"Removing the suck from Deus Ex." It's an odd slogan, but that's what Shifter does, what little of it there is. In my opinion anyway. A little mod that started off as an effort to get the damn laser sight to turn on automatically now includes additional augmentations, unique weapons, new game mechanics, bugfixes, restored game content, and even a complete and working alt-fire option for almost every weapon. All of this, seamlessly integrated into the existing game, capable of running simultaneously with almost any other Deus Ex mod. Play your favorite mod, then play it again, "Shifter-ized".

For those of you who are sticklers for actual, quantifiable advantages, here are a few features which Shifter brings to Deus Ex:

  • "Replacable" Augmentations: Find a new aug you just have to have? Now you can replace an existing augmentation with one found in an augmentation canister. Just use a medical bot to install it, like you would with any other augmentation.

  • New/Better Augmentations: In unmodified Deus Ex, many of the augmentations were of limited to no value, or only useful in very specific situations. Shifter attempts to rectify this by modifying how some of these augs work (like Microfibral Muscle) or by replacing them completely with new, superior augs. (like Electrostatic Discharge)

  • Alt-Fire: Long since overdue, most weapons in Deus Ex now have alt-fire modes, accessed through a separate alt-fire key. Now you can unleash a napalm bomb from your Flamethrower, or throw those ever-so-common Combat Knives at unsuspecting NPCs. For weapons without alt-fire, the button doubles as a scope toggle key.

  • Unique Weapons: Scattered throughout the game in key locations are new and ever-so-deadly weapons. These weapons are unique, and only appear in that one location, nowhere else, to balance their power.

  • Random NPC Inventory: In a realistic setting one would never be able to say for certain what a random passerby on the street might have on them. Shifter incorporates this into Deus Ex, giving NPCs hostile, neutral and friendly alike randomly determined items. Perhaps nothing more than some extra credits, perhaps some food or cigarettes, but maybe even a contraband substance or weapon.

  • Additional Skill System: It seems somewhat unfair that a player is not rewarded with skill points for some acts of true skill, feats like defeating a room full of MiBs, or perhaps walking within just a few feet of them without being detected. Either way, combat or stealth, players are now rewarded for their feats of skill.

  • Deadlier NPCs: Many of the additions made to Shifter would seem to shift the balance of power almost exclusively to the player. To counteract this, NPC AI and skill has been upgraded. Enemies shoot better, aim quicker, and dodge faster. Never underestimate a Shifter NPC. (Well, when I finish all the AI tweaks, anyway. :P)

I've spent far more time on this mod than any other project I've ever undertaken, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. I may get distracted from time to time, or be mostly happy with a release only to find a few flaws in it several months down the road, but I will never abandon the mod. The day I stop maintaining Shifter is the day after the Deus Ex modding community officially dies.

For those of you who are brave, check out my Savefile Project Folder from time to time. It's where I store various "snapshot" builds of Shifter as I add features between releases. You'll get to play with new goodies between the official releases, at the slight cost of having to deal with possible bugs, crash-tacular errors, and other beta-esque things.

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Yep, I'm back. Short version is, HDTP issued a beta release and I needed to update Shifter to take advantage of it. Of course it took me damn near half a year to do it, but still, it got done in the end. There's a v1.9 Release Candidate going up in the download section. If nobody finds any major bugs in it, it'll become the official v1.9 release.

Oh, and as for what I've been doing? Long, long story involving herniated discs. But coding, as always, and a little bit of fragging. I do play Borderlands 2 now for those of you who have my Steam ID, but I also make sure to keep up on the classics like Deus Ex.

And a slightly funny story to share: part of the reason why this update took me so long was that I ran into some technical difficulties that necessitated me reinstalling Deus Ex. Why is that funny? Because that's the first time I've had to do that since I originally installed the game. Deus Ex is such an uncomplicated install that it relies on no registry settings or other such nonsense, a point in its favor if you ask me. That means I've been able to just copy the game install from hard drive to hard drive as I switch computers. Not only that, I've had the game since just a few months after its initial release, before the v1112fm patch even. For those of you who don't want to do the math there, that means I've been using the same install of Deus Ex for thirteen years. Thirteen! I know people say the game holds up well, but I don't think they meant in that way.

