PC Version of New Deus Ex Developed by "Partner" Studio

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PC Version of New Deus Ex Developed by "Partner" Studio

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It turns out that the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is actually being developed by Netherlands-based studio Nixxes in "partnership" with Eidos Montreal.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that all versions of the upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution are being created at Eidos Montreal. That's the name on the box, after all, and everything we've heard about the game thus far has come from that direction. Yet that's not exactly, entirely the case.

Shacknews asked Human Revolution Director Jean-François Dugas in a recent interview if the PC version of the game was developed in-house at Eidos Montreal and received a rather surprising answer. "No," Dugas said. "Well, it was done in-house, but with a partnership."

That partnership is with Nixxes Software BV, a Netherlands-based studio whose past credits include the PC versions of Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Underworld and Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2. The studio apparently has a long relationship with Eidos, going all the way back to the 2000 Dreamcast release of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, but until now the only indication that it was working on Human Revolution has come through LinkedIn profiles of a few Nixxes employees.

Dugas said the PC version is being handled by an external studio because Eidos Montreal simply doesn't have the manpower to handle development on three platforms at once. Still, he insisted that all important decisions are being made in Montreal. "All the design and changes to the design has been done in Montreal and sent to them," he explained. "We review the builds. We review and then give comments about what works and what doesn't. It's the same process. It's the exact same process, except that the programmers aren't in the same office. It's the same game and the same creative team taking care of it."

The PC version of the game will be a little different than the console versions, particularly in the interface, but Dugas said it won't feel like like a port of a console game. "I can tell the PC fans that, actually in the office when I'm playing the game I don't play on Xbox 360 or PS3, I play on the PC," he said. "It's shaping out to be very good. It's on the same level as the other platforms." Eidos will talk about the PC-specific changes "eventually," he added.

It's not necessarily bad news, especially if Eidos Montreal is keeping a close eye on things, but I do find it interesting that just last week, Volition announced that it was bringing the development of future PC releases back in-house because it was tired of putting up with shoddy ports. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is scheduled to come out on August 23 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Well, maybe its for the best, these guys are the ones that make sure that you dont find "Press RB to reload" in the game so... and since their previous works have been ports I guess that its ok.

Wait, so these are the guys to blame for the shit-tastic port of Kane & Lynch 1? *Sigh* Console it is then.

Seriously, these guys need to be shot and dumped in a ditch purely for the horrific travesty that was the K&L 1 port.

Edit: I could have sworn the article said Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. That what I get for reading too fast I guess. My bad guys.

matrix3509:
Wait, so these are the guys to blame for the shit-tastic port of Kane & Lynch 1? *Sigh* Console it is then.

Seriously, these guys need to be shot and dumped in a ditch purely for the horrific travesty that was the K&L 1 port.

They did Kane and Lynch 2, not 1.

Granted Kane and Lynch 2 wasn't that great either. Since if you wanted to play on a LAN, you need to use a 360 controller. And this is not mentioned anywhere.

So yeah, things already aren't exactly looking great.

Sooo...

"Awesome new Deus Ex, which could possibly re-ignite the series, is being P.C.-ported by one of the worst studios ever."

Fan-fucking-tastic. I'll just go kill the last remaining hope I had and call it done.

Well so Pc isn't the lead platform afterall, but tagged on.
nixxes are good at making ports but they aren't montreal and all decisions get made by the console lead devs first.
Nixxen then finds workarounds for the design decisions that aren't only bad for pc but hinder gameplay. (like walking speeds).
they made it seem like i's going to stay true to it's roots, which is why they kept it a sectret i assume, but it's just another one of those console ports. sounded to good to be true anyways.

Also the only way to make a good port out of Kane And lynch 2 would have been to port a different game.
It was ok but i don't think most of the pc versions problems came from porting.

Well, these guy made the port of Soul Reaver 2 for PC and that game played pretty well on an early 2000 ancient machine. Also judging from the demos of Tomb Raider Anniversary and Underworld, those were also good ports and they worked pretty well.

I hope that the PC version gets the attention it deserves and won't end up being a crappy port like Darksiders.

Irridium:

matrix3509:
Wait, so these are the guys to blame for the shit-tastic port of Kane & Lynch 1? *Sigh* Console it is then.

Seriously, these guys need to be shot and dumped in a ditch purely for the horrific travesty that was the K&L 1 port.

They did Kane and Lynch 2, not 1.

Granted Kane and Lynch 2 wasn't that great either. Since if you wanted to play on a LAN, you need to use a 360 controller. And this is not mentioned anywhere.

So yeah, things already aren't exactly looking great.

Gah sorry... when I read it I apparently skipped the 2 in the name. My bad. Haven't played K&L 2 though, can you blame me?

