During his AGDC keynote, Deus Ex
lead designer (and outspoken critic of Midway's BlackSite: Area 51
), Harvey Smith, revealed that he's at work on a new FPS-RPG for his current employer, Arkane Studios (Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
). The studio is currently working in conjunction with Valve on The Crossing
, a first-person "crossplayer" FPS
, but Smith's reference to role-playing (and lack of reference to The Crossing
) indicates an all-new project.
Smith said that his design focus "is very much around games like Deus Ex
," although his other keynote revelation – a "casual strategy game" for iPhone – shows that he's open to dabbling. Unless, of course, it's a casual Deus Ex
universe strategy title ... super-deformed art style and everything.