Warren Spector Chat Log Posted
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
A chat was held recently at RedHerring with the leading man behind the hit game Deus Ex, Warren Spector. The transcripts from the Q&A are now posted at Deus Ex Incarnate for your reading pleasure, as he gives some great answers to a variety of questions. Topics in the chat include the sequel to Deus Ex due out in two years, changes he would've made to the original, and working with publishers. Here's a slightly more readable clip from the chat:
Who do you see as the audience for your future games? Hardcore gamers, as seemed to be the case with Deus Ex, or are you going to try to appeal to a newer crowd? Much more is discussed, so be sure to head over and give it a read. While the engine for Deus Ex II hasn't yet been announced, Mac users will hopefully get to enjoy it as much as they did the original. When responding to a console-question, Spector does note "I think you'll see us moving to a multiple platform strategy." And usually when developers make games with more than just Windows in mind, the porting process to the Mac is easier. It's still very early in the game's progress, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as anything new becomes available.
Warren Spector Chat Log
Well here's the sad true confession... Deux Ex was an attempt to reach a broader audience : ) I think the trick is to provide games that are easy to get into... but reward persistent play
In other words... You don't want a steep learning curve so casual gamers can start having fun right away... but you want games systems that reward the hard-core gamer who really puts in the time and figures out how to exploit them .
Diablo I think did that as well as any game ever. You can go through Diablo without worrying too much about your inventory... without worrying about what potions you're carrying around...you can go through Diablo with just click click click like mad. so the casual gamers are happy... but geeks like me can sit there and Mim-max to our hearts content. that's the win
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