Andy Chalk:
The PC version of the game will be a little different than the console versions, particularly in the interface, but Dugas said it won't feel like like a port of a console game. "I can tell the PC fans that, actually in the office when I'm playing the game I don't play on Xbox 360 or PS3, I play on the PC," he said. "It's shaping out to be very good. It's on the same level as the other platforms." Eidos will talk about the PC-specific changes "eventually," he added

On one hand, this feels reassuring. On the other, I'm nervous, I really want this game to be good and ESPECIALLY want to get the PC version above all else. Perhaps it really will be as good as they say?

To waylay our fears, maybe they should release a demo before release.

...

Hah! Just kidding.

matrix3509:

Irridium:

matrix3509:
Wait, so these are the guys to blame for the shit-tastic port of Kane & Lynch 1? *Sigh* Console it is then.

Seriously, these guys need to be shot and dumped in a ditch purely for the horrific travesty that was the K&L 1 port.

They did Kane and Lynch 2, not 1.

Granted Kane and Lynch 2 wasn't that great either. Since if you wanted to play on a LAN, you need to use a 360 controller. And this is not mentioned anywhere.

So yeah, things already aren't exactly looking great.

Gah sorry... when I read it I apparently skipped the 2 in the name. My bad. Haven't played K&L 2 though, can you blame me?

Not at all. I haven't played the game either. My only run in with it is the situation I described above. I was at a friend's house, he was trying to set up a LAN game of it for him and his brother, and thats when we found out we needed a 360 controller to do it. For the PC version.

I have no faith in the game regardless. I remember Deus Ex:2 far..FAR too well.

Can't say anything for the rest of the games, but I played Tomb Raider Anniversary and Underworld on the PC and have no actual complaint about the PC aspect of it. The gripes I have come directly from the content in the games and not how it plays. Still, the optimization of the TR engine for the PC could have better but I don't know if that's the engine's fault itself or Nixxes' doing.

Hopefully this partner studio is only handling the interface, controls and menu design, not the actual game content.
But wait... aren't most of those games they listed console titles? Why would they be picked to help with the PC version?

I have some issues with the guardian of light game.
My PC can absolutely max out Just Cause 2 with hardware water tesselation, SSAO and 32x AA while maintaining about 70-80 FPS; but Laura Croft: GoL seems to skip, hop and lag strangely.

Nixxes actually has some pretty solid ports to their credit and ME1 should be all the evidence anyone needs that PC ports can be very good (even better then the console versions).

This news is just that news, its neither terrible nor great its just something interesting to note going forward.

josemlopes:
Well, maybe its for the best, these guys are the ones that make sure that you dont find "Press RB to reload" in the game so... and since their previous works have been ports I guess that its ok.

Have you played any of those ports?

Not exactly the best.

Guardian of Light alone is absolutely hell on a mouse and keyboard... and the PC practically invented ARPG's.

great so another studio promises PC gamers get treated well but ends up just tacking the pc version onto the consoles ...

this is Crysis 2 all over again ...

honestly any worth while pc developers that remain are Valve and Dice the other ones have switched to MMO's or went console ...

Ughhhhhhhhhh so much for that, this game is going to be garbage now. Fuck Eidos, why did I ever have faith that they would come through on this?

OF COURSE the PC development isn't being considered the main priority and focus. Of course it's being relegated to some second party craptastic porting house.

So sick of this bullshit.

Invisible War was a fuck-awful port job. If this is even remotely similar I simply wont play it.

Ironic that moves like this only serve to further decrease already decreasing PC sales.

DaxStrife:
Hopefully this partner studio is only handling the interface, controls and menu design, not the actual game content.

Hopefully? Are you nuts? Those are generally the parts that go the MOST WRONG with PC ports. Thorough understanding of intuitive and well-designed interface & controls are key for PC games to be good. If a porting studio botches that, the content wont matter.

Right, 'cuz dedicating your entire team to making sure the game runs on devices with the comparative computational power of a toaster and a coffee maker inexplicably leads to better business. Sometimes I just don't understand the world...
I'm nevertheless glad us glorious PC gamers (we're the master race, bow before us you dirty console peasants, etc and so forth) are at least getting a version that apparently wasn't ported by the dev team over a lunch break.

Void(null):

josemlopes:
Well, maybe its for the best, these guys are the ones that make sure that you dont find "Press RB to reload" in the game so... and since their previous works have been ports I guess that its ok.

Have you played any of those ports?

Not exacrly the best.

Guardian of Light alone is absolutely hell on a mouse and keyboard... and the PC practically invented ARPG's.

