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Wii U Version Of Deus Ex Will Be The "Ultimate Edition Of The Game"

Posted by Damien McFerran

Augments include better visuals, all the DLC and unique GamePad features

Deus Ex: Human Revolution's executive game director Jean-Francois Dugas and game designer Emile Pedneault have been speaking to our good friends at Eurogamer about the forthcoming Wii U port of the title, and have been quick to point out that Nintendo fans will be getting the "ultimate" version — their reward for patiently waiting two years to actually play it.

Co-developed alongside Australian studio Straight Right, Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut on Wii U boasts a list of improvements so long, you'll probably need to have a rest after you've finished reading it.

Here's a short summary:

  • Boss battles have been overhauled to make them less annoying. Certain bosses can be killed without firing a single bullet.
  • Graphics have been improved, with anti-aliasing making the cut — this was missing from both the PS3 and 360 versions. Shadows are also better on the Wii U.
  • Enemy AI enhancements included in The Missing Link DLC have been retrofitted to the entire game for the Wii U, which will mean that AI is more consistent and convincing throughout the duration of the adventure.
  • Swipe controls are mapped to the GamePad screen, allowing you to quickly perform in-game moves — such as throwing back a grenade — with the flick of a finger.
  • All existing DLC is included, but has been intelligently slotted into the main narrative.
  • An eight-hour director's commentary is included, which can be listened to as you play the game.

That's a pretty impressive list of features, but possibly the most exciting enhancement is the Neural Hub, which utilises the Wii U GamePad. Interestingly, by bringing the game to Nintendo's system, the developers have been able to revisit one of their original ideas — as Dugas explains:

One of the first CGI trailers we did in 2010 showed Jensen's vision turning into Smart Vision, and you saw an enemy with all this information. Now it gets closer to that feel, that wasn't present in [the original] Human Revolution.

We used the GamePad to improve the immersion of the game. We found that this touch-screen, the GamePad and everything, is closer to the vision of Deus Ex, where you are someone who is augmented and you have systems implemented in you that give you the edge in combat in all situations.

All the systems are now linked to the Neural Hub. All your maps, your inventory, your augmentation menu, your mission log, are now systems in Adam Jensen.

You have the impression when playing that the Wii U GamePad is part of Adam Jensen and one of his useful augmentations. It doesn't break the pace.

As we discussed yesterday, recycled ports of old games tend to leave a bad taste in the mouth, so what justification did Square Enix have for producing this conversion?

Dugas again:

It's a new console. It has a lot of new interesting features in terms of the controller.

But also in terms of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, we had been talking for a long time about creating this ultimate edition where there would be new content and we would have a chance to revisit some of the aspects of the game. We thought with the release of the Wii U it was a great opportunity to do that, to take advantage of this new console but also create the ultimate package for the game.

We really did quite a lot to make this package very unique, and give the old fans who already enjoyed Human Revolution a new purpose to enjoy it again.

Are you one of those fans? Will you be picking it up again to experience the fresh content, new styles of play and the mercifully re-jigged boss battles? Or will you wait for the (almost inevitable) re-release on the PS3 and 360? Drop a comment to tell us what your thoughts are on Deus Ex now you've had time to digest all of this new intel.


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Ernest_The_Crab said:

It does seem tempting. It'll be interesting to see what they've done for the bosses. I tried going the stealth route before and the bosses just felt so out of place.



rjejr said:

This is a 2 year old game? The 8 screenshots look like a shiny port of Half-Life or an N64 game. Not that it looks like an N64 game, but an Xbox360 port of an N64 game. It just looks very very flat and clean and crisp.

Still need a price. I'm guessing they'll ask for $60 w/ all the updates but it will quickly drop to $20.



DePapier said:

OK. I didn't finish reading (I will), but that's it: I'm buying. They did to the game what I hoped and didn't expect.



Smitherenez said:

That is how you port a not so old game I will surely look into it if my wallet is not empty



Captain_Toad said:

@rjejr Acording to Ign it's $49.99.

Kudos to Square Enix for not making a straight up port of a game. Upped graphix, enemy ai and bosses and touch screen interface should be enough to get a purchase.



BetweenTheTrees said:

I played it, but never beat it. just didn't hold my interest, it was a good game though I just had so many other games that needed playing. I will be getting this.



AceSpadeS said:

This is a wonderful game from what I've played on the PC. It's got great gameplay and a solid story, enjoy it!

