Panic! After a small tease yesterday, Square Enix has unveiled Deus Ex: The Fall, an… iPad/iPhone game? Yeah. Turns out fans were none too pleased about the announcement and took to every possible vessel (including YouTube comments!) to vent their frustration. But people should chill. As a long-time Deus Ex fan, it’s time to buckle down and explain to peeps why this is going to be a worthy addition to the franchise.
1. It’s Deus Ex
First off, this is no lame-ass extension of a poor franchise, this is a Deus Ex game, through and through. Featuring connections to all of the previous games, this looks to tie into the franchise with confidence, acting as a sequel to the paperback Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, itself a well-received prequel to 2011’s Human Revolution. For a series that only received exposure in the form of Invisible War between 2000 and 2011, this looks like a remarkable step up. We need more Deus Ex.
2. It’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution
So after that long gap where we didn’t see any Deus Ex games, Eidos Montreal gave us Human Revolution, a massive prequel of a game that probably mimicked its forebears a bit too much, but was incredibly charming and well-built all its own. Eidos produced an incredible universe, a complex story that suited the game’s dense gameplay and reinvigorated and changed what we know about the Ion Storm classic. The Fall is more of that and I’m glad.
3. It’s Portable
I’m not quite sure how this will affect mission structure, but couldn’t we all use a little Deus Ex on the go? Can we have a Deus Ex experience where we’re not tethered to a desktop or a couch? I mean, on a couch facing a TV? I welcome the ability to take my conspiracy infiltrator game anywhere, although maybe the first-person perspective is a bit of a hard sell on a tablet when a Monaco-style game would’ve fit much better. It’s coming to iOS, which is kind of a shame for Android fans, but I’ve crept over that wall recently and it’s just fine.
4. It’s Out Soon And Won’t Cost $59.99
The advantage of #3 weighs in pretty heavily: this is a game that was produced relatively quickly (we can assume) and won’t cost an arm and a leg to get. In fact, it may offer the best dollar-to-play hour ratio for a Deus Ex game yet. Plus, we’ll be able to render verdicts soon. Soon!
It’s understandable why people are mad. If I didn’t own an iPad, I’d be pretty mad, too. This game may end up complete trash, I don’t know, but I’m going to give it a shot before I cry bloody murder.