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Preview: The world is yours for the taking in Thief


Pillaging in The City
Oct 09
// Alessandro Fillari
In recent times, it seems like the term ‘reboot’ has been treated as an ugly word. The type of phrase that causes fans of a particular franchise to cringe and become fearful knowing their adored series is making s...
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Square Enix

Square Enix gets into crowdfunding with Collective


The publisher's new curated platform with Indiegogo
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
Square Enix getting into crowdfunding isn't that unusual, but the way the company is going about it sure is. It's partnering with Indiegogo for Collective, which is described as a "game pitching-and-publishing platform" that ...
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Eidos

Ian Livingstone to leave Eidos after almost 20 years


Long-serving Eidos board member is leaving to pursue other interests
Sep 30
// Alasdair Duncan
Ian Livingstone, one of the UK games industry's leading figures, is stepping down from from his duties at Eidos Interactive, a company he joined in 1995. GamesIndustry International is reporting Livingstone has stepped down b...
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Eidos Montreal

David Anfossi is the new head of Eidos Montreal studio


Anfossi was the executive producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Aug 01
// Alasdair Duncan
After the surprising resignation of Stephane D'Astous earlier in July, Eidos Montreal have announced that David Anfossi is the new head of the studio. Anfossi was the Executive Producer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the studi...
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Eidos founder quits

Eidos Montreal founder resigns


Irreconcilable differences with Square Enix Europe
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
Citing a lack of leadership following the failure of Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs to meet sales expectations despite all three games being well received, Eidos Montreal founder and general manager Stepha...
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Deus Ex: The Gall

PSA: iOS Deus Ex disables shooting on jailbroken devices


Deus Ex: The Gall
Jul 11
// Steven Hansen
[Update: An impending update for The Fall will allow the game to be played on jailbroken devices. "We did not state clearly that the game would not support jailbroken devices and so we will be switching this off via an updat...

Review: Deus Ex: The Fall

Jul 11 // Chris Carter
Deus Ex: The Fall (Android iPad, iPhone [reviewed on an iPhone 5])Developer: Eidos MontrealPublisher: Square EnixReleased: July 11, 2013 (iOS) / TBA (Android)MSRP: $6.99 The Fall opts to jump in at a fairly odd part of the overall Deus Ex narrative, picking up with the story of soldier Ben Saxon after the novel Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect. The "Icarus Effect" is the psychological practice of limiting the individual potential of humankind to maintain the status quo, and the "Tyrants" -- a PMC of sorts that Saxon formerly belonged to before he was betrayed -- are a delivery system for said effect. To be blunt, the narrative is not nearly as engaging as the story of Adam Jensen in Human Revolution, as the vast majority of the story tends to fall short of your typical "soldier's revenge" tale. But despite the less engaging narrative, Ben's method of revenge and destruction is very similar to Jensen's tactics in Human Revolution, as the core gameplay of the franchise is preserved despite the move to the mobile platform. I'm pleased to say that although they are pared down at times, there are situations that faithfully mirror Human Revolution, such as the ability to choose between a guns blazing, stealth, and hacking approach (or any combination thereof). This freedom is immediately evident, as one particular area towards the beginning of the game gave me the ability to hack through a shortcut to avoid a dangerous trip through a drug den -- but only if I had enhanced my hacking abilities fairly early into the game. This design continues throughout the entire game, offering up a decent chunk of sidequests, hidden areas, and collectibles to keep you interested. Ben can upgrade his abilities via augmentations in all three disciplines, which allows you to customize him the way you want to play. The first and third person mixed perspective returns from Human Revolution, offering up a zoomed out viewpoint when in cover, and an FPS style view during the vast majority of the game. Movement and aiming are controlled by two virtual joysticks on the left and right side respectively, and most of your actions (including firing) are performed with virtual buttons, which can get a bit dicey when you're really in the thick of combat. Now, I don't mind touch controls in the slightest for the vast majority of mobile experiences. Games that are designed for the platform tend to have a variety of tricks of the trade that help curb the lack of tactile feedback, and sometimes, games can actually feel better with touch controls. But here, even with the accommodations with auto-aiming and on-screen buttons, I can safely say a controller would have provided a clear-cut better way to play The Fall. Thankfully, there are some moments of reprieve, such as the ability to re-arrange the entire UI to your liking, and the option to toggle the virtual analog sticks on or off. You can also just tap the screen to move to the desired location, tap cover to snap to it, and tap enemies to auto-target them, so it is manageable if you embrace it -- it's just not ideal. It helps that the visuals look very sharp on an iPhone 5, to the point where it approaches early life cycle PS3/360 quality. The Fall should last you around five hours, which, for a Deus Ex game, is fairly brief. There are a few story choices, to make but these don't really feel poignant as much as vessels for a slightly different narrative. Thankfully, the variety in how you approach actual scenarios is where you're going to get your replay value from, and thanks to a New Game+ option, The Fall offers a chance to try out different missions, augmentations, playstyles, and seek out new areas or collectibles. There are microtransactions present that allow you to buy items with real cash, but I never felt compelled to use them, and many times I tested the game in Airplane Mode just to see if it would break if it couldn't contact the in-game store -- it didn't. Thank goodness for that, because The Fall would be a pretty hard sell with egregious paywalls. Deus Ex: The Fall works far better with touch controls than one would think, and it offers up a lighter, if a little bare-bones Human Revolution experience. In many ways though this experiment feels like a waste, as it would really be stronger as either a PlayStation Vita game or even a downloadable console title. Until a potential port rolls along, I'd only really recommend The Fall for mobile veterans who are already acquainted with first-person games on the go.
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Falls just short of a mobile revolution
After a pretty tantalizing teaser, Square Enix was all set to announce the anticipated follow-up to the successful Deus Ex Human Revolution -- and much to the ire of fans, it ended up being a mobile exclusive. It's not all ba...

