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The first multimedia video game that was ever made is reborn! Starring Christopher Lee.

About this project

DEUS EX MACHINA 2

Deus Ex Machina 2 is the reimagination of the classic 1984 Game Of The Year, Deus Ex Machina, the first true multimedia video game ever made.

Paypal is now an option to join in and contribute to this project
Paypal is now an option to join in and contribute to this project

Written by Mel Croucher, creator of the original game, published by Automata, the first video games company in the UK, this brand new version is a darkly comic cradle-to-grave roller coaster of your entire life. It takes you on a surreal journey from before your own birth, all the way through the temptations and dangers of your life, and beyond your own death. And the music's great too!

  • PC, Mac and Linux versions developed using Unity
  • words translated from English into 18 more languages
  • soundtrack album released
  • book ready for publication
Level 1: outwit your wriggly rivals.
Level 1: outwit your wriggly rivals.
Level 2: outrun the squidcams.
Level 2: outrun the squidcams.

WHY YOUR MONEY IS NEEDED

We want to get you involved, join in the fun, become part of Deus Ex Machina 2, and help us fund the following vital elements.

  • We need £24,500 to perfect the user-options, gameplay and scoring with your help, before we release the final PC and Mac versions.
  • £23,000 to complete the prototypes for the iOS and Android mobile versions.
  • £8,500 to customize and personalize the opening and closing sequences for all versions with the names and images of our Kickstarter backers.
  • £4,500 to remix the ultimate in-your-head soundtrack for all versions.
  • And of course we'll need to pay Kickstarter, and some fees, and some minimal packaging costs for your lovely rewards, around £3,500.

So, OUR GOAL to achieve all of that is to raise £64,000 with your help.

Rewards include the book, behind-the-scenes access, original master tapes, the album and of course the game itself.
Rewards include the book, behind-the-scenes access, original master tapes, the album and of course the game itself.
Level 4: conform or rebel.
Level 4: conform or rebel.
Level 6: take a trip through the Summer of Love.
Level 6: take a trip through the Summer of Love.
Level 7: avoid and betray.
Level 7: avoid and betray.

STRETCH GOALS beyond £64,000

£84,000
We want to make the game as mind-blowing as we can, so a virtual reality version is high on our target list. We'll produce Deus Ex Machina 2 The Director's Cut, for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset if you can help us hit this stretch goal.

£112,000
Our aim is to reach out and entertain people all over the planet, which is why we have already translated the game from English into Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Welsh. If we can achieve this stretch goal then as well as the 19 languages already built in to the game, we'll invest this additional backing to add another 10 translations to cover the rest of the game-playing planet.

£128,000
If we hit double our target we'll celebrate by sending every Kickstarter backer a code to download Deus Ex Machina 2 for your choice of iOS or Android format, on the day of publication, no matter how little or how much you have pledged. And we'll stop planning and get ready to start shooting Deus Ex Machina: The Movie, by Anthony and Nicola Caulfield (producers of movies on "War Of The Worlds", "Sonic The Hedgehog", and the history of video gaming documentary "From Bedrooms To Billions"). And of course every funder will receive a code to download their copy of the finished movie.

Rewards include original artwork and storyboards from Deus Ex Machina 2
Rewards include original artwork and storyboards from Deus Ex Machina 2
... and collector's artwork and storyboards from the original 1984 game.
... and collector's artwork and storyboards from the original 1984 game.
Level 10: war crimes are easy.
Level 10: war crimes are easy.
Level 11: party 'til you're pooped.
Level 11: party 'til you're pooped.

WHY KICKSTARTER

  • Since Automata was founded way back in 1977, we have only ever dealt direct with you, our players. 
  • We have always listened to what you say and what you want, and we always will. That's why we'll give every Kickstarter backer voting rights on how we create the future of the game.
  • We have never sold out to banks, advertisers, sponsors or parasites, and we never will. Kickstarter allows us to keep our independence.
  • We believe Kickstarter is the perfect way for you to join in the fun and choose your ideal rewards.
  • And we believe Kickstarter is the perfect way for us to reach out to you, our genuine test-players from all over the world.
Level 12: profit without shame.
Level 12: profit without shame.
Level 14: bust the blood clots.
Level 14: bust the blood clots.
Level 16: zap your eyes and pop your pills.
Level 16: zap your eyes and pop your pills.

