If it's crap ... We'll tell you
A couple of days ago, I covered in a blog post some cryptic tweets coming from the Eidos Montréal Office about Deus Ex: The Fall. I analyzed the possibility of "The Fall" being either DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, something related to the movie, or an entirely new game. Well, moments after I posted that blog post, Eidos announced that there will be more details on June 5th (today). So I looked on their youtube channel and seen what it was:
(Link for those who have trouble seeing this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1b8k469DbY)
It would be outright lying if I said I was a bit disappointed. To explain, I don't have a tablet device be it a iPad, Windows tablet, etc. and I really have no urgent need to get one. I don't have the money for one and the functions of a tablet I already have with my Android phone and laptop. I have very limited experience with gaming on these things so I can't speak to how games like this are controlled on a tablet. All I can assume that it is difficult to play a game like this because of the lack of buttons you'd have on a standard Xbox 360 or PS3 controller or even the keyboard/mouse of a PC. In the normal game, it is easy for me to sneak on enemies while also keeping my eye down the scope of a rifle or get into cover while throwing grenades and turning on augmentations at the same time; that's only because the controllers make it easy for me to press those buttons at the same time. With a tablet, there is a limited surface of buttons and functions given to you so how this game will control...I'm not sure and it does worry me.
I am also disappointed with this announcement because looking at the gameplay and listening to the story summary from Dugas and Anfossi, it's a game that is going to expand on the universe shown in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It was the same reaction I had when I heard about Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Metal Gear Solid 3 was my first MGS game and I got hooked into the story so when I heard there might be a continuation, I was crushed to hear it'd be on a hand-held device I didn't have and didn't have the money to get. In both cases, what they're offering could've easily been made as DLC or an Expansion pack for the standard platforms rather than restrict it to mobile devices. I hate missing out stories in franchises I love, I would feel like I was missing out on something I'd like to see in a story. So yeah, as a Deus Ex fan, it sucks for me that I'll be missing Ben Saxon's story because I don't have the platform Eidos Montréal programmed this game for.
With that said, I'm not going to be joining the people that are calling bullshit for this announcement. I can understand that console and PC gamers may look down on anything that is exclusive for the mobile platforms and I can understand the frustration Deus Ex fans feel about this being on the iPhone/iPad. But I think these people tend to underestimate how much money the mobile game market generates every year. I can't blame Eidos for going in this direction albeit I wished they didn't choose Deus Ex for this venture. Also, we have no idea ultimately how the game is, it could be the best damned mobile action RPG so far or it could be absolute crap. I'm keeping an open mind about it.
In conclusion, is it disappointing to me that Deus Ex: The Fall is on iPhone/iPad? Yeah. Do I hate Eidos for doing this? No and I'm not agreeing with the angry fans there. What I hope right now is that this game is good and that maybe later down the road Eidos will re-release this game on the consoles/PC so those without a tablet can experience another well crafted Deus Ex title.