Deus Ex: The Fall is a full-fledged experience

Jun 07 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Deus Ex: The Fall (Android, iOS)Developer: N-fusion, Square Enix Mobile EuropePublisher: Square EnixRelease: TBA (Android) / Summer 2013 (iOS) Storywise, The Fall picks up immediately after the events of the Deus Ex: Icarus Effect novel and continues the story of Ben Saxon, which is also taking place shortly after the attack on Sarif Industries during Human Revolution. Ben is part of the Tyrants initially, but doesn't stick with group for too long when he learns that they lied and tricked him into joining. Ben breaks away from them and hides out in Costa Rica to maintain a low cover. He's a cybernetically enhanced soldier though, and soon has to come out of hiding to find some neuropozyne as his body is rejecting the cyber implants. From here, Ben learns that there's a global shortage of the vital drug, and will go about unraveling the conspiracy surrounding all this that threatens the world over. [embed]255403:48955:0[/embed] The story should take you about five hours to complete from start to finish. Of course, this is a Deus Ex game and you'll want to replay thanks to all the options presented. You can play through the game action hero-like, or be a pacifistic throughout the entire thing and not kill a single person ever. Plus there's dialogue choices that opens and closes different paths of the branching story. There's up to 29 different weapons to find, with plenty of upgrades and attachments that can be placed on them. Plus of course you can upgrade Ben's skills, improving his combat, hacking, or stealth abilities. The inventory and store have been combined for mobile, so you can buy weapons, Praxis, and ammo whenever you want. While you will earn in-game credits, you can also spend real cash to accelerate your progress in purchasing weapons and the sort. That said, you never have to spend any cash outside the initial purchase of the game, and performing three playthroughs of the story (that features new game plus mode) will get you everything the game has to offer. As for the controls, given the limitations of touch screens. Movement happens via dual virtual thumbsticks (the virtual sticks can be shown or hidden) or you can use single and/or double tap to move through your environment. Tapping against walls will put you into cover, vaulting over objects replaces jumping, and you can either manually aim or tap to lock-on to targets to fire your weapons. Plus the takedowns -- lethal and non-lethal -- are all streamlined into the experience. Moving Ben around felt great, and the controls were very tight. At the end of the day, would I prefer a controller to play? Yes, of course, for any game. But for once I didn't mind using touch based inputs in an experience like this. The Fall really feels like it's capturing what we've come to expect out of the Deus Ex series. It looks great for being a mobile title (all things considered) and I was quite happy with the controls. The one thing that bugs me though is that you can't pick up a body after you've downed someone. Bodies will disappear after a while (GoldenEye 64 style), but guards and cameras can still see a body until it of course has finally vanished. I should note that this is the first installment of course, and the story will continue. Whether that means this is going to be episodic or a sequel will take place on a different platform remains to be seen though, as the developers were strictly focused on just talking about The Fall. Otherwise, this will be a nice treat for players on the mobile platform. I do hope the 3DS and PlayStation Vita will one day see The Fall as well. It would be great on those platforms, but I do also understand the reason for focusing on the mobile sector for now, as it reaches a humongous new userbase. 
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Built from the ground up to be a true Deus Ex game
Deus Ex: The Fall is a the next entry to the much loved series, heading for iOS this summer, with an Android version coming sometime there after. This may not be what you asked for, but don't write it off either. Mobile games...

