the options menu features an integrated benchmark. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how AMD and NVIDIA GPUs compare with a AAA game designed around DirectX 12. There has been a great deal of controversy regarding Asynchronous Shaders which supposedly favour AMD. Of course, Deus EX: Human Divided is an AMD-sponsored game in a similar vein to its predecessor. In theory, this means the game should be optimized better on AMD hardware.

Although, on launch this could become complicated as it’s difficult to gauge if DirectX 12 or AMD’s involvement in the game will be the major determining factor. Personally, I’m just pleased to see DirectX 12 support out-of-the-box and cannot wait to see how various cards perform.

Are you looking forward to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided?

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information. 

Is This The Most Obnoxious Game Trailer Ever Made?

The marketing strategy of major publishers has been quite distasteful due to pre-order bonuses, microtransactions and retailer exclusives. In recent years, these anti-consumer measures became more acceptable and helped to transgress the medium into a way of exploiting people’s passion for a particular franchise. Deus Ex is a highly-revered tense stealth series with an extremely loyal following. The original game and Human Revolution featured superb covert takedowns and an engrossing narrative. Unfortunately, the successor to Human Revolution has embarked on an appalling pre-order incentive scheme which is embarrassing and quite insulting to fans of the series.

During the official trailer, a computerized voice implores you to pre-order to access a Tier I bonus. Instead of receiving all of the Tier 1 bonuses, you are forced to choose between the Classic, Enforcer or Intruder Pack. There are also benefits in Tier II, III and IV which include in-game bonus missions, a digital comic, artbook, OST sampler and more. Unbelievably, each tier is only unlocked after a certain percentage of pre-orders is met. As a result, you could pre-order and simply end up with a Tier 1 bonus. Additionally, to access every item, you have to purchase the game 3 times. Even more egregious, Tier V grants access to the game 4 days before its official release. In the social media age, this will just make users post early streams and spoilers online. Also, punishing people for not engaging in pre-order nonsense is absolutely abhorrent.

The video’s reception so far is rightfully negative and currently features 770 dislikes. Honestly, I’m astounded by this trailer and how aggressive its marketing policy is. If you are sick of being treated in this manner, do not pre-order under any circumstances. Companies are overstepping the mark and as a consumer, the only way to make them understand is through a lack of sales.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJkzcQDqbpE

Deus Ex In-Game Footage Reveals What to Expect From Edios Dawn Engine

After confirming the latest Deus Ex: Manking Divided release and giving us a taste of what the story is all about, Edios now shows us what to expect once we play the title. The developer just revealed a new in-game footage of the game, but before that, let’s review the trailer first.

Edios revealed what the story is all about, its characters and some juicy action. But a trailer doesn’t really show what to expect when you are playing it. I mean the graphics are amazing in trailers, but what does your actual rig render when you play? Well, now we can see just that and how great its Dawn engine is.

If you are familiar with previous Deus Ex titles, then you pretty much know what to expect in terms of gameplay here too. However, Edios did mention it has improved some gameplay features that let you use stealth and combat more effectively. The developer has also confirmed that you can choose not to kill anyone throughout the story, which in turn may affect the outcome too.

As far as I know, stealth shooters do have moments when you have to kill someone at some point, but nobody at all? If they manage to pull this off, we may look at the most non-violent title we’ve seen so far.

Thank you TechReport for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Vigamus Magazine

Deus Ex Creator Laments Half-Life Game Cancellation

Deus Ex creator Warren Spector recently took part in a reddit AMA, during which he discussed a cancelled Half-Life game that his Junction Point Studio was working on, which was to feature what Spector describes as the “magnetic gun”, which may have rivalled the gravity gun as Half-Life’s coolest weapon.

In his AMA answer, Spector describes to Valve bailed Junction Point out of a difficult financial position by giving the company the opportunity to work on the sadly cancelled Half-Life episode:

“Junction Point had a project cancelled (we can talk about that, too, if you want). There was no money. Basically, Valve came in like a white knight and offered us some work on a Half Life episode set in a part of the Half Life universe that hadn’t been explored deeply. In addition, just because my team couldn’t just do anything the easy way, we decided to add a new tool to the Half Life universe – the magnet gun. We came up with some COOL stuff to do with the magnet gun. Valve decided to move in another direction but I still wish they’d do something with the magnet gun. It was fun.”

Spector was also complimentary regarding Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the Eidos Montreal sequel to his 2000 classic Deus Ex, saying the game – which he had no hand in, apart from creating its predecessor – had him hooked:

“What did I think of DX:HR? Well, for starters, I don’t finish a lot of games and I finished DX:HR. That’ll tell you something. When I DID finish it, I kinda sat back and thought, “Wow, I just had a Deus Ex experience.” It sounded like DX and felt like DX. It was pretty cool.

The Eidos Montreal guys made some design decisions I wouldn’t have made, but overall, I was really pleased.

Now, having said that, my one regret is that the movie deal I had back in 2000 never made it to the screen and now there’s no chance it ever will, ’cause DX, the original, is kind of old news.”

