Eidos Montreal fesses up to poor boss fights in Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Even though the recent release of “The Missing Link” DLC featured a more appropriate boss encounter, the majority of Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s boss fights force players to forgo whichever strategy they employed throughout the game and, you know, just shoot ’em in the face. Unless that is your strategy, in which case all we have to say is: you monster.
Eidos Montréal producer David Anfossi told Edge that farming out the boss fights to Grip Entertainment was a mistake — not because Grip failed, but because the implementation and design of boss encounters was poor. “We knew that it would be a weakness for the game, that we had to make a compromise to deliver it [on] two levels. First, the boss fights were forced, which is not the Deus Ex experience. Second, there is no mix [of] solutions to tackle the boss fights, which is not Deus Ex either. We knew that before the release of the game, but there had to be some compromise. It [was] our decision.”
That’s not to say Anfossi isn’t proud of Deus Ex — he’s quite content with the hacking, stealth, social and combat aspects of the game — but if he had a chance to do it all again, he’d handle the boss fights differently rather than taking them out entirely. “There are two options: no boss fights, or do boss fights correctly. I’m pretty sure that now we have the knowledge to do it correctly.”