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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Developer Hopes The Game Will Boost Wii U Sales

Posted by Andy Green

"It's even sharper than the PC version"

Nintendo fans have been waiting patiently for Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut to arrive on Wii U. It's been a good couple of years since it was released on other platforms, but it looks as though it could be well worth the wait as the developer has crammed in a tonne of new features to create what it has dubbed the "ultimate" version of the game.

In an interview with Penny Arcade, Emile Pedneault, game designer on the Wii U edition has again reiterated the fact it's the best version yet:

This is the best-looking Deus Ex. It's even sharper than the PC version.

Pedneault said he didn't set out to make a simple port, instead he wanted to identify what was wrong with the previous iteration and improve on it.

Our goal right off the bat was not to make a port. We really wanted to take this opportunity working on the game again to just change what was ehh, so-so with the game and bring some new features to the game.

The developer obviously wants Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut will fly off the shelves when it's released and hopes the game can improve Wii U sales in the process:

I'm not here to speculate about the status of it right now, but we just delivered the ultimate experience and we just took advantage of all the Wii U features in every possible way we can. So hopefully, things will pick up in the future, and we'll make some new and old fans pretty happy with this version.

Who knows, maybe we'll be that one game that makes the Wii U sell.

Whether or not Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut will live up to the hype remains to be seen, but it certainly looks like the developer has put in a lot of effort to make the definitive edition of the game.

What are your thoughts on this one? Will you be picking up a copy when it's released? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via penny-arcade.com, gonintendo.com]

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gsnap

#3

gsnap said:

It's nice that they're going through so much trouble, but I hope that isn't what they're really expecting. Because a port that old will most likely not sell systems.

C7_

#4

C7_ said:

I'm excited, I really liked this game and if they add enough content I might end up giving it a buy. A system-seller though? I doubt it, but hey if it's amazing enough.

SuperSNESLiam

#6

SuperSNESLiam said:

I don't think this will be a major system seller. It could intrigue some Deus Ex fans though. They need to release the new Deus Ex game on Wii U too.

seronja

#8

seronja said:

i don't think this would sell wii u's but i think that people who have a wii u will buy this game for sure... i sold my ps3 copy just for this version.

HawkeyeWii

#9

HawkeyeWii said:

@hiptanaka Precisely! Nintendo needs to come out with a truck load of first party titles and fast! That will definitely Boost Wii U sales.

Haxonberik

#10

Haxonberik said:

Nice to see someone being positive and trying to change things by themselves, but this is an old game, and unless the Wii U version is a big leap forward the PC version, I'll buy the much cheaper PC one instead.

Einherjar

#11

Einherjar said:

It sure wont be a system seller per se, but it can be a good showcase of how to make a good looking game / port / whatever on the WiiU which uses all of its features. But to be honest, since devs nowadays dont even need a definite reason to diss the WiiU, i dont think that even something like this cant change everyones negative opinion on the system.

Bulbousaur

#12

Bulbousaur said:

If this has any hope to sell consoles, it cannot be released at full price and it has to have a LOT of exclusive features. You can get a copy of this for less then £5 on other platforms if you look around online, and most people have played it already since it came out more than a year and a half. I doubt this will change anything to be honest.

Captain_Balko

#13

Captain_Balko said:

I've never played the original, but I've heard some good things. However, it's ridiculous to assume that it'll be a "system seller"...

DarkAngel_17

#14

DarkAngel_17 said:

this might not improve console sales much, but a good game is always wellcome on new system. Shame most of new titles aren't coming to Wii U...

SKYW4LK3R

#15

SKYW4LK3R said:

I'm a big fan of Deus Ex since the first and second episode on ps2 /xbox so it's a day one purchase!

Kroisos

#16

Kroisos said:

It won't sell systems but I could see some people getting a system sooner rather than later. I need a Wii U for Zelda and Mario Kart, but I bought when I did instead of waiting so I could wander about Lego City (which is ridiculously fun, by the way).

kkslider5552000

#18

kkslider5552000 said:

Well I don't think so, but maybe it will help? By port standards it's clearly far above average, which is appreciated.

Jeremyx7

#20

Jeremyx7 said:

For all of you who have never touched a Deus Ex game, this is the one to touch. ^_^

I know I'll be touching it...