THE GAME

Imagine if your life was nothing more than some electronic game. Imagine if you knew then what you know now. Imagine if you could replay your little life all over again.

Battle your way to the womb, fertilize that egg, navigate the birth canal to get born, then focus, crawl, stand, balance, run, jump, learn and obey! Battle the hairs and zits of adolescence. Discover pleasure, love, pain, guilt and betrayal. Mess around, run away, hide out, suffer under, heal up, sell off, struggle through, knuckle down, tip over, cave in, dance on! Exploit your power, peddle your guilt, bust your body, embrace your decline, swallow your pills, lose your mind, dream your dreams and fly!

Sperms, cops, killer ducks, naughty bits, zimmer frames, hallicinogenic eyewear, dead mice, dementia, hermaphrodites, land mines, war crimes, neurons, morons, rock stars, and the greatest voice on the planet as your Narrator.

OUR SUPERSTAR VOICES

Sir Christopher Lee is The Narrator. The greatest voice on the planet. Star of Dracula, James Bond, Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. Become part of his incredible career by joining us on Kickstarter, and gain exclusive access to Christopher Lee interviews, outtakes and behind-the-scenes videos and images.

Ian Dury is The Fertilizer, remixed and remastered from his original brilliant performance. Kickstarter funders can enjoy bonus alternate takes by the legendary star of Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and Sex And Drugs And Rock'n'Roll.

Chyna Whyne is The Machine. Her haunting, soulful voice has earned her a place in rock history as favourite session singer with Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and The Who. Help us fund the next stage of the project and gain access to her exclusive gallery.

Chris Madin is The Defect. One of the best young voices in pop, and star vocalist on X Factor. His performance, taking over Mel Croucher's original role, is outstanding.

Joaquim de Almeida is The Defect Police. One of the all-time great baddies, Golden Globe winner and star of hit productions including Desperado, 24, Missing, Batman and The West Wing. Join us and enjoy exclusive interviews and outtakes.

Mary Carew is The Teacher. She has an amazing operatic range and her global hits include Adiemus, one of the most popular classical tracks of all time.

Sulene Fleming is The Night Nurse. A brilliant performer and star of Ministry of Sound, Sulene's talents as a songwriter shine in all her compositions for her role in our project.

The great Jonathan Cook is our audio producer, and other musical contributors include Chris Blackwell, Ray Davies, Johnny Lithium, Rick Eastman, Alidor Nzinga, the Crouch End Festival Chorus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with orchestral music by Debbie Wiseman.

ABOUT US

Mel Croucher and the Automata Source team are based at the seaside on the South coast of England, with key people in Cupertino in California, and Lisbon in Portugal. There's loads of bios, background information, galleries and cool stuff about Mel, Automata and the team on our website.

follow us on TWITTER https://twitter.com/DEM2Game

like us on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/deusexmachina2game

the AUTOMATA website http://www.automatasource.com

and for everything about the original DEUS EX MACHINA and DEUS EX MACHINA 2, visit our dedicated website for the game and trigger the little red buttons at the top of the home page. http://www.deusexmachina2.com/

Risks and challenges

All human activity involves risks and challenges, and games development is no exception. Developers can run out of time, producers can run out of money, key personnel can run out the door to join the circus, early ambitions can turn out to be impractical, and there's the situation where everything goes to plan but the plan stinks.

Well, I don't think we're going to run out of time, because all the hard slog has been completed and we're now into perfection phase. I don't think we're going to run out of money, with your help, because the development, the music, the translations and the artwork are all paid for, and this funding is about knocking everything into shape. And our team is stable, experienced and besides we've already joined the circus.

Since I started the first ever video games company in the UK, my team has never failed to deliver on time every time. This time it's no different and I believe the risk of failing to complete the project is very low indeed. If I happen to drop dead, go mad or disappear, then my colleagues will take over seamlessly.