I was hoping that those guys were good. Oh well, I do have an Xbox 360.

as long as they remember to put in a button to skip the 10 minute intro i am happy

Andy Chalk:
"I can tell the PC fans that, actually in the office when I'm playing the game I don't play on Xbox 360 or PS3, I play on the PC," he said. "It's shaping out to be very good. It's on the same level as the other platforms." Eidos will talk about the PC-specific changes "eventually," he added.

While I am more of a PC-gamer than console-gamer these days, shouldn't you play it on all three equally? Not pointing any fingers though, just making a light-hearted statement.

Anyways, I hope it's good~

Well, this is a bad news. I have a high-end PC, but this news actually sealed the deal - I'll buy it for my PS3. I'll have to spend bonus cash on it (I dunno about the rest of the world, but in Poland console games are about 50-100 Zloty [about 15-30 $] more expensive than PC games), but this info just reeks of a shitty port, and if there's one thing I hate in the gaming, it's shitty ports...

I consider this a good thing. There is no reason to assume that anything else is different about the game besides the company handling the PC version. They should develop the exact same game in the end, but optimized for the PC. I didn't like Kane and Lynch 2 as a game, but it did run very well and looked pretty goo to boot. So, this pretty much ensures this isn't a port, since it's not being developed by the same exact team. I repeat, there is no reason that anything about the game should be different, besides PC only coding, which is good.

WaaghPowa:
Perhaps it really will be as good as they say?

Yes, hiding the fact that the PC version was outsourced and stating "but it's ROOLY ROOLY GOOD" when you finally admit to it is always a good sign.

What it's a good sign of is probably best left unmentioned, though.

From the looks of it in the gameplay demo at gamespot they added iron sights, effectively killing the stat based gunplay. They also made take downs stylish and time consuming which means no longer can I make a person unconscious when they are in a group. It is no longer a matter of bashing on his head with a club. Its like pressing a context sensitive button when near that guy. But the art style is absolutely delicious.
One thing I can say is that the fans of the first ones will be disappointed but not by much.

What the fuck is this bullshit

Fucking should have known not to trust them...

I'll reserve my judgement until the game ships, but I am a little wary at this point.

But if you think about it, wouldn't that mean Eidos Montreal didn't feel confident enough in its ability to port it properly - that they'd need to privately contract a studio that is dedicated to ports. Doesn't seem too bad...

RhombusHatesYou:

WaaghPowa:
Perhaps it really will be as good as they say?

Yes, hiding the fact that the PC version was outsourced and stating "but it's ROOLY ROOLY GOOD" when you finally admit to it is always a good sign.

What it's a good sign of is probably best left unmentioned, though.

Hey, I've been waiting for this game for over over 6 years and I was TRYING to be optimistic for a change. gawd :P

But yes, the fact that we're just learning about this outsourcing is very unnerving.

Bull-Fucking-Shit...

I was already skeptical about the less than stellar gameplay demonstration but this has just crushed any hope I had for this game on PC...

Erm not sure if this is good news, though on the other hand they are investing in our economy. ;-)

WaaghPowa:
Hey, I've been waiting for this game for over over 6 years and I was TRYING to be optimistic for a change. gawd :P

When 'Eidos' and 'PC' are put together in a sentence optimism is not a natural or logical reaction. In fact, it comes much closer to 'trying to alter reality purely by force of naivety'.

Guhungus:
But if you think about it, wouldn't that mean Eidos Montreal didn't feel confident enough in its ability to port it properly - that they'd need to privately contract a studio that is dedicated to ports. Doesn't seem too bad...

Or you could read it as Eidos Montreal just didn't give a fuck enough about the PC version to be arsed.

Also, is it just me (it's not) or is it really odd that it's always the PC version gets the sharp end of the outsourcing stick despite the fact that programming/coding wise the PC and the 360 are far more similar to each other than either is to the PS3?

RhombusHatesYou:

Guhungus:
But if you think about it, wouldn't that mean Eidos Montreal didn't feel confident enough in its ability to port it properly - that they'd need to privately contract a studio that is dedicated to ports. Doesn't seem too bad...

Or you could read it as Eidos Montreal just didn't give a fuck enough about the PC version to be arsed.

Also, is it just me (it's not) or is it really odd that it's always the PC version gets the sharp end of the outsourcing stick despite the fact that programming/coding wise the PC and the 360 are far more similar to each other than either is to the PS3?

"Dont you know? Those Dirty PC gamers are ALL pirates that want to steal our games! Plus they demand intelligence and depth from a game! Shooting Arab terrorists isnt enough apparently. The Gaul of them! We dont have time to think of that stuff!
Better to focus on the larger console crowd. Port it to PC later if we have spare time. Hell, hire some bottom feeder company to save time! We've got hookers ****!"

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