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OtherSide hopes you’re smarter than Underworld Ascendant in first trailer

Underworld Ascendant is the first in a series of titles where Looking Glass studios alumni are moving to reclaim their former mantle. Under the OtherSide Entertainment banner, they're working on a proper System Shock sequel, but the game we'll see out of the gate next is the Ultima Underworld sequel we deserve. The Dungeons & Dragons flair is mixed into an immersive sim setup that…

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Feature: Electronic optimism

Has gaming ever offered a bright, happy future?

A few weeks back Warren "Deus Ex" Spector tweeted an interesting question. Has anyone ever made a game about a bright, happy future? I need somewhere to escape to. Plus I'm just tired of dystopic power fantasies. — Warren Spector (@Warren_Spector) February 12, 2017 And I've been struggling to think of a good answer.

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Warren Spector Working On System Shock 3

In the kind of Getting The Band Back Together news that makes me hyperventilate ever so slightly, the news just broke that Warren Spector has joined Otherside Games, the studio working on System Shock 3 and Ultima Underworld spiritual successor Underworld Ascendant.

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Electronic Old Men: Warren Spector & Pals Play Deus Ex

We shared our memories of Deus Ex on the seminal FPS-RPG's 15th birthday in June, but who are we? Your best Internet pals, sure, but nobodies in the field of Deus Ex compared to director Warren Spector, its writer Sheldon Pacotti, and its lead programmer and assistant director Chris Norden. Nobodies. We're baby birds in our gamenest with open beaks cheeping for them to nourish…

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Spector On VR: “If Someone’s Sneaking Up Behind Me With A Baseball Bat, I Want To Know About It”

Yeah, I should probably have gone with the "VR is a fad" quote that everyone else is using, because it's the ooh, contentious bit and it would fit into one line in our headline box, but c'mon, this one's much more fun. But yes, Warren Spector, he of various Deus Exes and Thiefses, has (unknowingly) sided with John in the great virtual reality opinion wars…

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Warren Spector’s Scrapped Half-Life 2 Episode

Today in News You Should Probably Be Glad You Never Heard About At The Time Because You're Already Disappointed Enough And This Would've Been Frustrating And Yeah I Guess You Would've Written A Lot Of Annoyed Comments On The Internet And TBH Neither You Nor I Want That But Boy, What If This Had Happened: Deus Ex director Warren Spector and his (now-closed) studio Junction…

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Feature: Deus Next

Warren Spector Done With Triple-A, Not Done With Games

Warren Spector is a busy man. He's directing the University of Texas at Austin's game design academy, he's teaching part-time, he's traveling and giving talks - the list goes on. But while the Deus Ex and, er, Epic Mickey creator is surrounded by games and relentlessly stalked by his legacy, he's not actually making anything right now. He didn't exactly go out on a high…

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Feature: "We have to get past media envy."

Interview: Spector On Cartoons, Cyberpunk And Failure

In this second part of my conversation with Warren Spector, we discuss the good and bad of Disney, Spector’s new role as an Academy director, the benefits and drawbacks of growing up as a gamer, and the parallels between Hollywood in the late forties and the games industry now. Also, why indie development is the place to be.

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Feature: "I think we became an artform with Pong."

Interview: Spector On Fears, Legacies and Returning To PC

There are a lot of words being written about the new consoles this week but when I spoke to Warren Spector a few days ago, he was clear about where his future lies: “I think all the interesting stuff is happening on PC now… Assuming I make more games, which I intend to do, PC and Mac are going to be my targets.” It’s good…

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Feature: Is Warren Spector Art?

Citizen Kane, Ebert, And Gaming’s Inferiority Complex

I can't believe we're still having this goddamn discussion.  I can't believe I actually feel that it's necessary for me to write this dumb article. I can't believe that people are still arguing over what constitutes an "Ebert of Gaming" or a "Citizen Kane of Gaming" or a "Step Up 2 Fast 2 Furious XIII: Starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson And An Egregiously Sexualized Purple…

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Feature: Spilling The Glass

Warren Spector On Life After Mickey, Going ‘No Weapons’

For the first time in ages, Deus Ex director Warren Spector is unemployed. The man who created what's regarded by many as the greatest game of all time isn't cracking any whips, cooking up cyber conspiracies, or teaching cartoon mice to sing. Instead, he's taking some time to both teach and learn, which is what brought him to UC Santa Cruz's recent Interactive Storytelling Symposium.…

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Warren Spector’s Junction Point Closes

Sad news travels fast and although it's taken a while for Disney to confirm, we'd already heard convincing rumours suggesting that Epic Mickey developers Junction Point had closed earlier today. Polygon have now received a statement from the House of Mouse, which reads in part: "These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources…

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The Rabbit Alliance: Epic Mickey 2

There short videos have been attempting to promote Epic Mickey 2 since we last looked at the game and here they are gathered in one place. I can't believe Warren Spector has managed to incorporate quite so many Star Wars characters and settings into the game in such a short time since the acquisition. The AT-AT boss fight looks absolutely stunning. That's all in my…

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No Consolation Needed: Epic Mickey PC-Bound Nov 18

Sure, Epic Mickey 2 may be part of a diabolical scheme in which we play as one kind of rodent (mouse) while being another type of rodent (guinea pig) for Warren Spector's goal of turning every videogame ever into a musical, but that doesn't mean it can't be great. I'm curious, at least, given all the fightin' words Spector's been throwing around about his game's maturity…

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Take Note: Epic Mickey 2 Cast Will Break Into Song

Speaking to Gametrailers, in a chunk of footage you can see below, Epic Mickey 2 lead Warren Spector explained that the fully-voiced cast for the new platformer will regularly feature characters breaking into song, in that time-honored Disney fashion. These songs will apparently explain things and further the story. Spector also told IGN: "This time around, in the second game, I just wanted to take…

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Ear is Ten Mins of Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two

Time traveling dimension hoppers from a universe of electrical storms and VHS recorders have unearthed footage Warren Spector's next game, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two and brought it into our... sorry? It's Wii footage? Oh, that explains it. I'm usually not snobbish, and I'm sure Youtube's compression doesn't do the Wii any favours, but jagged edges and about four colours really don't show…

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Epic Mickey 2 Coming To PC, Via 800 Devs

Eight hundred? Well, sort of. They're not all working on it all of the time, but as Warren Spector explained to Eurogamer: "You can either build a studio that has 700 people, which I desperately don't want to do, and didn't and don't and won't, okay? Or you can find partners around the world... So we have people working in Leamington in the UK, in…

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Spector On The Gaming Class War

An micro-inter-RPS debate today was this august publication's coverage of one W. Spector Esq. Leaving aside issues of platform prissiness, how justified are we in continuing to cover the bepullovered fellow's words? He has moved to Wii development for the time being (although platforms for Ninja Gold, his still-unseen kicksplode collaboration with John Woo, remain undeclared), but at the same time there's a big, tall,…

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Spector: Games Are Not Meant To Be Movies

Warren Spector has been making some interesting comments at GDC Europe, regarding the differences between games and film. And more specifically, developers who are trying to make the former like the latter. Stop it, he cries. "If you want make your game as a movie," Develop reports the Epic Mickey developer saying, "you should be making movies”. He then goes on to discuss what games…

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