Essentially, this is the game I have wanted to make since 1983, ever since I ran up against the technical limitations to my future-vision first time round. All I had to do was wait 30 years for the technology to catch up, and for Kickstarter to put me in touch with you. I want to make this game not for myself, but for all of us. So, maybe the only real risk for you to consider is that Deus Ex Machina 2 stinks.

Right at the start, thirty years ago, I took the risk of defying the norms and busting the templates of conventional gaming, by producing Deus Ex Machina as an interactive movie, played in real time to a perfectly synchronized rock music soundtrack. And now I pledge to do everything I can to turn that original vision into reality at last.

My heartfelt thanks to you for taking the time to read this. If you're considering backing the project then I hope you enjoy the ride and I look forward to welcoming you aboard with open arms. Keep smiling.

Mel Croucher

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FAQ

  • MP3, FLAC and Apple Lossless as downloads.

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  • £12 ... At this level you receive all the listed rewards plus a fully playable version of DEUS EX MACHINA 2 for PC or Mac (July 2013). The final opening credits and end credits will not be in place, and neither will the final weighting of the scoring system and some audio alternatives. That's because we'll still be implementing the final version depending on your votes.
    At £15 you receive all the listed rewards plus the final release version of DEUS EX MACHINA 2 for your choice of format: PC (August 2013), Mac (August 2013), iOS (November 2013) or Android (November 2013). We also really want to add Oculus Rift to that choice (earliest August 2013, latest November 2013), but we have to hit our first stretch goal to do that. Other formats are on the way, please see the next FAQ.
    At £18 you also receive the classic original Game Of The Year version of DEUS EX MACHINA.

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  • Yes. We love Kickstarter very much, but there may be a reason why you can't use the credit card options available. In which case go to http://www.automatasource.com/join-us.aspx to use Paypal for backing Deus Ex Machina 2. None of your money will be touched, and if we fail to hit our goals you won't lose a penny but be refunded in full.

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  • PC (completed, and awaiting final opening and credit sequesnces, plus votes from you, the backers on content, audio and scoring).
    Mac (completed, and awaiting final opening and credit sequences, plus votes from you, the backers, on content, audio and scoring).
    Linux (will be an immediate direct port from final version).
    Oculus Rift (will be an enhanced "director's cut" version if we reach our stretch goal, available August 2013 earliest, November 2013 latest).
    Android (will be a special alternate version, available November 2013).
    iOS (will be a special alternate version, available November 2013).
    Blackberry (this one is still in planning, but will be a direct port from the final version, 2013 release date to be announced).

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  • Yes. There will be no DRM restrictions on Deus Ex Machina 2. We do not shackle our titles with Digital Rights Management (DRM) for the following reasons:

    We trust you, our backers and our players, not to pirate Deus Ex Machina 2. DRM does not stop the illegal use of files, it just adds hassle for paying players. We do not want to waste our money and our backers' money on DRM costs. DRM-free content will play on tomorrow's platforms as well as today's. DRM would fundamentally change who is in control of Deus Ex Machina 2, and we want to share that control with you.

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  • The in-game player options are ...

    LANGUAGE select from your choice of English, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, Greek, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Welsh. SUBTITLES toggle on/off. BIRTHPLACE planting of your homing-beacon. PAUSE your life, to freeze the action at any spot. RESUME the life from the moment it was paused. REBIRTH to restart your life from the beginning. OPTIONS to control the playing experience, including audio controls. QUIT. But why would you?
    Here's a complete rundown of the DEUS EX MACHINA 2 experience. Remember, this is no conventional game, it's an interactive movie that takes exactly one hour from start to finish, so here goes ...