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Nintendo IP

Eidos: 'Nintendo should have their IP on every platform'


Around and around we go
Jun 06
// Tony Ponce
At the Bristol Games Hub in South West England, Eidos president Ian Livingstone doled out lessons to both industry newcomers and industry vets. But it was his choice words to Kyoto giant Nintendo that raised eyebrows. "Ninten...
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Deus Ex: The Fall is a mobile title


Coming this summer
Jun 05
// Dale North
The next Deus Ex game is a mobile/tablet title. It was developed by Square Enix Mobile Europe in cooperation with Eidos Montreal, the folks behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution. They're calling Deus Ex: The Fall an action RPG; i...
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Deus Ex

Eidos asks if we're ready for Deus Ex: The Fall


Gee, I wonder!
Jun 03
// Jordan Devore
Assuming that Deus Ex: The Fall is another game installment and not some spinoff project like a graphic novel, as some of you have suggested, then yes, Eidos Montréal, we are ready for it. Thanks for asking. And thanks...
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Sneakity sneak sneak

First Thief trailer: Redesign, new voice and an explosion


I also really like him grabbing the game logo at the end!
Apr 04
// Steven Hansen
Meet the new Thief, not the same as the old Thief. As you can see from this first trailer, the series has undergone some expected changes for its first entry in near a decade. Its sardonic lead, Garrett has a whole new look ...
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Human Revolution

New Deus Ex: HR Director's Cut content won't leave Wii U


That's the current plan, anyway
Apr 03
// Jordan Devore
Speaking to Penny Arcade Report, game designer Emile Pedneault stressed that the goal for the Wii U-exclusive Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut was for it to not be considered a port. "We really wanted to tak...
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Focusing in Thief

Hocus Focus: One of Thief's newest systems is optional


And yet...still present. At least presently.
Mar 27
// Steven Hansen
A lot of scrutiny has been directed toward the newly announced, next generation Thief game. In fact, enough people in the official Thief forum have been concerned about a detective mode-esque "Focus" ability that Eidos Montre...

PAX: Deus Ex on Wii U might be the best version

Mar 23 // Alasdair Duncan
When it comes to those contentious boss fights, they've not been drastically altered in story terms, at least; you'll still need to kill each boss battle to progress. What has changed are the levels and the fact that you can now approach a boss either with stealth or hacking instead of a simple gun fight as before. I watched Square Enix designer Emil talk me through a hacking approach against the first boss, Lawrence Barrett. After evading his initial bursts, Emil guided Adam Jensen to a first floor in the area which is totally new to the encounter. Thanks to some handy vents, Emil was able to guide Jensen to a security room where he was able to unlock new rooms. From there he headed back to the ground floor, again evading Barrett who was stalking the lower level. In this lower level Emil demonstrated the newer hacking interface where the actual hacking game is located on the Wii U GamePad screen, allowing your TV to still remain "in game" so you can see approaching threats. This was really handy as Barrett eventually stomped around the corner and saw Jensen hacking another terminal to activate some security turrets. After that it was simply a matter of grabbing a turret and using it as a shield to finally dispatch the first boss. The WiiU GamePad is useful in this version of Human Revolution; a new smart vision augmentation lets you use the GamePad as an enhanced AR vision mode giving you more info on enemies, their health and armor as well as any items they might be carrying. The GamePad also clears up a lot of clutter on the main screen: for example, looting enemies becomes a really simple process instead of navigating menus. The hacking game is really fluid and intuitive and there's also a new swipe feature that let's player flick away enemy grenades with a simple swipe on the GamePad screen. Also included in the Director's Cut is 8 hours of commentary from developer Eidos Montreal and a built-in smart strategy guide which will locate the appropriate chapter depending on your position in-game. There's Miiverse implementation too, with a screenshot and note capture device that leaves AR tags in the game world for your friends to find. It all adds up to a compelling package that Wii U users should check out, if they haven't already played Deus Ex: Human Revolution on another platform.
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Human Revolution really takes advantage of the GamePad
It seems the one thing we've really heard the most fuss about Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut is the boss battles. Whilst they were a bone of contention in the original versions of the game, this newer version on the...

