Bad console ports on PC is “disrespectful” says Deus Ex: Mankind divided creative director

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming in February next year, and will be tackling some pretty heavy themes, just hopefully not in a heavy-handed, preachy way. The last Deus Ex game, Human Revolution was excellent, as was its PC port, which was handled by one of the better porting studios on this or any other planet: Nixxes – the same folk who ported the last one to PC, along with 2013’s Tomb Raider and the recent Thief reboot.

The bad news then is that yes, it’s going to be a port – but the good news is that Eidos and Square-Enix know that shoddy PC ports of console games just isn’t good enough. In fact, it’s downright disrespectful.

Speaking at the New York Comic Con this weekend, Executive Game Director Jean-Francois Dugas said that putting out straight up console ports on PC is disrespectfuladding that PC versions should have all manner of features not available on console. The PC version is a distinct and separate thing, he asserts saying that it’s “super important that the PC version is treated as such.”

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be one of the games being released next year that utilises that new-fangled DirectX 12 and AMD’s TressFX 3.0.

After the absolute mess that was Mortal Kombat X and Arkham Knights PC ports, I think developers and publishers have to be a little more selective in how they handle PC ports, and who they choose to do them.

Given that Steam Refunds are now in place, and recent UK legislature allows consumers to return games that aren’t up to scratch, and the absolute mess that was Mortal Kombat X and Arkham Knights PC ports, I think developers and publishers have to be a little more selective in how they handle PC ports, and who they choose to do them.

And it seems, after that particular debacle, that developers and publishers are going to be vociferously reassuring PC gamers that their games won’t launch broken. With Nixxes’ previous port successes, I’d say that in this case, we have little to worry about. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is out in Febraury next year. It won’t be piss-yellow.

Last Updated: October 12, 2015

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