Deus Ex: Human Defiance Is A Movie, Not A Game

Earlier this week, we reported that a trademark was registered for something called “Deus Ex: Human Defiance”. Although information was scarce, it was presumed that the name referred to a possible sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, as it was the most likely case. We posited that the title could refer to the upcoming Deus Ex movie.

It would appear that we were on the right course with the latter speculation. According to gaming industry sleuth superannuation, Deus Ex: Human Defiance refers to the new movie, which is currently being directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) who is also co-writing the script with C. Robert Cargill. He discovered the registrations for the following domains: and
, both of which were registered under CBS Films Inc.

Square Enix has yet to make any formal statements about the development, but we wouldn’t put it past the studio to make a proper announcement sometime soon.

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5 Comments on Deus Ex: Human Defiance Is A Movie, Not A Game


On March 2, 2013 at 2:17 am

Maybe Square Enix will stop making games like films, now that they can finally make a film like a game.


On March 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

That’s too bad. I would have preferred a new game, especially considering how most of these movies turn out.


On March 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Personally, they could stand to do both, make a new game and a new film. HOWEVER, I think they need to ditch the film idea entirely in favor of a TV Series on HBO or something. Years ago they tried adapting the original game into a movie and the writer of the script said he basically had to amalgamate numerous characters together in order to have a script that made sense for a film. As he said, a 40-60 hour game with numerous key characters would have been difficult to pull off well in a film format. Instead, he opted to simplify the script and merge characters together. Ultimately, JC Denton didn’t have a brother, and was apparently suffering from severe mental health issues as a result of being augmented, and I think Jock ended up being a combination of 3 or 4 different characters.

I feel that we are long overdue for an actual sci-fi TV series that focuses on the emergence of this kind of technology. This tech is real, people. In 10-20 years, we’re going to be seeing augmented people walking around town. That’s why I’m more supportive of Deus Ex in TV format rather than film format. We need a sci-fi series that deals with the social, political, philosophical, and spiritual issues that can (and very likely, will) arise from this technology. We need to be discussing this sort of thing in a more public manner than it seems to be discussed in right now.

I realize that many gamers may disagree with me here. I understand that. I realize that there are many gamers that do not want to give any more thought to topics like this beyond the game and/or film. However, I believe that sci-fi serves a purpose beyond mere entertainment. I believe that it has the ability to reach a wider audience and to get people to think about and discuss real world issues in a very real way. I believe it’s important for this sort of technology, and the issues that could arise from it, to be discussed in an open, mature manner (which certainly proves difficult at times) before the technology sees widespread use.


On March 3, 2013 at 12:28 am

@Brad yeah! That would be awesome!


On March 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

Sound interesting.