A Fan-Made Mod Recreates Original Deus Ex In Unreal Engine 5; VR Mode Planned

The mod is a work in progress and works in a rather unique way.

Story Highlights

  • The modder creating the DXU24 mod for the original Deus Ex has shared a new development video, where they clarify details, such as the Unreal Engine 5 integration.
  • A VR mode is also planned for the mod, and it will feature editor tools that can help users create customized content easily. The users will be able to play with and without VR.
  • The mod will utilize various features of Unreal Engine 5 and produce better visuals, realistic water, volumetric fog, and more.
  • The release date for the mod is unknown, but the author usually updates the community about the mod on Twitter and videos on YouTube.

The skillful modder behind the DXU24 project has shared a new development update, which further sheds light on the alluring mod that renovates the classic Deus Ex (2000) experience in high definition. The mod will utilize the power of Unreal Engine 5 to wholly upgrade the game to new horizons. It is a significant jump from the original Unreal Engine 1, and the 23-year-old title will soon be able to resemble some modern AAA entries.

YouTube video

The mod is also striving to achieve “a user moddable, first-class VR experience for Deus Ex.” The short yet descriptive nearly 5-minute video delves deeply into the specifics of the mod. Moreover, DXU24 also compares the nostalgic olden venture with the modern reimagination of the game in Unreal Engine 5. The two versions have a night and day difference, and the modded title can easily be mistaken for an official remake.

The side-by-side comparisons were recorded at the same time, meaning it was a single-screen capture of both apps running at the same time. Moreover, some VR footage is also included in the video, along with the editor’s description.

The tool greatly enhances the potential of the mod, and it will let users produce their creations. As per the modder, the editor tool “dramatically increases the rate at which VR content can be produced.” The VR mode is optional, and the players can enjoy the modded entry in both ways once it releases. 

As per the mod author, the project is neither a remake nor a remaster and instead uses a unique method to deliver such vivifying visuals in the form of a modded framework. The fan-made reimagination of Deus Ex will require the original entry to utilize it and run in Unreal Engine 5, which is quite an innovative method we have seen used to improve visuals of a nostalgic experience.

DXU24 is not a remake or a remaster, it does not recreate any copyrighted assets contained in target games. It instead interprets target games while they are running on your PC and adapts them to run in Unreal Engine 5 in real-time. A legal copy of any target game is required to run DXU24.”

Judging by the video, the Deus Ex mod tries to implement various features of Unreal Engine 5 by adding better lighting and reflections, better water visuals, volumetric fog, and the like. The fan-made mode also appears to support Niagara, which is used to create visual effects, such as particles, in the game engine. The author has not clarified whether the mod will support ray tracing capabilities, but we may hear more in the near future.

No release date has been shared for the fan-made Deus Ex mod, but the author keeps the community updated with occasional videos and Twitter posts. The community has shown a positive reception in the comments of the video, with many surprised over how good the original game looks in Unreal Engine 5.

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