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Tyrannosaurus Tex

Lost footage of Game Boy FPS Tyrannosaurus Tex is found


YEEEEHAWWW!
Mar 15
// Chris Carter
In 2001, Tyrannosaurus Tex, a first-person shooter for the Game Boy Color was all set to change the world as one of the only portable FPS games on the market -- the only problem is, it was never released, as publisher Eidos ...
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Office Chat

Dead Space needs a break, SimCity launch woes and Thief!


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Mar 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
In another casual discussion from Dtoid's virtual news room, I'm joined by Jordan Devore and Spencer Hayes to discuss the deflated rumor of a Dead Space development hiatus (one we kind of wish were true). Plus, SimCity's rocky launch demonstrates once again that you can't count on anybody to successfully launch an online-only game and the gang discusses the recently announced Thief reboot.
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Deus Ex

Listing for 'modified' Deus Ex: Human Revolution spotted


Did anyone ask for this?
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
An Australian Classification Board listing for a "modified" version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution was spotted recently, possibly pointing to either a new edition with downloadable content packed in or, as suggested by CVG, a W...
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Deus Ex

'Deus Ex: Human Defiance' is just the upcoming movie


Oh ... I see
Mar 01
// Jordan Devore
When word got out about Square Enix trademarking Deus Ex: Human Defiance, some of us got a bit carried away. The name, in our defense, did seem like a rather fitting title for a potential follow-up to 2011's Human Revolution....
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Deus Ex: Human Defiance

Deus Ex: Human Defiance trademarked by Square Enix


A sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution?
Feb 27
// Joshua Derocher
It looks like we'll be getting a sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Square Enix has taken out a trademark on Deus Ex: Human Defiance, and since the first game was rather successful, this isn't a huge surprise. Maybe th...
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In other news, Gamefly just soiled itself
Eidos co-founder Ian Livingston doesn't see a digital-only system this generation, but he suggests the next Xbox will require an always-on internet connection and will feature marked discs that prevent sharing games across sy...

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Live-action Deus Ex: Human Revolution fan film teased


Short film with surprisingly good costumes
Dec 22
// Jordan Devore
Despite not normally being one for live-action YouTube videos based on games, this was pretty rad. It's a teaser for a Deus Ex: Human Revolution short film that already seems more promising than what Hollywood has in the wor...
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Carmageddon now on GOG.com


I got your Splatter Bonus right here!
Sep 27
// Jim Sterling
GOG's been hyping some big news lately, and today flipped the switch -- announcing the arrival of gory racer Carmageddon for its service. The game will cost $9.99 and is available for DRM-free purchase right now. Carmageddon ...
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Hitman: Absolution adding depth to its 'sexy nuns'


Aug 16
// Jim Sterling
The controversy that surrounded Hitman: Absolution and its violent "sexy nuns" trailer has caused the team to add more content to the game, revealed director Tore Blystad. The Saints -- the PVC-flavored assassins that Ag...
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Jimquisition: The positive side to punching nuns


Jun 09
// Jim Sterling
This episode went up last Monday but didn't get posted here due to me being in L.A. at the time it went live. The reason for the subject is a little dated now, especially with IO Interactive issuing an apology and kickstarti...
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Punch half-naked nuns in the face in Hitman: Absolution


May 30
// Jim Sterling
A new trailer for Hitman: Absolution has appeared, and everybody's talking about it. Some folk are hyped, some have felt their excitement plummet, and others are a little disturbed by a video that puts women in sexy rubber n...
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Tomb Raider delayed until Q1 2013


May 14
// Maurice Tan
Crystal Dynamics' next Tomb Raider title has been moved from its crowded Fall 2012 slot to "the first quarter of 2013," studio head Darrell Gallagher announced. The official reason behind the delay is the usual rationale of p...
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Hitman: Absolution has a pretty fun pre-order bonus game


May 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
Hitman: Absolution won't be releasing until November but Square/Enix has partnered with GameStop to offer pre-order customers an early taste of what they can expect with a bonus game, Hitman: Sniper Challenge.  It is pr...
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Hitman's Agent 47 has a new handler, Benjamin Travis


Apr 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
A new video promoting Hitman: Absolution released today which introduces the new character of Benjamin Travis, who becomes Agent 47's handler in the International Contract Agency, the secret espionage group always at th...
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Eidos: new IP isn't crucial as games get sophisticated


Apr 10
// Jim Sterling
Eidos Montreal general manager Stéphane D’Astous feels under no pressure to create new videogame ideas anymore, claiming games are getting so sophisticated that you can rely on new technology to make old ide...






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