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Spector tried to buy Deus Ex rights

Spector tried to buy Deus Ex rights

Warren Spector originally tried to buy the rights to work on a Deus Ex successor before moving to Disney.

Warren Spector has revealed that before his studio, Junction Point, was bought out by Disney and put to work on Epic Mickey he was actually working on a successor to Deus Ex.

Deus Ex, often considered one of the best PC games ever made, is a FPS/RPG hybrid about uncovering an international conspiracy in a near-future, cyber-punk setting. It was followed by a second game, Invisible War, but due to a shortage of original team members (including Spector) the game failed to live up to expectations. Eidos is currently developing a third game in the series.

Astonishingly though, Spector has revealed that before his studio began work on Epic Mickey he did actually try to buy the rights to the Deus Ex series with the idea of making a successor of his own.

Speaking to Variety, Spector says he ultimately failed to get hold of the rights to the game, but began work on a similarly themed title anyway. The project was ultimately abandoned in favour of Epic Mickey, but Spector says that it was basically "Deus Ex 3 with the serial numbers filed off".

At the same time, Spector says Junction Point was working on an epic fantasy game that he's been planning for almost 15 years - but that it was too put to one side in favour of Epic Mickey.

Spector comments that it may not be the end of either project though, as Disney bought the rights to the concepts when it bought out Junction Point Studios - so either may be bought back from the dead at some point in the future.

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mrb_no1 3rd November 2009, 11:46 Quote
love that poster, everytime you mention it, someone will reinstall it. lol
Combinho 3rd November 2009, 12:09 Quote
*Installs* or would if I had it with me... Damn uni.

Or is it on Steam...
sear 3rd November 2009, 12:36 Quote
Ugh, tragedy strikes yet again.
MaverickWill 3rd November 2009, 12:43 Quote
You're not gonna stop until everyone on the planet owns a copy of this bloody game, are you, Joe?
smc8788 3rd November 2009, 12:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrb_no1
love that poster, everytime you mention it, someone will reinstall it. lol

...or buy it...as I have just done. God dammit Joe.

Well, at least I'll finally be able to play it now (and maybe be old enough to appreciate it).
Dannythemusicman 3rd November 2009, 13:06 Quote
Played through the whole game at least 5 times, and it's a big game.

Easily up there with SS2.
[PUNK] crompers 3rd November 2009, 13:19 Quote
i find it quite sad that all these years later we're still lamenting the loss of deus ex. its kinda depressing there hasnt been a game since thats tapped into the psyche quite like DE
Blademrk 3rd November 2009, 13:25 Quote
guttting news, a spector DE3 would have been great.
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At the same time, Spector says Junction Point was working on an epic fantasy game that he's been planning for almost 15 years - but that it was too put to one side in favour of Epic Mickey.
should that be
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At the same time, Spector says Junction Point was working on an epic fantasy game that he's been planning for almost 15 years - but that it too was put to one side in favour of Epic Mickey.
Tyrmot 3rd November 2009, 14:36 Quote
What a shame Spector didn't get a chance to make DE3, it leads one to wonder that perhaps Eidos intend to milk the franchise for all it's worth themselves, which would hardly be good.

Still, a version 'with the serial numbers filed off' would still be fine - it's the game after all which is important, even if it wasn't 'officially' Deus Ex
CardJoe 3rd November 2009, 15:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by crompers
i find it quite sad that all these years later we're still lamenting the loss of deus ex. its kinda depressing there hasnt been a game since thats tapped into the psyche quite like DE

I've been thinking similar thoughts lately. Feature on the issue planned.
[PUNK] crompers 3rd November 2009, 16:31 Quote
excellent i'll look forward to that, i think you in particular joe have an idea of the "golden age of gaming" (DE, thief, monkey island) would be good to see why (bit-tech think) so much value is placed in these titles and why we haven't seen anything as seminal in years
Star*Dagger 3rd November 2009, 16:39 Quote
Until then we can all play Shattered Horizon by Futuremark, coming out tomorrow and available on the premiere digital download site, Steam. If you like FPS, come join us in space for full 3d DX10 action!
NuTech 3rd November 2009, 18:01 Quote
You know, there is a silver lining to all this.

Even though Epic Mickey doesn't appeal to a lot of us here (and even fewer of us will probably buy it), I'm hoping that it's a big success both critically and financially which will give Warren the investors required to make the game we all want him to make. :D
Vode 3rd November 2009, 19:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combinho
*Installs* or would if I had it with me... Damn uni.

Or is it on Steam...

Yes... Yes it is.
VaLkyR-Assassin 3rd November 2009, 20:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrb_no1
love that poster, everytime you mention it, someone will reinstall it. lol

I've already got it installed for another play through, but I've been holding off until the modders finish the HD packs that have been in development for what feels like forever. I might just have to play through regardless otherwise I'll be collecting my pension by the time they do finish it.
metarinka 3rd November 2009, 22:25 Quote
mentioning that DOES make me want to play deus ex again. I got it free with my purchase of a soundblaster pro 32x gamer back in the day. Good soundcard and a very excellent game, although I remember trying to play it again and the camera bob gave me a headache and the game mechanics felt a bit dated.

I still have high hopes for DX 3, but won't know until a demo and such is out.

Also I don't think the golden age of gaming is necessarily over. Games Like l4d, Halo franchise, WoW, sims franchise. Have been very solid performers and have a ton of replayability. Some stories do have special places in our hearts and an extreme amount of polish but I don't think games are all crap today.

Also have you ever found that nostalgia makes everything in the past seem golden, I remember play NBA Jam for hours as a kid, I went back and tried it and wow the computer cheats from the second you pick up the controller and it cheats hard. What a frustrating game
Constructacon 4th November 2009, 22:34 Quote
I just went to re-install it, but the disk is missing. Nooooooooo! *cries*
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