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"What games do you constantly go back and play?" That is a question that any gamer will receive or hear more than once. For me, there are very few video game franchises I go back to repeatedly and even then no more than twice. There are some, like Super Mario Brothers 3 on the NES or Goldeneye 007 on the N64, I'll go back due to nostalgia and good gameplay. Others like the Mass Effect trilogy or Bioshock, I'll go back for the captivating story and characters. However, there are two games I go back to for both nostalgia, gameplay, story, characters, music, everything: Deus Ex, made by Ion Storm Austin and Eidos in 2000, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution made by Eidos Montréal and Square Enix in 2011. I've played both games several times and right now as I type here I've been playing the first game again.
To be blunt, I'm a gamer whore for anything Deus Ex related. So, you can imagine my joy when I found this tweet crop up from Eidos Montreal's twitter feed:
One would say that "The Fall" could be for anything be it Deus Ex or other Eidos-Montréal IPs, they do have the new Thief game in development after all. But two things lead me to believe that this is Deus Ex related. First, four hours later, Eidos released another tweet:
With the time gap between the two tweets and the #Deus Ex hashtag, it is difficult to not assume that "The Fall" is a Deus Ex product of some sort and that a unknown character named Ben Saxon is part of this. Developers have done cryptic tweets and blog postings before to get a fanbase talking about the next installment in a franchise. It's frustrating to get these cryptic tweets, but hey, it's something.
Second, I remember back in late February, Eidos filed a trademark application for Deus Ex: Human Defiance. According to the application itself, it states that the goods and services affected are software and marketing venues. So there is an indicator that Eidos Montréal has been gearing up for some sort of announcement or project regarding Deus Ex. Whether "The Fall" is related to Human Defiance or is an offshoot remains to be seen.
Now, before we start speculation, do keep in mind that at the moment, Eidos Montréal is very busy working on the next Thief installment. In this Game Informer Thief coverage trailer, it is stated by the development team that the team behind this game also did Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I highly doubt that they will split their time between Thief and whatever this new thing is; if they are then I have to wonder what their coffee bill is like. That makes me doubt that this is DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The last major DLC, The Missing Link, was released back in October 2011 and ever since then, there has been no news about future DLC. The only project coming close is a port to the Wii U as Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut and even this one is delayed. So why would they want to make new DLC now after all this time? DLC for the Wii U version? Maybe, but I doubt it.
"Hacking minigames on a tablet? I didn't ask for this..."
What about the Deus Ex movie under development by Sinister director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill? It's possible, it's not out of the ordinary for a developer to assist with a movie adaption especially with a property like this. The Fall could be promotional material for the movie via shorts, images, trailers, and other forms. The only issue with this theory is the lack of similar press messages coming from Derrickson, Cargill, or CBS Films. Naturally a marketing campaign or trial balloon would be coordinated by all members involved to create traffic for them and keep the message in sync without deviation. If it is an attempt to get us psyched for something regarding the movie, everyone else is keeping silent on the matter for now.
Of course, there is the possibility of the Fall being a brand new Deus Ex game. Why not? It's almost been two years since Human Revolution was released and the positive critical reception for it is still strong. It is also not out of the ordinary for Eidos to release news of a new game coming soon when they are working on another game. Indeed, Thief was announced in 2009, two years before Deus Ex: Human Revolution came out and the team was kept small and in the concept phase for years so it's possible they might do the same for a new Deus Ex title. Certainly the title, "The Fall", sounds like a sequel of some sort.
Or the Gorillaz game we've been all waiting for
In any case, I and several other Deus Ex fans have something to look forward to while we listen to the same old conversations about why we got lemon-line soda instead of orange or keep bitch slapping Detroit gangbangers. It'd be great if Eidos expanded more on this at E3, but even if they don't, they got me pumped.