There are many game modules that allow you to change the protagonist’s gender, but that’s not the case. A new Deus Ex Mod called “Ley D Denton Project“A classic immersive simulation game that lets you play as a female UNNATCO agent. Developer Ion Storm finally deleted this from the original game. It even re-recorded all the protagonist’s dialogues and changed every text or verbal pronoun reference. In some cases, characters are even added or significantly modified to make conversations with women meaningful.
“Although model exchange and sound plug-ins can create a cheap fax machine, we feel that this is not enough,” the module team wrote in their announcement. “Immersion is a core feature of the Deus Ex experience, and the semi-executing female JC Denton will destroy it. Either we do it right or we shouldn’t bother.”
First of all, JC Denton is now voiced by actress Karen Rohan, who has recorded all 1,700 original dialogues of Denton with her usual calm and stoic demeanor. Even the notorious “What a pity” the line was recreated Smacking lips with exactly the same sympathy.
“I must admit, this is scary! For me, a huge challenge is to make me realize that JC is a very famous and influential character with a unique style,” Rohan told PC Gamer. “The expressionless lines are very simple; instead, I struggle with lines with a lot of subtle emotions. We pay special attention to the favorites of the community. [The vocal director] We will warn me when we encounter the “memetic” line and then explain what I need to do. “
The most difficult task for the mod team is to change all the dialogues and texts in Deus Ex that refer to Denton as him/him. Let us remember that we are talking about immersive simulation games here, which are usually full of dialogues to listen to and notes to read. The solution to the dialogue involves splicing a character that makes a “sh” sound and placing it in front of “he”, and similar editing to change “Mister” to “Miss”, and so on.
The team wrote: “In some cases, references cannot be cut naturally and cannot be repaired.” “An example is the UNNATCO agent providing JC tear gas.’Give them the grenade’ but it will not be edited well and needs , Because otherwise it is not clear what is being talked about. To solve this problem, we added the JC line, “What, gas grenade? “Enable her to determine the subject of the conversation.”
Chris Rohan (Karen’s husband) serves as a vocal director and voice actor who replaces the male role. Rohan said in an interview with PC Gamer that he has been thinking about this mod ever since Ion Storm originally planned to let players choose the gender of JC Denton. The couple are currently working on the fourth audiobook of the TV series, but are beginning to feel exhausted, so they decided to use a female character to voice the first mission of Deus Ex to break the deadlock.
“I don’t think any of us will be as satisfied with it as we are,” Chris told PC Gamer. “Enthusiasm is electric, and we are beginning to realize that we have to keep going. That was two months ago.”
The couple received support from programmer and map designer Kyle “Mr. Poke” Peach, programmer “WCCC”, and used the female JC Denton model designed by “Bogie”. Without any professional studios for them to use, Rohans jerry installed bed frames, memory foam and blankets in their basement.
The last overhaul included dealing with character interactions and level designs that were meaningless in the context of female JC Denton, such as The Lucky Money club. Hong Kong nightclubs are full of escorts trying to seduce men and various Russians, either ignoring you or asking more women to dance with them. The mod team solved some of these embarrassing situations by changing and recasting NPCs or directly creating new NPCs.
The more controversial changes include removing the lines from the NPC and giving it to the new NPC, so the world still feels that it was built for the female JC Denton. The mod team added Russ, a new NPC that replaces the two sexy female characters Mercedes and Tessa who usually stand outside the club. The mod team admits that the female character flirting with another woman will not destroy the immersion, but they don’t want the scene to feel that it defaults to the existing interaction.
After community feedback, the module team stated that if players want to play lesbian JC, it is working hard to allow these two methods. “Mercedes and Tessa were replaced because Russ was added,” Chris Rohan said. “It is very difficult for these characters to coexist because we can’t add any dialogue for Mercedes and Tessa. When he is there, they just ignore him completely. There are other technical reasons that make voice work a reality. more difficult [but] Taking things out is a difficult decision. We did not do this lightly, and we will never disturb LGBT players. In the end, the deciding factor is immersion. “
“Although we insisted on our decision, some people expressed disappointment with our choice. In response, we added it as a 1.1 switchable logo. All conversations are recorded and can be used as players to reopen desires. Modding Just play the game the way you want to play, and we will provide convenience for this.”
As the team’s programmer WCCC said, Deus Ex modding is undergoing a slight revival recently. The Lay D Denton mod soared to second place on ModDB.com only a few hours after its release on Friday, so the Deus Ex and modding communities seemed to respond well to the team’s efforts.
“When we were studying it, it was difficult to sit on it quietly, but you will see a lot of semi-finished modules,” Chris said. “They look cool, but it’s frustrating how many promising ideas crawl slowly or stop completely. We don’t want to sell things that we will never finish. We want people to be excited and people can enjoy it as soon as possible. They heard it. So, we sit on it quietly, which is a wise idea. It pushes us to finish, and this response is our reward.”