Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director Explains Game's Symbolic Colors

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director Explains Game's Symbolic Colors

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Eidos Montreal didn't pick the colors in Deus Ex: Human Revolution because it thought they looked pretty, those colors are much more significant than you might think.

You don't have to be super-observant to notice that the Deus Ex: Human Revolution trailers have had plenty of yellow in them. That's not an accident, says the game's director, and it's not just a visual thing either.

Director Jean-Francois Dugas says that that yellow is actually gold, and is part of a dualistic color scheme that represents the game's themes. The first, and most obvious, color - the gold - represents hope and the "promise of better selves." The second color is black, which represents the cyberpunk dystopia and people suffering. He said that the color scheme also fit with the Icarus imagery that previous trailers had used, and getting closer to the sun. David Anfossi, the game's producer, added that the pallete, and the meanings assigned to the colors, neatly illustrated the game's tagline: "It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here."

Using color in this very particular way isn't a new idea - movies have been doing it for years - but it suggests that Eidos Montreal has put some real thought into the storytelling of Human Revolution. This is especially exciting when you combine it with Dugas' comments last month about how important it was to let the player make his or her own way through the game.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution will be released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 early next year.

Source: IGN

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There Escapist. THAT is why it is gold. No stop your bellyaching about how this all looks or how the story doesn't match or whatever. You can punch through walls and break people's necks. Why? Because it's the future!

Calumon: I could sell the light for my own Bakery! :D

Good idea, but how many people do you think are going to mistake this as a brown-fest?

Hm... Needs more blue in that gold.

(Ps, looks good)

But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

All this conflicting symbolism makes my brain hurt

That's nice and all, but it will take more than the symbolism of using yellow to convince the world this is a worthy successor to a game so many regard as the greatest ever made.

Yellow and black? Very original.

Seriously, I'm glad they're putting a little more effort into cohesive and interesting stories and themes, but I just hope the player's going to pick up on that, and not just see a colour palette of black and various shades of yellow. Story or no, that yellow is going to get very old very fast.

I don't give a crap about symbolism, needs moar blue.

Dosnt surprise me, after how Mirros Edge worked white in for clinical feel...I had a feeling there was something behind all the yellow lighting which was showed.

Just a different reason than what I thought

The colors may represent something. But that doesn't change the fact that it doesn't look good.
The original was able to tell a well written story without having to drench the world in gold and black.

buy teh haloz:
Good idea, but how many people do you think are going to mistake this as a brown-fest?

The colorblind?

OK, time to get some points out of my mind:
1. The black and gold thing works, but it needs something else...
2. He looks BADASS.
3. He IS badass. (Come on, tazing some guy's earpiece to make him bust a cap in his own head, then punching through a wall to break faceless nameless soldier #18573's neck?)
4. I WANT THIS

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

Ugh.

God I wish I could easily expand upon that, but all thats coming to mind is "ugh." So I'll just make fun of the pretentious dick.

I guess his retarded haircut represents the oppression in Botswana, his shoulderstraps represent the desire of the common man to make his own future, and the soles of his shoes represent how the future/present exists only because of the efforts of the present/past.

Who care's it look's awsome!

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

All this conflicting symbolism makes my brain hurt

Psst, you're greedy for salvation and heroic action, it works

Very interesting symbolism. Not many games can pull of symbolism well

Dr. wonderful:

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

So that should give us all a pretty clear hint that humanity will surge upwards in this game!

Yay, happy endings!

Dr. wonderful:

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

The fourth circle of hell might disagree with you on the "Greed is a good thing" idea

Whoop-de-friggen-doo. I'll wait until the game comes out to make my final judgments of course, but as of now, I say its nothing but failed hipster pretension.

please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck please don't suck

I would make an argument that Deus Ex is the best game of all time. And part of the holy trinity of Deus Ex, System Shock 2, and STALKER.

The last time they dual developed for console and PC they gave us the abortion that was Invisible War.

I'm looking for something that combines the freedom of the original, the deep customization of SS2 and the immersive atmosphere of STALKER.

Whenever I think of gold and black, I picture bees. Doesn't sit too well with my apiphobia...

It doesn't look bad, but I hope it doesn't become overpowering or even fade from the senses as you play it for a long time. 'course, it's more Deus Ex, ergo me want!

Celtic_Kerr:

Dr. wonderful:

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

The fourth circle of hell might disagree with you on the "Greed is a good thing" idea

And since when did a poet with a level of arrogance to rival that of Stephen King, have the final say in what constitutes a "circle of hell" (whatever that is)?