Thank you Dark Side of Gaming for providing us with this information.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Gets Trailer; Will Support DX12

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been officially unveiled by publisher Square Enix and developer Eidos Montreal, as well as being treated to some impressive screenshots and a trailer, we now know that the PC version of the game will support DirectX 12 and AMD’s TressFX 3.0.

David Anfossi, Head of Eidos Montreal, had this to say about the game:

“For 15 years, Deus Ex has been a point of conversation across the games industry and beyond, whether the topic is the franchise’s unique gameplay or topical narrative focused on advanced biotechnology and human augmentation. What began with Deus Ex: Human Revolution goes to a whole new level in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, diving even deeper into this discussion and, in turn, offering fans an all-encompassing experience, one which will challenge their skills as players and emphasize decision-making based on real world topics.”

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which is powered by Eidos Montreal’s new Dawn Engine, is set for release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. A release date is yet to be announced.

Source: Dark Side of Gaming

New Deus Ex Coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC

The cover of this month’s issue of Game Informer magazine has revealed Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the follow-up to Square Enix’s 2011 first-person RPG Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and the latest in the Deus Ex series.

Set two years after Human Revolution, the game sees the return of the game’s protagonist, Adam Jensen. Mankind Divided will see the introduction of new gameplay twists and augmentations, plus an open-ended structure that allows players to approach challenges in whatever order they please.

Sadly, Square Enix’s planned reveal for the game – an interactive Twitch stream following a man trapped in a cell – was scuppered on a leak by a Russian website. A new Deus Ex game was known to be in the works for some time, though, with Eidos Montreal teasing images from the game last year while showing off its new Dawn Engine.

“The Dawn Engine will form the cornerstone for all Deus Ex Universe projects at Eidos Montreal,” the studio said, adding, “[the] Deus Ex Universe is the name we are giving to the fictional world and the rich lore we are creating for it, which will of course include core games, as well as any other projects that will help bring the world of Deus Ex to life.”

Though no release date has yet been confirmed, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Source: The Verge

Humble Square Enix Bundle 2 Full of Great Games

The Humble bundles and sales are just as good at dragging the money out of our wallets as the Steam sales are, and the latest Humble Bundle looks like a great offer too.

The Humble Square Enix Bundle 2 will give you the popular games Hitman: Absolution, Hitman GO and Supreme Commander 2 for what you want to pay, and that’s already a great deal.

For those who pay more than the average donation, currently $6.77, will also get a copy of Thie, Murdered: Soul Suspect and Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut – with the possibility of more games being added later.

The third tier is a $15 donation as it mostly is. This tier will give you all the above games as well as Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs.

This could be a cheap way to get some really great adventure games to tie over the last cold winter days before spring finally arrives.

Thanks to Humble Bundle for providing us with this information

Square Enix Humble Bundle Announced

The latest Humble Bundle just went on sale, offering a great selection of Square Enix titles including the Deus Ex franchise, Hitman series and other significant titles. As always, paying more than the average or even higher will get you a wider and more valuable collection to your games library.

From the beginning, you will receive the Thief Gold, Daikatana, Mini Ninjas, Anchronox, Hitman: Codename 47 and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin by pledging only $1 or more, depending on your heart’s desire. These represent a fair bundle for such a low price, but there is more. By pledging more than the current average (which is just $6,72 at the moment), you will get Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex: The Fall, Hitman Absolution, Nosgoth Veteran Pack and Battlestations Midway. There is even a tile left for more games which are bound to be added next Tuesday.

If that is not enough, then pledging $15 or more will unlock the Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, Just Cause 2, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Deus Ex Game of the Year Edition and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. Either way you put it, the bundle is said to be worth $169 if each title is bought separately. However, a mere $15 will still get you Hitman: Absolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Just Cause 2 and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. The additional titles could be considered just a bonus.

Source: Humble Bundle

Deus Ex: The Fall New Mobile App To Be Released

Eidos Montreal will soon be bringing us a new Deus Ex game. Deus Ex: The Fall. If you have played other Deus Ex games you will recognize the game right away and be familiar with the play style. Designed specially for mobile device gamers. Check out the short video below.

We first saw Deus Ex, the first game of the series in mid-2000, 13 years later we have seen 3 games in total released. Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Invisible War, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. All three games were good in my opinion, and I would love to see another. Unfortunately, Deus Ex: The Fall was not what I had in mind.

Set in 2027, you get to play as Ben Saxon, an Ex-British SAS mercenary who has been augmented. Saxon was betrayed by the Tyrants his private military employers. Now his life and all augmented humans lives are at risk. Saxon is now desperately searching information and the truth behind the drug conspiracy searching the world from mafia hideouts in Moscow to the slums of Panama.

Based on Jim Swallow’s book “Icarus Effect”, this new adventure will bring us new characters, and a new storyline. Will Ben Saxon find a way to remove the drug dependency of augmented humans, or stop the powerful corporations who have control over drug supplies and the government!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1b8k469DbY[/youtube]

Deus Ex: The Fall, will be coming soon to iPad 2, iPhone 4S and iPod Touch 5, Android users will need to wait a little longer. I think this new game is priced fairly for any game for the mobile market at $6.99.

The full story of Deus Ex: The Fall can be found at HERE

Image courtesy of: www.deusex.com