Frequently Asked Questions about ZODIAC
Initial version by Jim McBrearty
Q: When is ZODIAC going to be released?
A: The first installment of ZODIAC is out NOW! This includes one full
mission; head over to the Download page to
grab it! A full version is estimated to be released at the end of this
Q: I have a slow 56k connection. Is there a way to ease the pain of the
A: We recommend using a download manager such as Get
Right to support resuming your download. We are planning to try and
get it distributed on the cover disk of a gaming magazine if possible.
Q: Who do you play as in ZODIAC? Can you customise the way they look?
A: You play as Paul Denton in ZODIAC, and yes you *can* change the colour
of his skin and hair as you could do previously :-)
Q: Is this all based on old Deus Ex characters?
A: Some of the old characters are used, as well as some new ones.
Q: Does JC Denton make an appearance?
Q: When is ZODIAC set? Is it in the Deus Ex timeline?
A: ZODIAC is set approximately half way through the original time of Deus
Ex, around the time of the Hong Kong mission. When you first receive your
briefing, you see it's in a familiar place...
Q: Do you need the latest patch to run ZODIAC?
A: You need to have at least version 1.109 or later. The 1.112fm
patch (36 MB) is available here.
Q: What new weapons have you added in ZODIAC?
A: You'll just have to play through the game to find out...
Q: Is there voice acting?
A: Much of the familiar "generic" NPC audio has been restored,
but there's no audio for the custom dialogue. We believe that time
is better spent on creating gameplay. Besides, without access to professional
voice actors, that could end up being pretty cheesy!
Q: Is ZODIAC really hard to install and run?
A: Not at all, it uses a completely automatic installer and uninstaller
and is launched with its own icon. It does not need a separate mod loader.
Q: Does ZODIAC use any of the original missions from Deus Ex?
A: The initial briefing you are given is at Tracer Tong's underground
Lab in Hong Kong, and the opening cinematic is set in the "Grand
Hall" from the Versalife facility. All other locations are completely
Q: What are the minimum specifications for running ZODIAC?
A: If your computer can run Deus Ex comfortably, it should be able to
run ZODIAC fine. You may experience some frame rate drops in certain outdoor
areas of the CIA level, depending on your hardware, but the areas where
there is potential for combat should run smoothly.
Q: What combat difficulty level should I play ZODIAC on? I really don't
want to rush through it.
A: During testing, it became obvious that there is quite a wide variety
of players out there. If you're the type of player that thought the combat
in the original game was too easy, then you should go with Medium or Hard.
If you'd still like a challenge, but don't want to dwell so much on optimising
your ammo and head shots, go with Easy. As the first mission, the
CIA level features "exploration" style gameplay, though there
is some opportunity for carnage. :) Some of the future maps will be more
Q: After installing ZODIAC,
I try to launch it with the ZODIAC icon, but get the error "Can't
find Function in file 'Function DeusExPlayer.Possess" along with
some other junk. It looks like this. Help!
A: I incorrectly stated in the
Readme.txt file that version 1.014 of Deus Ex is good enough to run ZODIAC.
Turns out you need at least version 1.109. The version 1.112fm
patch is more commonly found, such as here.
Apparently if you have certain versions of Deus Ex, like the ones
that come bundled with hardware, you will need to upgrade to 1.109. (from
there you can upgrade to 1.112fm if you want) The 1.109 patch
is much harder to find, but at the time of this writing, you can find