The Jimquisition: How Square Enix Kept Meddling With Deus Ex

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Sterling’s little birdies are tweeting secrets again, this time bringing the delectable stories behind Deus Ex: Mankind Divided‘s cash-grab elements.

How much warning did Eidos Montreal get about the microtransactions? Exactly why was Breach mode included? And what about the next Deus Ex game?

The Jimquisition has naughty secrets to share.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

I wouldn’t worry about not receiving a review copy of the next shallow angstathon installment, its all glittery surface with absolutely no depth.
Anyhow, though i fear to inflate anyone’s ego up too much, this might actually be the start of an actual game’s journalism i’m seeing here. Plough forth, dear Sterling!!…Headstrong into the tide of unblinking, deceiving greed and shine thy beacon of truth through the veils of corporate conditioned denial! In your wake, the others will see there is always another way, free from constraint. The people will learn. Slowly, and begrudgingly, but they will learn! 😉

Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

This reminds me of another of Jim’s videos where publishers don’t care about making good games that make “some” money because they all want to make crap games that make “all the money”.

Clash of Clans, Candy Crush, Call of Duty. The 3 C’s in the greed triangle that started “AAA” gaming’s slow downfall into this spiral of insanity.

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

This just makes me sad. Seriously. Mankind Divided is a great game. It didn’t need Breach and microtransactions, it probably didn’t need the piecemeal release just to get a trilogy out of a bigger scenario, it didn’t need the pre-order nonsense it was stuck with. Like Human Revolution, it oozes passion for its source material and for how fun dystopias can be from a narrative perspective. It’s a gleeful kid running wild with Alex Jones’ box of paranoid delusions – and I love it for it. It’s got a confident presentation, and ample reasons to boot up the game just… Read more »

Wolfie
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Wolfie

So, I believe I may have expressed it before, I have my own hopes of owning a development studio myself as an entrepreneur within the future. And as someone interested in that, and as someone with my own ideas for a viable business model, etc, etc… Don’t stop making these videos, don’t stop bringing such issues to light, and don’t stop sharing with the world intimate insider details like this. Not only because these are things that should be known, but I feel listening to people like you gives a great understanding of what to do and not do. Your… Read more »

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

What.
The.
Fuuuuuuuuuuu-?!

gasmaskangel
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gasmaskangel

Its like everytime I think they’ve hit rock bottom they find a way to dig down even deeper.

nicethugbert
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nicethugbert

They pulled a fucking #FuKonami, didn’t they? Ha, they didn’t get me this time. FUCK THEM with a serrated shekel. They’re not getting a penny out of me. None of these scumbags are! I hate skinner boxes.

Samuel
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Samuel

So, I’ve been thinking, SPOILERS: – — — You know that decision you have to make between between doing Mission 11 and Mission 12? It stinks to me of a last minute change to increase replayability. To make it so you need to play the game again in order to get all the missions (and since those preorder/delux edition bonuses are only good for one playthrough, if you want that advantage again you better shell out for the cash shop). The decision at this point can affect the kind of ending you will get, depending on how fast/geared/skilled you are… Read more »

XionEternum
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XionEternum

Okay… Jim… If you do read these, or at least this post (and apologies for chiming in twice); could you ask this developer what their and their team’s overall stance would be on pirating the game out of spite for SquareEnix fucking them over like this? I am not looking for a justification to pirate nor will I use it as an excuse to do so. I am curious on their and their team’s stance on this having been involved in game development as an intern back in the early XB360 days. (EDIT: For any that may think I am… Read more »

Ziio
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Ziio

Jim, please don’t ever stop bitching about fee-to-pay schemes, they are garbage and we can’t allow the industry to think we have become acclimated to them, then have them move onto something worse, like the attempted pre-order crowdfunding that EA tried with Deus Ex. This does matter to many gamers, and is the main reason I won’t purchase Deus Ex Mankind Divided until it goes on sale, I can’t and won’t participate in this bad industry practice or fully support games that do. I will not say all micro-transactions are bad, some free to play games do a very good… Read more »

XionEternum
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XionEternum

“Everything you do in the game… is uploaded to SquareEnix’s servers for analysis…”
*Eyes widen in an angry glare*
WHAT?!
*Takes a deep breath*
Okay… point of reference for the unaware… Google the following phrase:
Confessions of a free to play developer
It’ll be the first toucharcade dot com link. Read that first then come back and read this post.
All done? Good…
FUCK YOU SQUAREENIX!!! FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU!!!

wombat_of_war
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wombat_of_war

While i like the series the amount of pure greedy crap going on, and even more added with this video means I’ll probably not pick up the next one no matter how good it is.

MKohanek
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MKohanek

I have been completely against all this micro transaction crap from day one as well, so it is nice to see some actual evidence that including it takes away from the actual game, just like myself and many others have always suspected. I really want to support Ubisoft Montreal, but not Square Enix. Is there some way to do that? My initial inclination is to buy a game like this used so publishers don’t get any money from me, but that also harms the studio, which isn’t what I want. But even more, I do not want to support these… Read more »

Moon1337
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Moon1337

Glad to hear you’re back issue is hopefully being resolved. Also thank god for Jim and his second episode. This is 2 weeks in a row isn’t it?

Vaughan MacDonald
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Vaughan MacDonald

So Square is secretly analysing the way gamers play Mankind Divided without their knowledge or with any intent to disclose that information? Isn’t that, kinda, sorta, maybe, illegal probably?

bdp
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bdp

guess i was right about breach.

HelixShade
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HelixShade

So while I’ve largely been quiet on this one as Jim has said everything I could have said on the topic, I will say thank fuck this Developer came out and basically said “Yep, we didn’t want this bullshit in our game.”

I will add to that that I called it, and no I haven’t been using their Microtransaction store (and have been playing (and finished) the game as intended).

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering

8:40 in the video. Does the game really send every single action you take in the game to Square? How does that work with offline mode?

Sam Leheny
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Sam Leheny

I want Holly Green back. I want her and Laura on a podcast!

Jamesworkshop
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Jamesworkshop

Never been quite sure what a publisher ‘not caring about games’ is supposed to entail, If I didn’t care about a part of my business, I wouldn’t be micromanaging it constantly, I’d let it run itself and only concern myself with whether money was being made or not in the final analysis.

George
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George

Interesting episode. And again I must say, that this makes me wonder about the overall health of the games industry at least in the AAA space.

R.D.
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R.D.

The microtransactions make a sobering amount of sense if the budget was that ridiculously high. Enix probably noticed the pretty penny games like Halo 5 make from that sort of thing and realized that they probably need more profit than just individual sales pronto. I have no clue if it’ll work, since this is of course a pretty different game from the likes of Halo and Overwatch, but it does make me worry about the future of this franchise.

aimei66
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aimei66

Watching today’s episode doesn’t make me want to thank god for jim (although i would thank him for the extra episode), I would rather thank all the folk that make my games. This video reminds me that the people making them have to deal with the same maronic decisions from above, that I think most of us have had to live through at some point.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

So now the defenders of microtransactions will be split into two distinct camps. Team “I Know You Are But What Am I” will insist that Jim made up the little birdie feeding him information from Montreal. Meanwhile, Team “Lolfagredpill” will pool it’s “resources” into exposing the informant because tarnishing their delusional credibility is grounds for a digital witch-hunt.

Chris
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Chris

I had my eye on your twitter all morning at work. So happy I got to watch it so damn early!

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