Warren Spector is one of the West's most recognizable and influential game designers. While his achievements are many, a fair portion of that fame comes from being the creator of Deus Ex.
That's what makes his incite into the newly announced Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pretty fascinating. Which is exactly what we got in a recent Reddit spree. Firstly, he seemed impressed with the quality of Eidos Montreal's efforts to reboot the series. He said:
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
Although, the recent trailer for that game's sequel has given him moment for pause.
I thought the Mankind Divided trailer was pretty violence-o-rific, which bugged me a little. I mean, Deus Ex was never about killing stuff. It was about picking your own play style, which might involve killing stuff.
Spector has actually been pretty vocal about ultra-violence over the last few years, so these comments shouldn't be that surprising. I think they're worth some form of merit too. I just can't get behind them.
In the end, I hope the developers of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided make the game they want to make. Although, I think an over reliance on violent content for the sake of it could hurt the impact of the game's fascinating themes. Let's hope they handle it well.
Thanks to Gamespot for the heads up!