Deus Ex is a classic cyberpunk RPG where you play a nano tech-infused slab of meat JC Denton. An anti-terrorism agent working for UNATCO in the far off year of 2052.
Released at the turn of the millenium, Deus Ex broke brave new ground in many ways but – sadly as with all games – many features were left on the cutting room floor. From a white house level dropped early on, multiple cut NPCS, and the option to play as a woman.
A fan-made project
Data miners long ago found that the name of the player model for Denton is titled JCDentonMale. This along with JC being a gender neutral name shows that there was a plan early on to give players this choice but was cut along the way.
It’s easy to see why, considering there are over 1700 lines of dialogue for female JC within Deus Ex. But that is no longer a problem. A developer team on the ModDB forum taken it upon themselves to implement this lost feature.
Mrpoke2020, Xriborg and WCCC all make up Team ‘Lay D Dev’ who have made the mod of the same name, and it’s clear from the mods summary they have put a lot of effort into this project. Firstly, every line of JC Denton has be re-recorded by VA Karen Rohan and directed by Chris Rohan, with attention focused to the deadpan way the male JC Denton speaks.
Pronouns were changed in other characters dialogue from masculine to feminine. Using soundbites from other pieces of dialogue, taking whole words or removing the reference all together.
NPC’s were needed to be changed or added to further add the to immersion Dues Ex requires. That the Lay D Dev team have clearly respected with the amount of work they have put in. The character design was changed to reflect the new feminine JC.
A beloved game
Clearly the modding community doesn’t get as much love or respect as it should and this team signifies that, the amount of time and effort put into this simply to revive an cut option from a game that is over two decades olds shows how important this under appreciated part of the gaming community is.
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