ReaperX30

#21

ReaperX30 said:

Got this on the 360 and it's the best play experience I had in the last years. The game oozes atmosphere and the music is beautiful. It's a world that sucks you in and you don't want to leave. Played this gem from beginning to end without playing anything else which considering I've got more games than time is quite an acomplishment. I don't have a Wii U but I'm glad that the owners will get to enjoy this gem. I sincerely hope it does well.

Jeremyx7

#22

Jeremyx7 said:

@ReaperX30 Everything you said about this game is so true! I had the exact same experience playing Deus Ex 1 and Human Revolution to the point of not playing anything else until I had to literally beat both games for over a month each! Deus Ex 1 is still slightly better overall imo but Human Revolutions is so close behind that I consider it one of the best games ever made especially for the Wii U! I am seriously getting this the day I get a Wii U(the day I can afford one).

Nareva

#23

Nareva said:

This looks great. It's been a while since I've played anything by Square, but I'll definitely check this out.

SCAR392

#24

SCAR392 said:

I'm not sure... The article states that "Nintendo fans have been patiently waiting" for this game, sooooo... they know the fans better than the fans do? That makes no sense. I'll check it out like any other game, but I'll have to see what the fuss is about(if any) before I decide to check this out. I'vr had the chance to play it, but I didn't gave any money at the time. I'll consider if it's a decent price and it's good IMO.

Jeremyx7

#25

Jeremyx7 said:

@Nareva Actually this is ABSOLUTELY NOT made by Square!! And you should be horrified if Square was involved, their games have been Horrendous the past 5+ years. They were only involved with the CGI cut scenes which are amazing btw and the only thing square today is good at.

Eidos Montreal developed the game itself and did a fantastic job on the entire project beginning to end.

NinjaWaddleDee

#26

NinjaWaddleDee said:

Looking good! May just have to pick this up because I didn't have the chance to play it when it first released.

skjia

#27

skjia said:

I'm actually really looking forward to this, especially because they said they're fixing the bosses which was my only problem with this game in the first place. I'll get it to support third party Devs that actually try to make good games on the Wii U.

Jeremyx7

#28

Jeremyx7 said:

@Scar392 whenever I'm not sure about a potential game I might like/dislike I always check out walkthrough gameplay footage on youtube for about a good half hour sometimes more. If all the little details of the gameplay captures my attention than I'll know it's for me.

If you're a fan of First person perspective, wide open levels with multiple pathways/choices, RPGs, and realism than Deus Ex is a perfect video game choice for you.

Xilef

#29

Xilef said:

I picked up the original Deus Ex on the PS2 and it's really fun. Will probably pick this one up.

DePapier

#30

DePapier said:

That's the type of attitude I want from developers on the Wii U. I don't care if the original is two years old, its update is as brand new as Nintendo's new console. Now we have Criterion, Eidos Montréal... Hopefully the list of studios will grow bigger even before Nintendo's first-party games come to the rescue, at what time they'll feel compelled to work their butt off.

Obviously, just like Most Wanted U, I'm buying the game day one.

rjejr

#32

rjejr said:

I don't see how a 2 year old port - even an enhanced one - of the last game in a series of games, with none of the earlier games being released on any Nintendo console before - is going to sell even 1 Wii U.

Anybody buying a Wii U for this?

DrSlump

#33

DrSlump said:

How will this compensate the fact that i've already finished the game, two times?
What will happen when a so called "Ron Gilbert" will come to us and will say: hey, watch out, i've done the best looking version of monkey island.. on wii u.. and it costs seventy bucks only!

Jeremyx7

#34

Jeremyx7 said:

@rjejr After reading all about the fine tuning/improvements/extra content features/improved gameplay mechanics I will be more than willing to buy a Wii U solely for this game alone even if it's the only game I play for the next half year. It's that amazing. Even if it was 10 years old I would buy a Wii U just for it. THAT GOOD.

For me even though I completed the game on the ps3 last year there are so many different ways to play through the game. Replay value is extremely high. Also I have never played the DLC levels which will be included with the deluxe version for Wii U so yeah...It's almost like a remake/Deus Ex Human Revolutions 1.5.

