Spector tried to buy Deus Ex rights

Written by Joe Martin

November 3, 2009 // 11:21 a.m.

Tags: #deus-ex #disney #eidos #ion-storm #junction-point #spector #warren-spector

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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