Excellent Deus Ex Interview

pc.ign.com has posted an excellent interview with Harvey Smith and Chris Carollo about DX: Invisible War (Deus Ex 2) which is coming to the PC and Xbox. Harvey and Chris always give fantastic interviews so it's well worth checking out.

IGNPC: How conscious are you guys of the correlation between the content of your game and the current global situation?

Harvey Smith: We have a running joke that's actually kind of creepy at times. Even on the first game, when we'd put something in the game, someone would point out that it had happened in the real world. Wow, that's creepy. It's not like we're forecasting or geniuses or anything. It's just when you take these elements -- conspiracy, control of power, left versus right, scientific advancement and the impact on culture -- and stir them together with an agenda, you're going to hit patterns that repeat.

We were even going to mix in religion with the first game. A lot of people don't know this but J.C. Denton was supposed to be a descendant of Jesus Christ. We were going to pick up the old theory that Jesus had kids and that J.C. Denton had DNA from Jesus. When you mix those elements around you come up with these recurring patterns.

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When this game comes out, can I come over to one of your houses and watch you play? Deus Ex looked so cool, but I was Awful at it (note capital A). So I never saw anything more in the game than the base of the Statue of Liberty (did I mention capital A?). So please, either output your game to a VCR or let me come visit (I'll buy the Bawls) so I can watch someone play it properly.

They predicted all that?  I'm going to go hide in a bomb shelther for fear of two of the three endings coming true.

And I just realized all those times I yelled "Jesus Christ" at the game was rather ironic.

Im glad they didn't do that Jesus Christ descendant thing. GK3 did it so much better, throwing it in the Deus Ex world doesn't seem like it would fit. Of course, it's all in the presentation, I guess. Maybe the second game will prove me wrong.

Maybe there will be, seeing how there is a fanatical religious group in the game called The Order along with the descendants of the Knight's Templar.

As a Christian I have very specific views and beliefs regarding the person of Jesus Christ. I personally find the whole "He never really died, and ended up having kids with Mary Magdelene" stuff to be blasphemous and offensive. I'm a little saddened that they considered that as an aspect to the story, and if they incorporate it into DX: Invisible War, I won't be buying it. That would be a huge shame, too, because Deus Ex is one of my favorite games ever for the PC.

And before anyone here goes ballistic on me, you'll notice that I haven't said that other people aren't entitled to their own views, beliefs, or even a sense of apathy as towards who Jesus Christ was. If you'd ever like to talk about it though, feel free to e-mail me.

Really, really looking forward to this game. Hopefully I'll be able to play it at a decent clip, unlike the first one on my now-retired P2 300 mhz

Why should one go ballistic on you? But as you said this I looked up the interview again:

<i>We were even going to mix in religion with the first game. A lot of people don't know this but J.C. Denton was supposed to be a descendant of Jesus Christ. We were going to pick up the old theory that Jesus had kids and that J.C. Denton had DNA from Jesus. When you mix those elements around you come up with these recurring patterns. </i>

To me that means they planned to do such a reference in the first game, but dropped that idea. I also could not find a reference of what you mentioned that they will put that into part 2? So it seems you do not have to worry about these references at all, because they are not in the game. I guess they did not put those in because they knew a lot of people would feel offended.

"Why should one go ballistic on you?"

Hey, I totally agree. It's just that in my life I've experienced people who were somewhat less than friendly to me when I expressed my religious beliefs or feelings on stuff. Just wanted to make sure no one got the idea that I was trying to preach a sermon to them or something.

And yeah, it does sound like they dropped that idea altogether, so I don't really think they're going to introduce it into DX2. Which makes me happy cause I fricking love the first game. I might even try playing the PS2 version for fun.