Eidos says the upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution can be finished in about 25 hours, but if you want to do everything the game has to offer it "isn't even close."
Size matters. This is an incontrovertible fact. But there's also truth in the corollary that it's not what you've got but what you do with it that counts. We're talking about videogames, of course; eight hours of concentrated awesomeness is better than 30 hours of a half-baked, derivative sequel. Whether or not the new Deus Ex will deliver the awesome remains to be seen but at an estimated 25 hours in length, it certainly sounds like it will be a meaty game.
"So far with them playing about six hours every day, most of them don't complete the game," producer David Anfossi said in the new issue of PC Gamer U.K. (via CVG), referring to the testing team's six-day week. And while 25 hours may be enough to plow through it, he suggested that players might find themselves taking longer as they get drawn into the game.
"The ones that are more casual gamers, who are used to more 'corridor, cut-scene, corridor, cut-scene' type of gameplay - they play it that way for a while," he continued. "Then suddenly, there's this new world that opens to them, and they start getting a bit more creative."
The Eidos Montreal development team expressed similar comments on Twitter, albeit a little more bluntly, writing, "DX:HR is 25 hours long? Maybe, but if you like to do everything, 25 hours isn't even close."
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is expected to launch later this year.