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Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Deux Ex Mods? Yes!
11:48 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Stomped has been the source of another great link, this time to an article on GameSpy which highlights the development of three 'mods' for the sci-fi RPG/shooter Deus Ex. The recent release of a Deus Ex SDK (software development kit) has opened the door to third-party mod development, and the first few fruits of this labor are now ripening on the vine.

While the original game is a solo-only venture, the multiplayer code built into the Unreal Tournament engine upon which the game is based was left intact. Thus, two of the three mods they mention will have multiplayer capability, something many Deus Ex fans are no doubt eagerly awaiting.

GameSpy details three mods: Deus Fortress, Quarantine and Modus Morendi. While all three are in the very early stages of development, they are quite ambitious, and quite different from each other. Here's an excerpt describing the mod Quarantine:

Next up is a single-player conversion called Quarantine, based on the game of the same name. Mod founder Ghost describes this project as having "huge city maps, with which you can either drive around in a taxi or walk. Some of the city buildings will be enterable, maybe all in the future, [and] new weapons [will be available] (for the taxi and hand-held)." Quarantine will also utilize one of the elements from Deus Ex; namely drugs. As a player, you will have different drug addictions that will require you to buy them wherever you can, otherwise your performance will be degraded.
Ah yes, nothing like a good old-fashioned taxi duel in the streets of New York. In any case, we expect these mods will be cross-platform, as are the vast majority of maps and mods for Unreal/Unreal Tournament-based games. Read the rest of the article for more information, and a few comments from Deus Ex creator Warren Spector. If all goes well, Deus Ex may inspire a large and thriving 'mod' community such as the one surrounding Unreal Tournament today.

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