Deus Ex: Human Revolution
What is Deus Ex: Insurrection?
Written Friday, March 23, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Eidos Montreal struggled to create the next instalment of the Deus Ex series, re-purposing and abandoning a number of projects before creating Deus Ex: Human Revolution. One of those projects, called Insurrection, remains a secret to this day.

That's according to Frank Lapikas, the Lead Designer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Speaking at GDC this year, Lapikas discussed the origins of 2011's hit RPG, while revealing a few interesting teasers about the projects that never made it.

Following the release of the first Deus Ex sequel, Invisible War, Eidos Montreal looked in a completely different direction. Rather than attempt to create another title based on Deus Ex's trademark gameplay, the studio began development on a multiplayer shooter called Deus Ex: Clan Wars. But that game never came to be. Instead, it evolved into Project: Snowblind, released in 2005 on PC, PS2 and the original Xbox.

Though some say that the name was changed thanks to the relatively poor performance of Deus Ex: Invisible War, even Lapikas doesn't know why the game suffered the fate it did.

"There was a planned [Deus Ex] sequel called... actually at the time it wasn't called Project: Snowblind, but they decided to rename the project during production. I don't know why." said Lapikas, before gesturing to the crowd and saying, "If anyone here worked on Project: Snowblind, I would love to talk to you and find out what went on. I just know that it started as a sequel to Deus: Ex and then they renamed it and shipped it."

Following Project: Snowblind, there was another attempt to continue the Deus Ex series. Lapikas discussed it briefly, mentioning the concept while a projector slide displayed the name: Deus Ex: Insurrection. Even now, however, the game is shrouded in mystery.

"And there was another sequel," he said, "that nobody here knows about. It never went past the design document stage. It's a pity though, because it had some pretty good ideas in there. "

With Project: Snowblind published as a non-Deus Ex title and Insurrection dumped, it was only when the idea of a prequel came along that the next instalment of the series began to take shape. But why a prequel? Lapikas explained.

"A lot of people felt Invisible War was set too far into the future," he said. "They wanted a game that was closer to today. Also, the 2030's really excited us. When we looked at the timeline for Deus Ex, the 2030's were when mechanical augmentations were introduced and there was a lot of turmoil.

"Also, we felt that you would be easier to get into the franchise if you had not played either of the other games. With a prequel you could always go and play the others later."

So a happy ending, then. But the question remains; what was Deus Ex: Insurrection and why did it never see the light of day? We'd love to see those design documents.


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Comment #1 by Masta Mylez
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 07:36:52 PM
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution is one of my favorite games, hope there is a new one to play down the line soon.

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Comment #2 by Wicelow
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 07:40:45 PM
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Human Revolution is in my top 5 games of 2011, can't wait for a sequel.

The prequel thing really was a great idea, with the augmentations being "new" seeing people liking them or not is a tremendous subject to build a story upon.

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Comment #3 by ReaLiStiiC
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 07:42:23 PM
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Just recently picked up Dues Ex for 29.99 today.
Going to finish off some games that I have too finish and I'll see how it goes. Hopefully its fun for me, and if it is I might have to pick up a sequel down the road if it's ever made.

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Comment #4 by Earthbound_X
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 07:51:06 PM
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The second Deus Ex was Invisible War, not Human War.

Typo I guess.

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Comment #5 by Earthbound_X
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 07:52:42 PM
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Wow @3 ReaLiStiiC

You paid 30 bucks for Human Revolution

Gamefly has it for about 12 bucks right now.
Did you download it off XBL? You got ripped off.

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Comment #6 by DoverJoshua
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 07:53:37 PM
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I really do hope that they completely remake the original Deus Ex for the modern generation. Not a HD reskinned rerelease, but a full fledged remake. Do it in the Human Revolution engine.

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Comment #7 by Earthbound_X
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 07:57:07 PM
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Hmm, nevermind, guess they solid out. Actually, it looks Gamefly was selling Deus Ex : Human Revolution for about 10 dollars.

That's the price I got from them. awesome deal.

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Comment #8 by Earthbound_X
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 07:58:13 PM
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I really wish we could edit or delete comments...

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Comment #9 by The Chuck Chuck
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 08:26:42 PM
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I wish we could think before posting...

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Comment #10 by Earthbound_X
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 08:41:56 PM
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Lol thanks, it's really because of the way I type I think. I never learned the normal way, so I have to look at the keyboard when I type.

Well, and the fact I sometimes just skim what I wrote.

I still stand by what I said though, I think every comment should be able to be edited.