Riveting tale, ole chaps. But you see...'gold and black' symbolizes two very distinct related facets of everyday life as well - 'piss and shit' :D

I like the look of it to be honest. I like that it's visually distinct. But when artists and developers or anyone advocating something gets into the overanalyzing business eh...the border between self-fascination and pretentiousness gets very hard to discern sometimes. ;)

matrix3509:

Celtic_Kerr:

Dr. wonderful:

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

The fourth circle of hell might disagree with you on the "Greed is a good thing" idea

And since when did a poet with a level of arrogance to rival that of Stephen King, have the final say in what constitutes a "circle of hell" (whatever that is)?

Like Rand was so humble...

Loonerinoes:
Riveting tale, ole chaps. But you see...'gold and black' symbolizes two very distinct related facets of everyday life as well - 'piss and shit' :D

I like the look of it to be honest. I like that it's visually distinct. But when artists and developers or anyone advocating something gets into the overanalyzing business eh...the border between self-fascination and pretentiousness gets very hard to discern sometimes. ;)

Dude, if your shit is black, you need to see a doctor.

That typically means you're shitting congealed blood. Which can mean anything from an intestinal bleed to a tumor.

OT: Also, are they saying everyone in the world chose gold colored lighting because they wanted it to represent "hope and the "promise of better selves,"" and the shadows were also chosen and specifically placed to represent "cyberpunk dystopia and people suffering?"

I think cliffyB should choke to death on an overly muscled cock, but to paraphrase him, video gaming is currently about creating worlds. Symbolism does not, in any way, shape, or form, fit with that. You say it means something, the people in the world say gold light bulbs were on sale.

Celtic_Kerr:

Dr. wonderful:

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

The fourth circle of hell might disagree with you on the "Greed is a good thing" idea

Well tell the fourth circle of hell they can go to HELL!

...

Oh wait.

Still not impressed. I still think this is going to be a train wreck.

imnotparanoid:
Who care's it look's awsome!

how to use apostrophes

matrix3509:

Celtic_Kerr:

Dr. wonderful:

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

The fourth circle of hell might disagree with you on the "Greed is a good thing" idea

And since when did a poet with a level of arrogance to rival that of Stephen King, have the final say in what constitutes a "circle of hell" (whatever that is)?

How was he so arrogant? I would be quite surprised if you were able to get a good feel for Dante's mind fram considering how long ago he lived. If you're gonna call him arrogant, explain it whiel you're at it

Dr. wonderful:

Celtic_Kerr:

Dr. wonderful:

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

The fourth circle of hell might disagree with you on the "Greed is a good thing" idea

Well tell the fourth circle of hell they can go to HELL!

...

Oh wait.

Yeah see? It's not so easy to tell hell off, I was originally going to as well, but you now know how THAT went

matrix3509:

Celtic_Kerr:

Dr. wonderful:

Hubilub:
But Wall Street taught us that gold symbolizes greed!

And greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Can you see now?

The fourth circle of hell might disagree with you on the "Greed is a good thing" idea

And since when did a poet with a level of arrogance to rival that of Stephen King, have the final say in what constitutes a "circle of hell" (whatever that is)?

And Yes, and a circle of hell is basically like a "level" of hell, used to separate the damned based on their sin.

Side note! If you're gonna make judgement calls and say the man was too arrogant to define the circles of hell, don't make ther accusation if you didn't know what the levels were.

The circles of hell are mentioned in the bible briefly (the seven deadly sins), but there are NINE circles to hell as many catholic philosophers and poets have believed. So he's not the only one

I thought that sepia tones are used to make images look softer and more antique. I wasn't aware that any one colour represents hope but green is associated with rebirth. But what do I know.

Can't wait for this game, I loved the first one. Lets just hope the PC version, which most likely will be a console port, is stable.

Yosharian:
Still not impressed. I still think this is going to be a train wreck.

imnotparanoid:
Who care's it look's awsome!

how to use apostrophes

Ok will do!

OT: i dont see why you all say it looks so bad, mabey it's because i never played Deus ex.

Looks like a nice change from the usual cyberpunk aesthic, their holy trinity of metal/neon/grunge puts me right off the genre.

Interesting read to say the least ^~^''. Deus Ex 3 is one game I will be getting for sure! I'm totally stoked to play it >~<! Though for me, this is another example why video games can be quite artsy. Using colors in such an abstract way, is the mark of a work of art.

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