McGruber

#35

McGruber said:

I feel sorry for them already :/ I might pick up the game, though. Nintendo has done a pi$$ poor job at selling the system to core gamers, and the only thing that will do that are NEW games for that crowd i.e. Zelda, Metroid

Cygnus

#36

Cygnus said:

So what I got out of this is that there are no plans to make this DLC or a patch for the PC version?

RedRocBoy

#37

RedRocBoy said:

Guys we really need to support this game. To show other develops that they can make more awesome games on the console. Ubisoft can't do it alone.

Reely

#38

Reely said:

Hell yeah im gonna buy it!! and everybody who owns a Wii u should also support this games just for the fact that they didnt port it and actually took the time and efforts to bring a better version of it for the Wii U, just to show the other companies that we dont want ports we want you to give us your best in games.

Gamer83

#39

Gamer83 said:

Fantastic game, highly recommend it to any Nintendo-only gamer, however, this will not push console sales. An exclusive sequel might have.

DerpSandwich

#40

DerpSandwich said:

It's going to fail just like every other port because of the simple matter of the price. If I can get it for fifteen bucks on another system (and I've seen it on sale for five or ten on Steam), why would I pay full price for it here? Heck, I even thought this game looked awesome, and I would love to support the Wii U, but there's no way it's going to happen.

WesCash

#41

WesCash said:

I don't think this is going to sell a single Wii U, unfortunately. I've heard it's a great game though. If I wanted it, I'd get it on Steam for $5 during a sale (as @DerpSandwich pointed out).

DarkKirby

#42

DarkKirby said:

Sharper than the PC version? If I can play it with a mouse and keyboard in front of my computer then I'm in! Sorry, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an incredible game but I played it already, that and I prefer first person game on PC in general. And despite how great it is, I have no real desire to play it again. I hope anyone who hasn't played it picks it up though, as Deus Ex: Human Revolution is truly and experience. Tip: Play stealth, fighting your way through areas is overly easy and breaks the game.

Melkaticox

#43

Melkaticox said:

Oh god. They ACTUALLY ARE hoping this game boosts the system's sales.

You know what that means, folks. Since this game will probably fail, Square Enix will see the Wii U as a waste of time and never publish another game for it...
That's pretty clever, actually. Instead of being all like "Do not want" they're like "Hey, we will put some effort into this game! We hope it sells really good, OR ELSE..."

luminalace

#44

luminalace said:

I can't see it selling consoles unless there is some massive advertising behind it. While the original games sold well, this is still a port of a 2 year old game. Having said that I will probably pick it up.

ThumperUK

#45

ThumperUK said:

After the misleading (to say the least) comments by Gearbox re: Aliens, I'm now really wary of any developer/publisher claiming just how brilliant their game will be. I really hope it is as good as the developer says.....if so count me in to buy a copy.

Urbanhispanic

#46

Urbanhispanic said:

I would considering picking this game up as I currently do not own a 360 or a PS4 AND I haven't played any game in this series. It won't be a system seller but it does have the potential to attract new fans to the series.

mch

#47

mch said:

I knew and played the old one (or were there two..?) ..anyway I never got to play Deus Ex: Human Revolution and I am going to take this chance. Hope it's true what they say and it is really an advanced and final version. I'm looking forward to it!

SKTTR

#48

SKTTR said:

Wow, this comes unexpected. Deus Ex was the best Xbox game I ever played (next to Thief: Deadly Shadows which was in the same spirit). Good to see a mature game of such unchallenged quality, atmosphere, vividness and freedom level coming to Wii U. I think Nintendo should publish it so it gets the exposure it deserves.. and needs.

LDXD

#50

LDXD said:

I definitely don't think that this is a system seller but i hope it does sell well on the wii u, I somehow missed out on this game so I will be picking this up day one

GiftedGimp

#51

GiftedGimp said:

Yeh its a older game, but this could be another NFSMW.
aswell as using the gamepad screen its got All DLC, properly intergrated not 'added-on', they've reworked the bosses so stealth is viable and from all accounts even though looking stunning on ps3/360/PC, this looks even better on WiiU.
In theory this could be classed as a alternative version rather than a 'port' in traditional sense.

Tbh I completed this on Ps3, but only once and was feeling that I wouldn't bother with the WiiU version but the more I hear about it, the more I want the WiiU version.

