Spector still has "Deus Ex stories to tell"
He tried to acquire rights from Eidos.
Speaking to Variety, veteran designer Warren Spector has indicated that he'd like to make more games in the style of his classic Deus Ex. He even had a spiritual successor to it in development before he started work on Epic Mickey.
"There were and still are Deus Ex stories I would like to tell," Spector said. "That story is not done for me."
Spector tried, but failed, to secure the rights to Deus Ex from owner Eidos (which is currently developing a third game). Regardless, he began work on a near-future science-fiction game with similar themes at his new studio Junction Point. "I sort of filed the serial numbers off," he said.
It was one of two projects he began before accepting the challenge to reinvent Mickey Mouse from Disney, the other being a "big, BIG fantasy game that I had been wanting to do for about 15 years". Neither project is necessarily dead, since Disney acquired the rights to both when it bought Junction Point.
Spector also said that he was surprised and even disappointed that hardcore gamers haven't been more outraged by his decision to work on a licensed cartoon game for the Wii instead.
"I'm completely stunned," he said. "I’ve been donning my armour and girding my loins and getting ready for battle. To be honest, I was a little disappointed, because I'm a scrappy guy and I like to fight."
Offer him a fight in the comments thread. Go on. Alternatively, read about his plans for Mickey Mouse in our Epic Mickey preview.