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Thursday, May 23, 2002
E3: Deus Ex 2 Info, Official Site Opens
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Gaming site GameSpy has recently posted a preview of Deus Ex 2: Invisible War, the sequel to Ion Storm's highly popular FPS adventure title Deus Ex. Though the preview is short, it contains some choice tidbits of information gleaned from the current E3 show, including the background story, game technology, and gameplay features.

Leaving JC Denton from the first game behind, players will now play as Alex Denton, brother of JC and Paul. Alex starts off, not as a warrior, but as a lab rat working for a faction trying to recreate the bio-modification technology that spawned the previous Dentons some 20 years ago.

Warren Spector of Ion Storm notes that DX2 focuses quite heavily on technology and graphics. The lighting effects in particular sound particularly impressive, as demonstrated by project lead Harvey Smith:

"Shadows are generated dynamically," Smith said. "Shadows are changing constantly, making it harder to use stealth and go undetected." To emphasize the point, there was a guard moving through a dark room with a flashlight attached to his pistol. As he moved, light reflect off various surfaces, from glossy leather chairs to canisters on the ground.
Further proof of this power comes from an example involving halogen lamps, which could be knocked over to change the lighting in a dark room.

Smith adds that the AI is also receiving a significant boost, and will be able to react to almost any environmental changes that occur. It will also be capable of dynamic speech patterns, making for more interesting and open-ended converstaions.

The rest of the interview covers topics such as the new augmentation system, AI one-liners, and the reasoning behind fewer missions than the original DX.

In related news, interested gamers can also check out the official Deus Ex 2: Invisible War site, which has screenshots, concept artwork, and a little slice of backstory that should sound quite familiar to fans of the original.

Deus Ex 2 - Official Site
GameSpy - Deus Ex 2 Preview
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