The actor behind Deus Ex’s Adam Jensen has said goodbye to the character and discussed his experience of the industry’s wider problems.
No video game franchise stays dead forever but it seems fair to say there is not going to be a new Deus Ex for a very long time, not after the most recent one got cancelled and 97 staff from developer Eidos-Montréal were laid off.
Naturally, this didn’t go down well with actor Elias Toufexis, who voiced protagonist Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution (where he also did the motion capture) and its sequel Mankind Divided.
He’s taken to social media to protest the job cuts and also to say ‘goodbye, but hopefully not farewell’ to the series.
‘Maybe someone else will buy the licence. Maybe we’ll make an animated series or finish the game. Elon Musk is a big fan, I think he has some money. Someone ask him!, he wrote in a message to fans.
‘As you guys all know, Jensen is one of the characters I’ve played who is near and dear to my heart. It seems I will always be associated with him and that’s just fine with me,’ he said on Reddit.
‘Alas, his story seems done. I’m relatively certain the game that was cancelled was not an Adam Jensen story, so the cancellation angers me more than anything else because friends at Eidos got laid off. Video game companies right now are in a weird place. I hope it gets straightened out.’
Toufexis has appeared in many other video game roles, including Sam Coe in Starfield, The Penguin in Gotham Knights, and Leonidas in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
He’s also a live action actor, appearing in the likes of Star Trek: Discovery and Pluto, but he later took to Twitter to vent more angry opinions about the games industry in general.
‘Deus Ex got cancelled. This other massive game I was both acting and directing on got cancelled and a third game I was acting and directing on got reworked and now starting from scratch, whole new team,’ he said. ‘The video game world is a disaster zone right now.’
‘I am presently working on two or three other games, but I’d expect them all to be cancelled before the end of the week or something,’ he added.
It’s not clear whether he’s being literal in that final comment but clearly, he knows better than most what kind of state the games industry is in at the moment, with the constant layoffs and the peculiar behaviour of companies like Microsoft and Sony.
Sadly, he offers no particular hope for the future and certainly the job losses are expected to remain commonplace for at least the rest of the year.
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