Also, since Missing Link/Bosses have been updated, this means a true no killing playthrough SHOULD be possible... I wish I could do that.



seronja said:

i have the original version of this game for ps3, but i will sell it and buy the wii-u version as i can see that the experiance is better on the wii u



GiftedGimp said:

Big problem with the ps3/xbox and unless patched the pc version was you would go the steathy path, level up your stealth skills to be totally screwed over by bosses where you realy needed to taken the combat route in terms of skill leveling.
Also Like the fact the DLC has been intergrated into the main narrative which means the game/dlc should simply flow, rather than feel like being bolted on, and the graphic upgrade should make a stunning looking game look even better.

However, I would of liked to of seen at least some of the content that they cut from the original release and never released as dlc, but as I say having a new balance to bosses should make the game play quite differently as having to biuld up combat skills should be more or less a null point.



SpaceKappa said:

I'm probably going to pick it up, for a couple of reasons: One, the game looks great and I never got around to picking it up when it was first released, and two, I want games to sell on Wii U so these publishers keep putting more games out. I know that second one is a dumb reason to buy a game, but with all the DOOM AND GLOOM being reported I feel like I gotta do my part.



Shiryu said:

Yep, I 'll take it. But I can't but ask why Squaresoft would say "Yes! Good idea!" to this on the Wii U but "No, no way!" to "Tomb Raider"...



AlexSora89 said:

I would rather get an "ultimate edition" of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, but I digress.

(Before you ask "why are you commenting here, then?", I was referring to Deus Ex being the "mysterious Square game" that was coming to Wii U. So much for another S-E franchise! But I guess Deus Ex fans are gonna be all the more happy for this, so good for 'em.)

[EDIT: Also, what @Shiryu said.]



moo99 said:

adjective ˈəl-tə-mət
b : last in a progression or series : final <their ultimate destination was Paris>



AlexSora89 said:

@Beta: I know, right? Sadly, the fact that just about everything about in the Kingdom Hearts series except the main games (Birth By Sleep notwithstanding) is on Nintendo consoles means either:

a) The Kingdom Hearts franchise is tied to Sony with a contract that explicitly prevents numbered games (I and II) from appearing on other consoles, kind of like some sort of "partial exclusivity"...

b) Square Enix is just trolling its fandom.



adrenochrome said:

the screenshots seems to be the 2 years old version since there's no antialiasing on them
according to the current news the gfx of the wiiu version should be better



DePapier said:

@SpaceKappa I was just about to point out your second reason and contrarily to what you believe I don't think it's dumb, because as Wii U owners I think we should support the very few who, right now, support our platform if we want more to come towards it. That's why I'm buying Need For Speed and, after reading this article and the interview on Eurogamer, that's why I'm buying this director's cut.

When I heard this game was about to be ported to the Wii U, I made my research, discovering a game which, even though it had a fascinating story, had inherent gameplay flaws and graphics that would put shame on the Wii U were it be ported as is two years later. But here it isn't the case. Here it is the developers themselves, teaming up with a team that has knowledge on porting to the Wii U, that are bring their game to Nintendo's new console in a completely revamped edition. Hopefully, now the game will be at the level of its cinematic trailer and of its epic scoring.



DrMonk said:

Sounds like an impressive array of improvements. I wasn't so interested in the title on 360/PS3 but these gameplay enhancements could pull me in.



SpaceKappa said:

@DePapier That's a good point. I definitely want to reward the teams actually putting the effort in. The fact that this will even be the best looking version is a bonus, too.



WiiLovePeace said:

Hmmmmm, I may yet pick this up then. It doesn't look as dark as I was expecting & if I can complete the game via stealth & hacking without firing a weapon that sounds like a fun challenge.

Edit: Oh & the top image with Jensen playing Deus Ex on the Wii U is hilarious!



Dreamcaster-X said:

Awww man I was gonna get this eventually but this just turned into an anticipated game for me. Glad to see the visuals are getting a bump & fun use of the gamepad!



FlaccidBear said:

You guys want 3rd party support on the WiiU? Now is the chance. Buy this game and Need for speed most wanted ($30 on origin right now) and show the devs/publishers that there is a huge demand for these games. We could make a difference and actually get a huge library of awesome games/ports/future games/exclusives before the other consoles even launch. We can do this guys, and just remember. The WiiU is equivelent to the SNES, a predecessor to the N64, the most well recieved console ever. If we back Nintendo, we could see the next best console to ever come out after the WIiU



Wiidsguy said:

This is the best news I have heard. This is the game I want the most. Day one.



McDaniel-77 said:

It's a port, so it has to be cheap as hell - 19,95 bucks would be the way to go. They would sell at least triple as much as with an 49,95 price point.
I'm not going to support mediocre ports or paying full price for old games.



siavm said:

I was only going to play this if it came to playstation + and it do not (thanks crappy plus in the US), but after reading this I will get it once it is below $20. I am not paying full price for a game that is cheaper everywhere. Even with the extras this is not worth full price. And after it is $20 probably three months later they will say wii u owners don't support our games so no more support. They should have just ported tomb raider. I would have got that in a heart beat on the wii u. But since that is probably not coming I will just get it on the 360 later this year.



