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The first multimedia video game that was ever made is rebooted! Starring Christopher Lee.
The first multimedia video game that was ever made is rebooted! Starring Christopher Lee.
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DEUS EX MACHINA 2 : REBOOT

Deus Ex Machina 2 is the brand new evolution of the cult 1984 Game Of The Year, Deus Ex Machina, the first true multimedia video game ever made.

Written by Mel Croucher, creator of the original game, and published by Automata, the first video games company in the UK, this completely new version is a darkly comic roller-coaster of your whole life. It's a surreal 100-year voyage from cradle to grave, and the music's great too!

  • DRM free
  • developed in Unity
  • play options in English and 18 more languages
  • soundtrack album released and book prepared for publication
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WE'RE BACK

This is our second Kickstarter campaign, and huge thanks to backers of the first campaign who voted on the cover artwork, music, graphics, and scoring of the game. You have all been rewarded and will have named dedications in our special publication of the book of the game.

Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 2 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 2 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 12 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 12 screenshot

WHY YOUR MONEY IS NEEDED

  • Now we need to put the results of your votes into Deus Ex Machina 2 before we release the PC and Mac versions.
  • We also need to create the spectacular final sequence of the game itself, to feature as many of your names and faces as we can, alongside our celebrity stars.
  • We need to produce your lovely rewards too, and of course we must pay Kickstarter their fees for making this all happen.

And OUR GOAL to achieve all of this is to raise £9,800 with your help. That's just under $15,000 or just over €11,000. And if you help us do better than that, here's what we'll do in return ...

STRETCH GOALS beyond £9,800

£12,000
LINUX version. Because we have developed the PC and Mac versions of Deus Ex Machina 2 in Unity, we can produce the Linux version fast and very cost-effectively. Help us hit our first stretch goal to produce the DRM-free Linux version of the game.

£28,000
OCULUS RIFT. 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.

Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 16 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 16 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 14 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 14 screenshot

THE GAME

Battle your way to the womb, navigate the birth slalem to get born, then focus, crawl, stand, balance, run, jump, learn, obey and rebel! Pluck the hairs and squeeze the zits of adolescence. Discover the pleasures of love, and the pains of guilt and betrayal. Mess around, run away, hide out, suffer under, heal up, sell off, struggle through, knuckle down, trample over, cave in, dance on! Exploit your power, bust your body, fight 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.

Imagine if your life was nothing more than an electronic game. Imagine if you knew then what you know now. Imagine if you could replay your little life all over again. Welcome to Deus Ex Machina 2.

Playable demo of Level 1 here: https://bitly.com/1aue61T

Latest trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm1l2l_xNmA

Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 6 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 6 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 10 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 10 screenshot

THE REWARDS

Rewards include the book, the soundtrack album, behind-the-scenes access, and of course the game itself.
Rewards include the book, the soundtrack album, behind-the-scenes access, and of course the game itself.
Get you hands on original artwork and storyboards from Deus Ex Machina 2
Get you hands on 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.

WHY KICKSTARTER

  • Since I founded Automata 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 in our previous Kickstarter campaign we gave every 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 gameplay partners from all over the world.
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 11 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 11 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 7 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 7 screenshot

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.

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.

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.

Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 8 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 8 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 20 screenshot
Deus Ex Machina 2: Level 20 screenshot

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

the DEUS EX MACHINA website 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 putting you, the backer, into the game, and about putting the votes of our most loyal Kickstarter backers into practice. 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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    COLLECTOR'S BOX ULTIMATE EDITION: DEUS EX MACHINA original 1984 version on DVD, DEUS EX MACHINA original 1984 soundtrack album on CD, DEUS EX MACHINA original design poster, DEUS EX MACHINA: THE BEST GAME YOU NEVER PLAYED IN YOUR LIFE big fat glossy printed book, DEUS EX MACHINA 2 the game on DVD, DEUS EX MACHINA 2 soundtrack album CD ... all signed by the author with customised dedications of your choice - plus - your copy of the limited edition DEUS EX MACHINA 2 poster with celebration signatures by members of the team and members of the cast.

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