Usually when some fan group announces they’re overhauling a game, the response from the game’s publisher is a simple cease and desist letter. At best, they allow it. Even more rare – they actually help you promote it.
This is the case with Deus Ex: Revision, a fan-developed project meant to update the original 2000 game Deus Ex, which spawned Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Let’s pretend Invisible War didn’t happen).
In addition to a massive texture overhaul, this pack features a whole slew of mods that fix glitches and balance the game.
The team ended up approaching Square Enix, who owns the rights to the franchise right now, and they not only approved of the work, they actually put out a press release to promote it:
Today Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal continue to celebrate the 15thanniversary of the release of the original Deus Ex® by authorizing a fan-created mod for the first Deus Ex game originally released in 2000. Called ‘Revision’, the mod by Caustic Creative overhauls the environments and soundtrack of the original Deus Ex and is available to download for free today on Steam.
As Kotaku notes, Square Enix usually isn’t too keen on projects like this. The reality is, though, that as a free project, this does nothing but help sell copies of a game they don’t have to spend a dime on. The game’s on sale as part of Steam’s stealth sale, too, for less than two dollars.
Fan projects like this bring new life to old games and, inevitably, money into developers pockets, so it’s good to see Square Enix backing it, similar to Valve’s treatment of Black Mesa, the Half-Life update. For the full story, check out the source link below.