Snowblind == Deus Ex: Clan Wars

Snowblind was Deus Ex Clan Wars on GameSpot has the revelation that Snowblind, the first-person action game in the works at Crystal Dynamics that was subtly unveiled at this year's E3 (story) actually began its virtual life as the project known as Deus Ex: Clan Wars. Here's word on the project's origins, and why it changed course:
As it turns out, the similarities between Snowblind and Deus Ex are no coincidence. Sources close to the game's development confirmed today that the game began as Deus Ex: Clan Wars, the tactical "Deus Ex 'Action' game" mentioned in an Eidos financial report in April. "It did begin as Clan Wars," they said, "but it began to take a direction of its own."

Snowblind's "direction" falls somewhere between LucasArts' Mercenaries and Io Interactive's Freedom Fighters. Its setting is a massive civil war inside a collapsed Asian communist country (China, in this case), and will feature large levels that provide for free-roaming and fast-paced action. In the game's single-player campaign, players will lead a squad of AI-controlled NPC commandos which they must protect and heal in return for their service in combat. The game will also feature drivable vehicles, including several mech-esque contraptions.
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Jun 17, 2004, 11:49
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"Deus Ex" - That name used to send chills down my spine. Now all I get is indigestion. <sigh>

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Congratulations to the "Deus Ex" brand for narrowly avoiding being raped. I feel especially bad for it after the vicious beating it suffered by DX:IW.

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Jun 17, 2004, 13:08
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So, going from the complex RPG and story of Deus Ex (loved by many gamers around the world), to the cut-down and poorly executed DX:IW (pretty universally panned), to...something with even more action-based gameplay? Hopefully the team's one that knows how to make a good action game, rather than one that'll (albeit indirectly) urinate all over the legacy the original DX left.

...praying daily for a worth successor to System Shock 2...

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Jun 17, 2004, 13:09
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I hear good things about Snowblind, though they may not be from reputable sources.


Freedom Fighters was a nice surprise, so maybe this will turn out fairly well, too.

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... the cut-down and poorly executed DX:IW (pretty universally panned)...

That is a filthy lie. DX:IW was the best shooter of the year, by far.

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Psht, it was a far cry from best.



Sorry, the awful pun was necessary.

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Jun 17, 2004, 14:26
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RIP Deus Ex, we will miss your greatness!


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Jun 17, 2004, 14:44
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Psht, it was a far cry from best.

Am I the only one who couldn't get in to Far Cry? It's a nice tech demo but next time I'd like a little bit of a game to go along with it.


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Pssst, the year's far from finished.

I only played FarCry untill you steal a boat (right before the demo level I think). The story wasn't interesting in the least, the gameplay fell pretty generic.

Fun; yes. Good; yes. Great; better luck next time.

The icon is still on my desktop and I may continue playing it sometime. By the way, did they release a patch that enable quickload/quicksave without console command/buggy workaround?


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I only played FarCry untill you steal a boat (right before the demo level I think). The story wasn't interesting in the least, the gameplay fell pretty generic.

The farthest I ever got was The Boat level, about two thirds of the way through. Unless the story dramatically picks up during the last few levels they may as well not even bothered, it's so thread bare as to be virtually nonexistant.

Far Cry doesn't take place in corridors (at least some of the levels), it's really pretty, and the enemies are a little smarter than usual. Other than that there's not a whole heck of a lot to write home about.


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SHIT.

I guess the only hope for the PC gaming industry now is STALKER. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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What are you refering to? You didn't actually have high hopes for Clan Wars, did you? In any case, VTM: Bloodlines is coming, which is looking an awful lot like a spiritual successor to Deus Ex.

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Hey ... I forgot about Bloodlines...

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Man I'd hate to be the designer behind this game...
Not only does it sound lame... but it's going to be known as the spiritual successor?
What a load...
Cross between Mercenaries and FreeFighters? Neat... but I'm not interested in the asian setting.
I feel the same about that new game, Seven Samurai 20XX.
What a load...

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Bloodlines and Stalker are going to bring gaming back to the PC. I don't care much for Doom 3, though - having played a bit of the beta, it seems rather boring.

If Half Life 2 comes out any time this year, we'll get that as well.

Deus Ex: IW was by far the worst triple-A title FPS this year. Painkiller beats by a mile, and Painkiller isn't too great, either. I hope that whoever called it the best FPS of the year was being sarcastic, because it was the absolute opposite of 'best'.

Is it any surprise that Eidos is taking Deus Ex out back and raping it mercilessly? After the recent firings at Ion Storm, I have no question about their intentions to drive their games completely towards the console market. What's worse is how they're focusing on dumbed-down 'action' games (read: gauntlet-simplicity) instead of smarter ones like Pandora Tomorrow and Beyond Good and Evil like Ubisoft.

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In any case, VTM: Bloodlines is coming, which is looking an awful lot like a spiritual successor to Deus Ex.

Sure it's coming... We just have to wait for the genuises at Valve to finally finish HL2 so they can be the first Source game out.

At least the most recent screenshots are starting to look respectable

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I don't know about that, Kaptin. I don't think Valve can hold them to such an agreement. If that were the case, it may very well spell disaster for every Source (announced and unannounced) game currently in development, especially if Valve decides to postpone the game by another two years.

Shane DeFreest of Activision said that Vampire: bloodlines will be released on time this year no matter what Valve decides to do, so I don't think Valve has any right to be the first Source game out and force everyone else to suspend their titles - it wouldn't be ethical and they'd have to pay those companies a lot of money for the forced extensions.

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Yeah, I'm sure ethics are right at the top of Valve's mission statement. I'm surprised to hear Activision says Bloodlines will be released with or without HL2 on the market... I'd also had the impression that there was an agreement saying no Bloodlines until HL2.

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Truthfully I haven't played Far Cry, but the pun remains try, it was a far cry from best of the year thus far.




And it's true, Bloodlines cannot be released before HL2.

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To think, what Deus Ex: IW could have been, if only it used CryTek -OR- ditched the X-Bocks. Sigh


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