The Deus Ex games have always featured a heavy emphasis on storyline and for the newest entry, Eidos Montreal is taking cues from very different franchises.
Eidos Montreal narrative designer and lead writer Mary DeMarle told CVG that some games really give players a great plot and characters, but we've still got "a ways to go." Even so, they believe they've got something special in store with Human Revolution . Said DeMarle:
"I think a lot of games do aspects of story well… In this game there are definitely elements of a lot of different games that do get it, you get moments where you're like, 'wow, that's really, really cool'. One thing that is often mentioned is The Darkness, which has a moment where you're playing a scene with your girlfriend in an apartment. During that you're like 'What am I doing here? I'm watching this TV with my girlfriend, this is so different.'
The atmosphere of The Darkness might tie in with Deus Ex if you really dive into the concepts and styles, but there's another series that has had an impact on DeMarle and Co., and you might've had difficulty guessing it…
"Other references I use are the Sly Cooper games; I love how they convey Sly's personality through animations, voice and character. They all combine to create a character that is so real."
DeMarle also said that one of her favorite games was Resident Evil 4 ; while the story is "very simple," she believes it featured "the exact perfect mix and depth of story that you need for that type of game." So yeah, there are plenty of different influences involved in the creation of the Deus Ex: Human Revolution story, which ought to be a definite highlight.
Related Game(s): Deus Ex: Human Revolution