Deus Ex: The Fall Could Have Had A Female Lead, But Production Issues Interfered

By Ishaan . June 24, 2013 . 4:30pm



Deus Ex: The Fall nearly had a female protagonist, according to director Jean-Francois Dugas. The game stars Bex Saxon, a former mercenary, who is on the run. However, Ben is accompanied by another character named Anna Kelso, and she was considered for the leading role.


In an E3 Q&A video shared by Square Enix (watch it above), Dugas reveals that, while Anna was considered early on to be the game’s protagonist, the development team was running on a “very tight schedule,” and intended to make use of existing animations and art assets, all of which were based on a male physical form.


“It was a decision that made from a production standpoint more than a creative standpoint,” Dugas admits.


Dugas and writer James Wright also reveal Deus Ex: The Fall is the start of a Deus Ex story for mobiles and tablets, and that there will be more stories in the future. That said, Eidos are remaining mum on the specifics for now.


You can learn more about Deus Ex: The Fall through our hands-on impressions and interview with Dugas.

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  • Pockystix

    well, it must have really interfered with FFXV

    I kid, I kid

  • reggaebush

    Translation: “We wanted to spend as little money as possible on this tablet game”

    Seriously, they reuse all of Jensen’s animations from DXHR. What a joke.

  • subsamuel01

    Not going to buy this, I don’t want to support Deus Ex on a tablet. I really hoep this tanks so they focus on the Console version.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Save the female lead for the next “actual” Deus Ex game.

    • Exactly. I couldn’t care less for this mobile garbage.

  • Which only confirms that The Fall is purely designed as a cash-in on iOS, rather than a real sequel.

    While the story is a sequel to the Icarus Effect novel by James Swallow, and thus hopefully good, the game itself is made with an entirely profit-focused mindset I despise.
    If Square isn’t even willing to invest in new animations for a female main character, I don’t have high hopes for this spinoff.

  • Altin

    Well, Deus Ex: The Fall could be also a good game, if it wasn’t coming to tablets.

  • FetusZero

    I’m jealous.. they have Astro headsets from the Neon series :/

    That being said, I do hope there’s a “real” Deus Ex planned in the near future for actual gaming platforms.

  • AndyLC

    Female cyborgs make the best cyberpunk leads

    • M’iau M’iaut

      One pic makes your point and please don’t reply to yourself with more. Thanks.

      • Guest

        We need a next gen Battle Angel Alita too.

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