    PRELUDE: make choices that will affect the whole of your life, before you navigate your roller-coaster journey through your own existence. You may encounter, touch, enjoy and exploit all the good things in your life. Or you may avoid, reject, overcome and defeat all the bad things in your life. Or to hell with the rules ... you may chose to do the opposite!
    FERTLIZER: outwit the rival sperms and their comedy football formation tactics to fertilize that tempting egg.
    BIRTH: navigate the pulsing slalem to the outside world and dodge the squid-cam spy probes of the Defect Police.
    INFANCY: learn to crawl, stand, balance, walk, run and jump your way through your earliest experiences, as forces more powerful than you try to control your mind and condition your behaviour.
    SCHOOL: run your own race and resist all the propaganda to obey, as the teacher from hell force-feeds you the rules of the institution.
    ADOLESCENCE: battle those sprouting hairs and erupting zits, and navigate a hormone-fuelled pathway of teen-dreams.
    LOVE: accept those tempting lips and get jiggy aboard that yellow submarine. You know you want to.
    BETRAYAL: reject the spotlight of publicity and manipulate your privacy shell through the catwalk, because the war-mongers have plans for you.
    SOLDIER: this is no place for heros. Run, dodge and flee the urban battlefield to survive.
    CRIPPLE: your body lies shattered in a nightmare hospital, but your mind is free to navigate and heal.
    WAR CRIMES: face your trial and evade entrapment in the courtroom of your worst nightmare.
    DANCE: send in the clones and have a ball, as you party the night away in the ultimate club scene.
    GUILT: your pathway is through the heart of the global trading world, where every investment you make will affect the lives of millions.
    POWER: the lonliest road of all to navigate, with a supercity under your control, but is there anyone left to command?
    DECLINE: now you battle the enemy within, through your own veins and arteries, hunted by white killer cells as you try and bust the blood clots of a massive heart attack.
    DANGER: a race against time, with your brain under attack and its neural pathways acting like a rogue pinball machine.
    OLD AGE: your geriatric home looks like a comedy clockwork hallucination, and every time you pop a pill or swap your eyeware your world mutates into something even weirder.
    SENILITY: your pathway is through a dreamscape of false memories and real events from your incredibly long life. Can you even walk unaided?
    WONDER: but hey ... that futuristic buggy provides a mean ride towards the ultimate portal.
    DEATH: well, what did you expect ... multiple endings?! We all come to it, and it's nearly game over.
    TRANSFIGURATION: except for one final surprise, involving a wheelchair, some wings, an entire morphing planet and a free ride home.
    THANKS: actually, two final surprises if you happen to spot your own face in there!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    £1 reward

    8 backers

    Become part of the future of DEUS EX MACHINA! You get online access to vote on how DEUS EX MACHINA 2 looks and plays for Android and iOS formats. And your vote really counts!

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    £3 reward

    16 backers

    the reward above plus ...
    DEUS EX MACHINA 2, the MP3 rock album starring Christopher Lee and Ian Dury. On sale at Amazon for $6.99 so you're already saving! Plus free bonus tracks, alternate takes and interviews.

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    £7 reward

    12 backers

    all the rewards above, plus ...
    Digital copy of Mel Croucher's fully illustrated book, DEUS EX MACHINA: THE BEST GAME YOU NEVER PLAYED IN YOUR LIFE, hilarious, heartbreaking, no-holds-barred, inside story of how the video games industry started and where it's all heading.

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    £12 reward

    6 backers

    all the rewards above, plus ...
    Hands-on of the playable pre-release version of DEUS EX MACHINA 2, with online voting rights to have your say on how the final version plays and scores.

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    £15 reward

    108 backers

    all the rewards above, plus ... YOUR COPY OF THE FINAL RELEASE VERSION OF DEUS EX MACHINA 2. You'll have the choice between PC or Mac formats (available August 2013). Or you can choose to wait for your copy of DEUS EX MACHINA 2 for Andriod or iOS formats (available Autumn 2013).

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    £18 reward

    122 backers

    all the rewards above, plus ...
    Exclusive, fully playable emulation of the original 1984 version of DEUS EX MACHINA, including the original soundtrack, starring "Dr. Who" Jon Pertwee.

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    £21 reward

    24 backers

    all the rewards above plus ... ADDITIONAL COPY OF THE FINAL RELEASE VERSION OF DEUS EX MACHINA 2 in ADDITIONAL FORMAT of your choice. Check the FAQs for current list of available formats.

