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Thief 4 storyboard images leaked

Thief 4 storyboard images leaked

Images from supposed storyboards for Thief 4 have surfaced online.

Images supposedly from a storyboard sequence for Thief 4 - which we still refuse to call Thi4f, despite Eidos' insistence - have surfaced online.

The images were posted on the personal blog of Marlon Deane, an artist working for Goldtooth Studios - the same company behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution's cutscenes.

The blog has since been taken down, along with threads discussing the images on Thief 4's official site, but Eidos has not yet released a comment.

Interestingly, the storyboard images indicate that Thief 4 will stay with the semi-medieval setting used in previous Thief games, rather than the modern setting proposed by original Thief developer Looking Glass Studios.

With Looking Glass Studios having sadly long since expired, development of Thief 4 passes to Eidos Montreal - who recently released Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Eidos Montreal art director confirmed to Eurogamer that the team was refocusing on Thief 4 back in June.

Check out the images below, read Joe's reminiscing about the Thief series, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

Thief 4 storyboard images leaked
Thief 4 storyboard images leaked
Thief 4 storyboard images leaked
Thief 4 storyboard images leaked

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Hovis 3rd November 2011, 11:50 Quote
Oh joy. The same guys developing a Thief game that thought Deus Ex needed boss fights. I'm so excited I could throw up.
SchizoFrog 3rd November 2011, 12:17 Quote
I have this horrible feeling that the final graphics AND atmosphere of the game will not even live up to the storyboard images.
Gunsmith 3rd November 2011, 12:18 Quote
PRESS X TO SNEAK!
greypilgers 3rd November 2011, 12:23 Quote
Amidst all the doom and gloom I shall quietly stay optimistic and hope this could be a game that lives up to it's (rose-tinted) predecessors.

:o)
Spreadie 3rd November 2011, 13:02 Quote
Where's Garrett's dodgy eye? Nowhere to be seen in those illustrations!

I hope this turns out well, being a big fan of the Thief series.
Scroome 3rd November 2011, 13:32 Quote
Actually, I got more of an early industrial era from the images, than Medieval. The clothing that the women are wearing and some of the interior pics made me think this.
WildThing 3rd November 2011, 13:37 Quote
Wonder if it will use the same engine as DX:HR.
Redbeaver 3rd November 2011, 13:55 Quote
i miss Thief series so bad, no matter how crappy/console-y this is, i'll pick up a copy.


wait... then again Hitman now got path-view and x-ray vision.... :(
Zurechial 3rd November 2011, 14:28 Quote
I'm not sure how to feel about this in light of DXHR.
It was okay, not amazing; and let down by some horrible game design decisions (without even thinking of the boss fights).

It was weird that TDS felt like a Thief game for me despite some huge changes to the gameplay by a different development company - But I just can't get my hopes up that it could happen again and that Thief 4 will capture the same atmosphere.
That atmosphere was crucial to my enjoyment of the previous Thief games; and I worry that Eidos Montreal might be emboldened by their successes with DXHR and go too far in their own direction with this one.
Mentai 3rd November 2011, 15:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
i miss Thief series so bad, no matter how crappy/console-y this is, i'll pick up a copy.


wait... then again Hitman now got path-view and x-ray vision.... :(

Surely that just makes it more accessible? Have some self restraint and just don't use that vision if you want to be hardcore instead of whining about it on the internet. I don't see how you can possibly have a problem with added options that are optional.
Anfield 3rd November 2011, 15:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by WildThing
Wonder if it will use the same engine as DX:HR.

It will most likely just be a reskinned DX:HR, same will probably apply to Hitman Absolution.
knuck 3rd November 2011, 16:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mentai
Surely that just makes it more accessible? Have some self restraint and just don't use that vision if you want to be hardcore instead of whining about it on the internet. I don't see how you can possibly have a problem with added options that are optional.


We are (PC Gamers) elitists bast4rdss, that's why
Yemerich 3rd November 2011, 20:51 Quote
Game modes:
Nightmare > Hardcore > Hard > Normal > Easy > Extra easy > Pre school baby > Console players

Each one should come with its own features.

Btw, "Thi4f" is a ridiculous name.. I too refuse to call it like that. This and call FallOut 3 "Fallout"
Spreadie 3rd November 2011, 21:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yemerich
Game modes:
Nightmare > Hardcore > Hard > Normal > Easy > Extra easy > Pre school baby > Console players
:)
SMIFFYDUDE 3rd November 2011, 21:14 Quote
I'd hoped they'd got rid of THI4F as the title by now.
The game looks like its entered the victorian age by the looks of the woman.
hyperion 3rd November 2011, 21:29 Quote
I can't help but think... THIAF.
E_Spaghetti 3rd November 2011, 23:45 Quote
Wow, this game is still around?
I had the first one running on my first windows pc, back in 1999.
I still have the game..lol
metarinka 4th November 2011, 04:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mentai
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redbeaver
i miss Thief series so bad, no matter how crappy/console-y this is, i'll pick up a copy.


wait... then again Hitman now got path-view and x-ray vision.... :(

Surely that just makes it more accessible? Have some self restraint and just don't use that vision if you want to be hardcore instead of whining about it on the internet. I don't see how you can possibly have a problem with added options that are optional.

too much nostalgia. I was a huge hitman fan, but that game play style is pretty outdated compared to modern stealth games. I watched the 15 minutes of gameplay footage and it looked somewhat batman AA inspired, but that's honestly not a bad thing the game play looked appropriate the tone and subtle humor were still there and of course the graphics looked good.

i'm bummed that they dropped jesper kyde and the original voice talent but I'll have high hopes. For both hitman and thief 4
pas7680 4th November 2011, 12:59 Quote
As long as they forget all about thief 3 and follow the style of the first two games i'll be happy.
mediapcAddict 4th November 2011, 20:16 Quote
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We still won't call it Thi4f

good for you.

4's are A's
3's are E's

I don't care if it is the 4th in series it just looks dumb. they could call it
" Te4 Le4f "
if they like.

Even if it was the 3rd in the series and edios had called it thi3f and I would still respect people more for calling it theif 3.

Maybe someone who has learnt enough stealth skill could sneak into edios studios and change the title to thief 4 .
SMIFFYDUDE 4th November 2011, 23:28 Quote
Eidos or 4idos but not edios.
Eriol 5th November 2011, 01:31 Quote
It's certainly great that they've decided to stick with the medieval setting. Hopefully we'll have Garrett too. And the same old style cut scenes too! I don't want no game engine cut scenes, especially if they're going to use the Crystal engine for this game. I don't even see how it would be viable, DXHR had about the shittiest shadows I've seen in a game in years. Eidos/Square Enix should really not be using it for any game. It was fine for Tomb Raider years ago, but sheesh it was fugly in DXHR. Yet another example how designing things for console first leads to crappy results.

Oh man, I really really hope they don't screw this up. DXHR was decent enough, but Thief 4 needs to be a lot more than decent.
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