The possibility of a new Deus Ex game is the best gaming news I’ve heard in a while. The Unicron of Gaming swallowed up a bunch of IP earlier this month and just announced their intent to produce video games based on the IP. This includes franchises like Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain, and more.
People around the internet rejoiced at the idea of someone finally doing something with these games. But many didn’t want to get their hopes up.
It turns out our positive reaction was heard loud and clear. The Embracer Group stated in their 2021/22 fiscal year report:
“After the end of the quarter, we further strengthened our development capabilities and IP-portfolio by entering into an agreement to acquire Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal, including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief and Legacy of Kain and other IPs. The announcement got an overwhelming and positive response. We see a great potential, not only in sequels, but also in remakes, remasters, spinoffs as well as transmedia projects across the Group.“Embracer Group 2021/22 Fiscal Report
It’s great to see a company respond to their customers like that. You’d think it would be more common for game companies to listen to their customers and make games their customers keep asking for.
What a concept
Over the last 13 years, Square Enix was responsible for two Deus Ex games. And to be fair, the games were received well, but they didn’t hook me the way the original game did. I install and start it up just to listen to the music at the main menu.
So some of us are itching for a new Deus Ex game that blows our faces off the way the original did. And if Embracer Group recognizes the value in what they will soon hold in their figurative hands, my heart feels good about that.
Remakes and/or remasters of Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, and Legacy of Kain have great potential. There are some rough edges in the originals that could use some modern polish. And playing through them with updated graphics would be a treat.
As for spinoffs, if the Unicron of Gaming puts out great games that are spinoffs of any of the above IP, then they’re great games.
How do you feel about The Embracer Group’s statement? Do you think we’ll get good games out of this deal? Let us know in the comments below!