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    £24 reward

    26 backers

    all the rewards above, plus ... No-limit downloads of behind-the-scenes content: character sheets, alternate concepts, artwork, deleted stuff, and work-in-progress of new material.

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    £32 reward

    7 backers

    all the rewards above, plus ...
    Limited edition "backers only" DEUS EX MACHINA 2 poster.

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  • You selected
    £48 reward

    34 backers

    all the rewards above, plus ... Collector's Box Special: DEUS EX MACHINA: THE BEST GAME YOU NEVER PLAYED IN YOUR LIFE hardback book, DEUS EX MACHINA 2 the game on DVD, DEUS EX MACHINA 2 soundtrack album CD, all signed by the author.

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    £65 reward

    3 backers

    upgrade to Collector's Box Exclusive: DEUS EX MACHINA: THE BEST GAME YOU NEVER PLAYED IN YOUR LIFE hardback book, DEUS EX MACHINA 2 the game on DVD, DEUS EX MACHINA 2 soundtrack album CD, all signed by the author - plus - limited edition DEUS EX MACHINA 2 poster signed by members of the team or members of the cast.

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  • You selected
    £80 reward

    29 backers

    upgrade to Collector's Box Ultimate Edition: DEUS EX MACHINA original 1984 version on DVD, DEUS EX MACHINA original 1984 soundtrack album on CD - plus - DEUS EX MACHINA: THE BEST GAME YOU NEVER PLAYED IN YOUR LIFE hardback book, DEUS EX MACHINA 2 the game on DVD, DEUS EX MACHINA 2 soundtrack album CD, all signed by the author - plus - limited edition DEUS EX MACHINA 2 poster signed by members of the team or members of the cast.

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  • You selected
    £160 reward

    3 backers

    all the rewards above including Collectors Box Ultimate Edition - plus - DEUS EX MACHINA: THE BEST GAME YOU NEVER PLAYED IN YOUR LIFE hardback book, signed personal dedication by the author - plus - your name in the end-credits in the book itself, all copies, all formats.

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  • You selected
    £320 reward

    2 backers

    all the rewards above - plus - your name in the end-credits in the game itself, all copies, all formats.

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  • You selected
    £640 reward

    1 backer Limited (31 left of 32)

    all the rewards above - plus - your face will appear in the final "dissident files" sequence of the game itself, all copies, all formats, including future formats.

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    £975 reward

    2 backers Limited (6 left of 8)

    all the rewards above - plus - you will be featured with Associate Producer status in the credit sequence of the game itself, all copies, all formats, including future formats.

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    £1,250 reward

    3 backers Limited (5 left of 8)

    all the rewards above - plus - your invitation to spend the day with the authors and the team, followed by celebration party. Includes accommodation and full hospitality package, excludes travel to UK venue.

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    £1,750 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    all the rewards above - plus - Unique item. The original boxed "Automata ZX Spectrum", signed by Mel Croucher and the original coder Andrew Stagg.

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    £1,825 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    all the rewards above except the Unique items - plus - The original DEUS EX MACHINA session tape of JON PERTWEE as the Narrator. This unique item is the "wild recording" of the entire session from 1984, on the original open reel boxed tape. Plus, Co-Producer credit in the game itself, all formats including future formats, and your VIP invitation to spend time with us and enjoy our hospitality.

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    £1,850 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    all the rewards above except the Unique items - plus - The original DEUS EX MACHINA session tape of IAN DURY as the Fertilizer. This unique item is the "wild recording" of the entire session from 1984, on the original open reel boxed tape. Plus, Co-Producer credit in the game itself, all formats including future formats, and your VIP invitation to spend time with us and enjoy our hospitality.

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    all the rewards above except the Unique items - plus - your framed and signed original portrait painted by celebrated sci-fi and fantasy artist Robin Evans (acclaimed artist for Starburst magazine, and creator of the original Deus Ex Machina artwork). You will have complete control over the theme and nuances of style, and personal sittings can be arranged in the UK. Plus, Co-Producer credit in the game itself, all formats including future formats, and your VIP invitation to spend time with us and enjoy our hospitality.

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Funding period

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