JayRydah said:

Hmm never played this game before and I want to support as many developers to bring their games to the wii u.i dont really by games but im probably getting this along with need for speed.



Melkaticox said:

@McDaniel-77 It's pretty damn obvious this is not a "mediocre port"...

If I had a genie, I would wish all Wii U third party games sold like 3 million copies each or something...I really hope this game sells well...



Nintend0ro said:

Looks good enough. I loved in game music. Glad to know graphics are improved too. Now... about that price?...



DePapier said:

You guys should read the EuroGamer article. This isn't just a port. They basically remade this game as it was meant to be experienced. A full price is completely legit.



satsun said:

Played through the game on PC, definitely a good game. It'll be nice to have The Missing Link directly integrated; I think that adds another 6-8 hours.



daniel0 said:

i love this game but never got the dlc, i'll get it and love it even more.. no achievements though



SpaceApe said:

Will Deus Ex get people to go buy a Wii U ? Highly unlikely since most have played it on their other console or the pc already. I want to see Skyrim on the Wii U!



RedRocBoy said:

Always wanted to buy this game but for some reason never got sorta like Dishonored and Far Cry 3. Guys we need to support this game, it looks like they actually put time into this game. I'm definitely picking this up when it drops. Nintendo 4 Life Baby!!!!!!



banacheck said:

You guys want 3rd party support on the WiiU? Now is the chance. Buy this game and Need for speed most wanted.

Sorry i already own both games, 3rd party support should already be on the Wii U without having to buy another version of the game. This is down to Nintendo to sort out not there customers, i'm actually surprised they haven't already tryed to sort something out.



BennyFresh said:

The only boss I really had an issue with was the final one, which was garbage, but that's good that they're changing them, I know they didn't work out for a lot of people.
Honestly the biggest selling point (other than the controller features) is the fact that the DLC will be worked into the story. If you bought DLC for the original you would get a silenced sniper rifle right at the beginning of the game, which is essentially breaks a big portion of the game.
I played it on my super powered PC, so the graphics will actually be worse this time for me, but I love the game so much I might buy it anyway. Apparently I might be able to try it at PAX East, we'll see after that.



Mattiator said:

Goddammit, this makes... the third time I'll be picking up this game? Grabbed the Augmented Edition for the 360, the PC version along with the first two Deus Ex titles for cheap, and later the Missing Link DLC. Square Enix, please stop. My wallet can't take it.



ccanfield1 said:

I haven't played this game yet, so I'll go ahead and pick it up. Price tag will dictate whether I pick it up right away or wait for a price drop. I wouldn't pay more than $30 for a 2 year old game. Even with these additions.



Vehemont said:

I heard this was a great game when it was released. Also on the note of this being the "Ultimate Edition", I would hope it would be, with the Wii U being a more powerful system and such. Oh and ccanfield1 I can almost bet it will be at least $49.99 when it releases.



Epicnessofme99 said:

I bought the original and loved it so I'd definitely be willing to buy this since it's an improvement.



Gamer83 said:

Nice to see the development team not phoning this one in, probably won't do great sales but those who do pick it up are in for a great time.



WaxxyOne said:

Hopefully they will make this downloadable. If they do, I'll probably pick it up. I didn't have a chance to play the game yet, and the additional features sound nice.



supersix said:

Preordered yesterday at Amazon when I heard about this. Got an email today saying the shipment date had been moved up to between April 4-12. Can't wait!



Dpishere said:

If I do pick this up, this is definitely the version I will be getting. Never did play it on the 360 and this looks like perfect way to try it.



Ichiban said:

One of my fav games this gen, ive finished both lthe.ps3 and 360 versions and ill be all over this wii u edition



Jeremyx7 said:

This is exciting news for me and all those who know how great this game really is! I will definitely be purchasing this deluxe edition when I get a Wii U. Looking extremely forward to replaying one of the best games made in the past decade!! A Deluxe version at that with actual additions/improvements!!



joshuacool341 said:

@rjejr If this would have the graphics of GoldSource/N64 it would be a game released at 1997.That's real stupid and at all.This port has MORE than things from a simple port if you look at all the deep info that it's not here so it's the ultimate ver. of Deus Ex indeed,this it's just an stupid comment



joshuacool341 said:

@FlaccidBear Awesome idea! going to buy Need for Speed : Most Wanted ASAP because your idea it's the most awesome thing my eyes just proccessed!.Just great Flaccid,will tell all my guys this idea (in spanish)

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