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Comment #11 by cheevo360
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 11:32:45 PM
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Look like next series of Deus Ex come out in 2013 before Xbox 720 or whatever call for next Xbox release. I think maybe 2013 for this is because last year Deus Ex: Human Revolution got postive and great reviews and become one of best games ever made in 2011 plus game sellings is great in few weeks after first launched so I expect devs of Deus Ex got great money on next series to bring it near time release that my guess :)

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Comment #12 by Gilganomics
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 01:46:51 AM
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You represent almost half of the posts, none of which address the article beyond a mention of misinformation. Please stop.

I wonder what "good ideas" mean? Did he mean plot-wise or gameplay?

I'm down for anything else Deus Ex, though I'd prefer a full release over DLC. Also, I'd like to see them evolve their endgame. It was the same style in Invisible War (and ME3) and it just feels very deflated and anti-climatic.

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Comment #13 by Earthbound_X
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 02:25:59 AM
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I had already stopped, but since you mentioned me, I have to reply, haha.

Those posts could have all been one post if we could edit, just saying.

Hehe, I was mainly trying to stop people from wasting money on HR, since you can get it pretty cheap now, and I don't want people to have to waste money.

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Comment #14 by PvtBiscuit42
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 04:20:10 AM
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@13 I would hardly call giving more money to the developers of a fantastic game a "waste".

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Comment #15 by Boro Iz Rich
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 04:49:41 AM
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LOL! I actually got my copy from gamefly like 3 weeks ago, so I have to agree with you.

$30 = Rip off

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Comment #16 by CallENWake17
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 04:50:14 AM
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@14: Are you sure, that the money reaches the developer?! o.O

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Comment #17 by CraigChaotic
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 04:52:04 AM
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I'm a big fan of Deus Ex, I love the series! I was so happy when my collectors edition of Human Revolution arrived :)
P.S Does anyone remember Project: Snowblind, what an epic game that was!

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Comment #18 by DecadentBeaver
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 05:10:16 AM
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I picked up Deus Ex:HR at xmas for £10. Best tenner I ever spent. I got so engrossed in that game, and loved the endings for it. My mate said he never liked it and preferred the previous game, so I held off until xmas. Glad I made the purchase, and got the DLC half price and that was a great purchase too. So glad there was no tacked on MP.

All in all, one of my favourite games from 2011!

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Comment #19 by Peter File
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 06:49:23 AM
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@18 ill second that.. got mine for a tenner aswell,,
it is defo one of the best games out there at the moment

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Comment #20 by hibsta1992
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 08:24:00 AM
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When I first played this game I didn't think it was anything special, than I got it for Christmas and I gotta say, one of my favorite games. I don't know what happened but I'm glad something did.

OT I hope they make another in the series

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Comment #21 by ThePumpkinKing
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 12:16:50 PM
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Damn them for creating Adam Jensen. He's one of the most morally complex, charismatic characters out there. And they essentially killed him off with the "best" ending. I'd love to see him return. But that won't happen.

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Comment #22 by Liek50Ninjas
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 12:19:44 PM
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Aww, you got my hopes up that they'd announced a sequel or at least some new DLC already. :/

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Comment #23 by ThePumpkinKing
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 12:20:02 PM
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And this game is hardly a rip-off at $30. It's way less than it's worth.

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Comment #24 by pined5551
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 12:54:47 PM
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I only started playing Human Revolution recently. It's fantastic! :)

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Comment #25 by Kakushu
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 02:16:01 PM
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I've had Human Revolution for a while and only really got round to playing it recently. I have to say it's impressive and very challenging I'd like to see another similar to Human Revolution on it's way :)

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Comment #26 by Earthbound_X
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 05:05:40 PM
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Sorry, but if I can help someone save 20 bucks I'm gonna do it.

I'm not one of those people that thinks that used games are destroying the game industry.

If you do that's fine, but it's not what I believe.

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Comment #27 by ghjsdfgwe
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 09:58:01 PM
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Comment #28 by Shadow Phant0m
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 12:12:32 AM
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Earthbound_X i paid 60 euro's for the game when it came out,
i happily paid it 2 play my fav game worth every cent.
I would not have paid less for it ;)

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Comment #29 by Mc1ovin11
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 08:05:10 AM
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Played the original Deus Ex years ago and pick up Human Rev for £10 around Xmas-time.Loved it-very cool,great mix of stealth,action,puzzles.
My fave SP game of 2011!!
Am excited to see where we go from here!

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Comment #30 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 04:47:44 PM
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@#26 One day you'll wake up. Ignorance is bliss after all, enojy while it lasts=)

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