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Eidos Montreal confirms Thief 4

Eidos Montreal confirms Thief 4

Eidos Montreal has confirmed that Thief 4 is currently in the early stages of development.

Eidos Montreal boss St├ęphane D'Astous has finally confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in modern gaming; that the studio is currently working on a fourth game in the influential Thief series.

Originally developed by the legendary Looking Glass Studios, Thief is often held up as the grandfather of the stealth genre and won critical acclaim when the first game was released in 1998. A sequel was later released that cemented the legacy and while the third game wasn't quite as popular, owing mainly to the collapse of Looking Glass Studios, it was still a damn good game.

"[Thief] shook the ground a decade ago, and we're trying our best to bring it to market and break new ground," D'Astous told IncGamers yesterday.

The fact that Eidos has been working on a new Thief game isn't exactly a surprise as the team had heavily hinted at the project previously, but this is the first time official confirmation has been given.

Interestingly though, this won't be the first time that a fourth Thief game has gone into development. A previous attempt to restart the franchise was set to bring Garrett into a more modern setting and was rumoured to use a presentation that would have been very close to Mirror's Edge, but years before it. Unfortunately though, the project never really got off the ground and Eidos will neither confirm nor deny that it will be giving the series the modern treatment this time around.

"The setting, the character, the story, the features - anything related to the actual content of the game, we cannot discuss for now," said D'Astous. "What I can say is that people are going to be very happily surprised and impressed. I think that we've put our finger on a number of things. Innovation and originality will be important, and I think it's going to serve this great franchise very well."

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UncertainGod 12th May 2009, 13:23 Quote
So is it Thief 4 or ThiAf?
Leitchy 12th May 2009, 13:26 Quote
Gonna love it!
Yemerich 12th May 2009, 13:35 Quote
please.. no modern thief... PLEASE!

Anyway, good old times of creative studios like looking glass... Ultima underworld.. that birngs me tears... :/
proxess 12th May 2009, 13:47 Quote
It'd already been spotted the other day on the Eidos Montreal website. Thi4f.
CardJoe 12th May 2009, 14:02 Quote
Sod that. I'm calling it Thief 4, because I'm not an easily-led moron who'll let his memory of this great series be defiled by someone in the Eidos marketting team who thinks he's 'with it'.

FFS.
liratheal 12th May 2009, 14:05 Quote
Please please please don't suck.
Veles 12th May 2009, 14:08 Quote
On a slightly related note, seen the gameplay footage of BGE2?
Paradigm Shifter 12th May 2009, 14:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Sod that. I'm calling it Thief 4, because I'm not an easily-led moron who'll let his memory of this great series be defiled by someone in the Eidos marketting team who thinks he's 'with it'.

FFS.

Wholeheartedly seconded. Replacing letters with numbers to appear 'cool' just provides proof that a Darwin Award is required.
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Please please please don't suck.

Basically, be like Thief or Thief 2. Don't, don't, don't be like Thief 3.
CardJoe 12th May 2009, 15:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
On a slightly related note, seen the gameplay footage of BGE2?

I saw this, which nicely represented my more cynical reaction to the footage:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/316982.html
Journeyer 12th May 2009, 15:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yemerich
please.. no modern thief... PLEASE

QFT!
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Originally Posted by Yemerich

...Ultima underworld..

Oh man! Those games were fun!
I'd buy Underworld 3, and, come to think of it, Ultima X as well. :D
SazBard 12th May 2009, 16:03 Quote
Thief in modern times just will not do! Epic fail!

Personally I think Deadly shadows was the best one.

Can't wait for this to come out now =)
barack 12th May 2009, 16:09 Quote
correct its not thief4 but anyways great share, looking forward for this.
dylAndroid 12th May 2009, 18:59 Quote
Even though it does not fit with the feel of the story, I've always wanted to play multiplayer Theif. Coop mode would be neat, as would competing in a level to get more loot while getting the other guy busted, as would playing some kind of deathmatch using the Theif stealth engine. Deathmatch should include plenty of NPCs, also, to keep things more difficult.
knuck 12th May 2009, 20:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Sod that. I'm calling it Thief 4, because I'm not an easily-led moron who'll let his memory of this great series be defiled by someone in the Eidos marketting team who thinks he's 'with it'.

FFS.

the only exception, I think, being Left 4 Dead because the 4 actually means two things that are related to the game
naokaji 12th May 2009, 21:39 Quote
Please don't screw it up, please don't screw it up, please don't screw it up...

I can't wait for it, but at the same time I'm afraid that as a fan of the first ones I'll be disappointed.
Veles 13th May 2009, 01:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
I saw this, which nicely represented my more cynical reaction to the footage:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/316982.html

Same here, I'm not too impressed by the Assassins Creed likeness of it. Time will tell though.
Andy Mc 13th May 2009, 04:53 Quote
Well if it is set in a modern setting, I wonder if part of the game will require you to torrent a new film from the pirate bay, only to then have to try and escape the clutches of the MPAA, using nothing but a super soaker to put out light bulbs and nike Air MAX trainers to sneak around unheard?
SMIFFYDUDE 13th May 2009, 17:41 Quote
Its unlikely to be called THI4F, because i've seen the thread on the eidos' thief4 forum, its huge and overwhelmingly negative. Same on the modern setting topic.

I share naokaji's fears that the game may dissapoint. I'd rather see the first two games re-released with improved graphics than play a new game that makes to many consessions to console play and as a result is too easy, like Deadly Shadows. But i'm being unfair, theres nothing to say it won't be a great game yet.
Draksis 26th November 2009, 08:40 Quote
I can't wait for this to come out, but really hope it doesn't suck badly.

though I do agree with SmiffyDude in an extent, I played the first 2 to death and back, so playing old content with new graphics is not going to interest me at all.
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