The lights are on
During a GDC panel that mainly focused on Eidos Montreal's struggle to create a distinct visual style for its Deus Ex prequel, art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletete slide a few gameplay details into his presentation.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution takes place in the year 2027 and chronicles the rise of cybernetic augmentation, a technological renaissance Jacques-Belletete dubbed the "transhuman revolution." The game's protagonist, Adam Jensen, has augmented cybernetic arms that likely give him superhuman strength. Jensen's character model is roughly based off Don Quixote, with a slender face and pointy goatee. Nothing was shared about the plot, but Jacques-Belletete did say the team used the myth of Icarus as inspiration. To show off Jensen's bionic pipes, Eidos Montreal plans to implement a third-person camera during takedowns and a third-person cover system like the one used in Rainbow Six Vegas.
After a laborious trial and error process, Jacques-Belletete's team honed in on a unique hybrid art style that marries traditional cyberpunk conventions with those of the medieval renaissance. The result is a stunning wardrobe of haute couture that wouldn't look out of place on a Parisian runway - think The Tudors meets The Matrix. To avoid the uncomfortable uncanny valley affect created by photorealistic character models, the art team followed a more stylized approach that fits perfectly into the foggy atmosphere and neo-baroque buildings of our not-too-distant future. From the limited gameplay and concept art Jacques-Belletete showed during his speech, it's clear Human Revolution won't have that sterilized feel of many sci-fi games. Like a real city, old rundown tenements stand right alongside the sleek, neon-lit buildings of the future, and advertisements are everywhere. Blending the old with the new results in a much more believable environment.
That's all the gameplay info we gleamed from the enlightening panel, but it's enough to re-energize our excitement for this critical reboot. With over 130 staffers working on the project, let's hope they can capture the magic of the brilliant first game while bringing the franchise into the future.Be sure to check out the GDC 2010 hub page for quick access to more news and hands-on impressions from the event.
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Sounds cool, The image reminds me of Vamp from MGS4.
I wanna see more on this. Sounds really interesting.
Can't wait 2 see a trailer or some actual game footage!
Cool story, it's brought this entry to my attention
must see more
Comparing this screen shot to the original Deus Ex gives you an idea how far we have come graphically in ten years...
He looks like a white Jax
I want this already.
I can't wait for this. I played Deus Ex on the original xbox. I wondered where this series went.
This game has so much promise. I'm sure Square-Enix/Eidos will nail it (they're taking their time, y'know?), and we NEED a really good cyberpunk game. There hasn't been really good, really original/compelling science fiction in games since the PC titles of the 90s. With bioshock and irrational staying away from sci fi, and games like Too Human who WISHED they were as smart and fun to play as Deus Ex, we really need this to be good.
I simply can't wait for this. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE BLADE RUNNER-ESQUE CYBERPUNK ART DIRECTION....
I have been looking for a Bladerunner/ Cyberpunk type of game sine the death of Frame City Killer.
Cool beans, looking forward to more Deus Ex!
Nice! I loved this series, especially the first one. It was Fallout and Oblivion with the FPS/RPG elements years before those games came out. The story and a few of the elements lacked a bit in the sequel, but it was still a glorious hybrid.
Looks VERY cool in action!
Now I need to play the first one!
@ Night Eyes
That was my exact thought too!
More Deus Ex is never a bad thing.
Very interesting. And for those that played the first game, how was it?
Dude, I'm pretty sure the word is "gleaned", and not "gleamed". Shame, shame, shame.
I can't wait for this.