A host of cyberpunk gear straight out of the upcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution can now be found in Team Fortress 2, including weapons, cybernetic body upgrades and those wicked sweet yellow shades.
The magnificent eight Manno-Technology items include both weapons and clothing, which surely is all you need for a complete cyberpunk experience, except for a pumping techno-industrial cyberpunk. The Sniper gets a swish sniper rifle, and the Spy is armed with Deus Ex HR’s glorious gigantic revolver. The lucky Engineer, a man not shy of a little mechanical augmentation, gets a glorious-looking shotgun and an electrifying new forearm augmentation.
For those more interested in cyberpunk for its clothes (Sunday cyberpunks, we call ’em in my syndicate), there’s a cybernetic arm for the Heavy, a Nanobalaclava for the Spy, stylish Sarif Industries baseball cap, and, of course, Adam Jensen’s very own mirrorshades, the Deus Specs.
Aside: For those of you who don’t speak British, “swish” means “totes rad.” The sniper rifle is totes rad.
Now that you’ve heard about the new items (and presumably have clicked over to the Team Fortress 2 website to read the clever community relations copy and scope pictures of the gear), you’re likely wondering how you can get your fleshy human mits on this stuff, huh?
The easiest way is to pre-order Deus Ex through Valve’s Steam service. That will unlock all of the new items, instantly transforming your favorite cartoony first person shooter into something out of a Neal Stephenson fever dream.
If you’re a bit more patient however, you can also cobble together these virtual status symbols via the Team Fortress 2 in-game crafting system. Obviously that’s going to be a bit of a grind, but it’s also the cheaper option for those of you who have earmarked your “cyberpunk shooter” budget for things like food and rent.
On a slightly editorial note, can I just once again point out how rad those shades are? If any of you wanna buy my love this Christmas, now you know what to look for.
Also, those tiny cocktail weiners. Those lil’ guys are my only vice.