So yes, little bit of humor there for you. I've finally had to resort to using the Steam version as my primary testing/gameplay install of the game. That's probably not a bad thing since I would guess it's what version the majority of Deus Ex players use these days.

Where's Yuki?

Where's Yuki?

5 years ago News 10 comments

So why haven't I been updating Shifter, eh? Where am I and what am I doing?

Shifter v1.8.3

Shifter v1.8.3

6 years ago News 1 comment

Okay, not much a version, but necessary after the screwup with v1.8.2 (sorry sorry sorry).

DEMO VERSION!?! (or "oops, I screwed up")

DEMO VERSION!?! (or "oops, I screwed up")

6 years ago News 2 comments

Oops, I messed up. Looks like some people's computers don't like my fix for the demo version. My bad. I'm fixing it.

Swine flu, you, and Shifter v1.8.2

Swine flu, you, and Shifter v1.8.2

6 years ago News 3 comments

I'm releasing something I'm willing to call v1.8.2 because I'm sick of life delaying its release. I think it works. Maybe.

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Shifter v1.9 RC1

Shifter v1.9 RC1

2 years ago Full Version 20 comments

Another release candidate for v1.9. This version removes some demo-detection code which was causing issues for some users when trying to start a new game...

Texture Pack BETA

Texture Pack BETA

3 years ago Patch 9 comments

Quick and dirty readme... To "install" this pack, just drop it into your DeusEx\System folder. That's it. Gives textures for the RoF mod, light rocket...

Shifter v1.8.4

Shifter v1.8.4

4 years ago Full Version 15 comments

This is just a quick and dirty release of Shifter v1.8.4. At least, it's probably Shifter v1.8.4. It's stable, it has a number of changes (mostly bugfixes...

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Y|yukichigai Jul 27 2013 replied:

No you will not. If you have an existing playthrough you can install Shifter and go from there.

However, I would recommend using Shifter from the beginning. If you haven't beaten Deus Ex yet, do it once without Shifter installed, THEN play it with Shifter. The base game is worth playing by itself.

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Y|yukichigai Jul 27 2013 replied:

Yes, this works with the Steam version. The Steam version is now my primary install of Deus Ex.

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aniket_d Apr 27 2013 says:

Can I run this with the new vision mod?
Also should the use the unofficial patch over the goty version of the game?
thank you.

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sakerr1 Jul 10 2013 replied:

It works with New Vision

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TheUnbeholden Jan 31 2013 says:

2027 has a inventory for corpses, man I've been waiting to see that in Deus Ex for a long time (and a buy menu for vending machines). That and it would be nice to have effective tranquilizer darts, and retrievable throwing knives after stuck them in enemies.

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plausiblesarge Jan 13 2013 says:

Yuki, I know this is a HUGE ask, so I expect a "no" but when you update this mod to support the new HDTP Beta, can you please update BioMod as well. That mod is based off yours, so shouldnt be too hard to figure out, and the author has abandoned it. It would be a shame to let such a great mod become incompatible with the future of DX

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Llazarus Mar 30 2013 replied:

I can't express how much I support this inquiry. I feel I'm speaking for majority when I say that Shifter/BioMod and HDTP beta (also possible future releases) would be the best combination to experience DX currently. Additionally we have already New Vision completed and ReVision with a solid release date. Updating Shifter or/and BioMod to be compatible with new HDTP would simply put a brilliant finishing touch to the vanilla game.

Patiently waiting for a Deus Ex miracle.

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Y|yukichigai Creator
Y|yukichigai Jul 27 2013 replied:

For any modifications to BioMod you'd have to talk to Lork. However, he's more than welcome to just straight up cut-paste my code into his mod. Anyone is really, so long as they credit me.

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Awesome. Thanks for your hard work.

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