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PC Gamer looks back at Deus Ex:
Thanks Zloth!The story behind Liberty Island, Deus Ex's most iconic level
Making a masterpiece.
Since its release in the summer of 1999, Deus Ex has become one of the most beloved games on PC. Set in a bleak cyberpunk future, Ion Storm's ambitious first-person RPG, which was directed by Warren Spector, features deep systems, sprawling levels, emergent play, and a thrilling, conspiracy-laden plot. But one afternoon in Austin, Texas, where the game was developed, designer Harvey Smith and other members of the team were convinced that the game they'd been working on for years was destined for failure.
"We brought in Caroline Spector, Warren's wife, and she was the first person outside of the team to play it," says Smith. "She got off the boat at the dock and she picked up a box and threw it into the water. She got into the water and swam around. She tried to interact with a seagull. Then she tried to float on top of the crate."