ItS also worth remembering theres a big deus ex following, but many of its fans were severly dissapointed that full start to finish steath was not viable on the other versions. It could help sell a few more WiiU units much like MH3 has with its dedicated fans.

Phatosaurus

#52

Phatosaurus said:

@hiptanaka Honestly, Deus Ex being announced for the WiiU swayed me over the most to buy the system. I don't expect many (if any) other fans of the series to do the same but it may sway others to see the WiiU as a potential purchase in conjunction with other quality games.

Nintendo4Lyfe

#53

Nintendo4Lyfe said:

I have one word for Square/Enix and Eidos Montreal when it comes to Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut for the U-- DEAL!!!!! I'm buying it when it's released!

BennyFresh

#54

BennyFresh said:

No way this is "sharper than the PC version". I played it through twice on PC and I played the Wii U game at PAX East and the Wii U version definitely adds a lot, but I wouldn't call it "sharper" at all.
That said, this game is rad and if you don't have a fantastic PC then get it for your Wii U as soon as you can, you won't be disappointed.

MadJay1664

#55

MadJay1664 said:

I'm getting this! Never had a chance to play any Deus Ex games before. I think if it's good enough and they advertise on tv, then it might sell a few consoles.

hcfwesker

#57

hcfwesker said:

I'm not a huge racing game player, but bought NFS:MW-U to support 3rd party developers in bringing more games to WiiU. And surprisingly I love the game and it's pretty addictive once you get a handle on it. I've never cared for the Deus Ex series and never played any installments. But hearing so many responses praising the game, here, I'm convinced that this is a game worth purchasing, thus, to continue supporting 3rd party developers in the process ... though not convinced it's going to be a 'system seller' as projected.

NINTENBOY

#58

NINTENBOY said:

I never was interested in Deus Ex when it 1st was out but to see them put alot of work in to it and that they have so much love for Nintendo.......which all developers should give especially the western ones. It's funny because it seems like the western devs give the LEAST support for the company that pretty much is responsible for the jobs they have today. (ungratful pieces of poop)

Anyway I'm gonna really consider this later this year now and about it being a CONSOLE SELLER usually I would laugh at the thought of it but it might be. I didn't think a 3 year old Wii remake (Monster Hunter Tri) would be a console seller but sells tripled the second that game dropped. Sooooo we'll see

MadAdam81

#60

MadAdam81 said:

Until the new top Mario, Zelda & Kart titles come out, Wii U will get sales based on a group of games, not one single title. DE:HR when combined with LCU, NFS:MWU, NSMBU, ZU and others will help people make that purchase. A few ultimate ports, a few quick but decent ports of big franchises and a few exclusives make a good combination.

SilentHunter382

#61

SilentHunter382 said:

Even though I already have it on the 360 I am very tempted to pick up this version since Deus Ex: HE is a great game and have fixed a major issus I had with the older versions.

LeasTwanteD

#62

LeasTwanteD said:

If you care about the Wii U you bring a new game to the platform and make great use of the system's unique features.
Anyway, still loooking forward to this game with cautious optimism.

Araknie

#63

Araknie said:

Well well, it's square-enix tentative to learn how to use the Wii U. It's really strange to see them back at Nintendo's Home Console.

AJWolfTill

#65

AJWolfTill said:

Guys the quote was "Who knows, maybe we'll be that one game that makes the Wii U sell."
Sound like a very balanced thing to say, he really doesn't sound like he thinks this will be huge but more so that we wanted to craft the perfect version of something he was hugely invested in.
Sure if this bombs he will probably be pretty disheartened but if the reception is anywhere near what he has promised I'll be buying this.

misswliu81

#66

misswliu81 said:

not sure about system seller, but if it sells really, really well, then it'll be a success on their part.

banacheck

#67

banacheck said:

Wii U-only-players i highly recommend Deus Ex Human Revolution, an excellent game to have in the Wii U's library no matter how old it is.

GiftedGimp

#69

GiftedGimp said:

@BennyFresh Glad you got to play the demo at PAX.. but that was just as I said a Early demo.. Texturing/Lighting etc would not of been final rendering.
The demo would of been built/tested a couple of months before PAX, a demo released now would be closer to the final release.

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