Eidos going the Deus Ex route with Thief 4, treating it like a “new IP”

Thursday, 19th April 2012 14:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Eidos Montreal GM Stephane D’Astous has said Thief 4 will be about more than “just stealth,” as the game is being developed much the same way as Deus Ex in that it contains classic gameplay elements mixed with new features.

“We have more international staff working on Thief, which brings a great flavour to the game,” D’Astous told OXM. “There are a lot of challenges to bringing back a great cult IP, but we consider it like a new IP and we are going to respect the spirit of the franchise like we did with Deus Ex.

“Deus Ex was the kick-start of this new series of great games, and Thief will be part of that. We don’t want to deliver the same each time. Our mandate is to bring new stuff to the table; games that we’ll be talking about for years.”

Thief 4 is was mentioned as being in the works last year, and is being built with Unreal 3. It is also rumored to feature online play.

A date has yet to be announced.




  1. LOLshock92

    Deus Ex = masterpiece.
    Human Revolution = average game.

    Figure it out.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Malmer

    DX:HR was an amazing game with terrible bosses. I think treating it as a new IP and give creator’s a bit more freedom is the way to go. Simply taking the old and making slight improvements won’t work very well.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. LOLshock92

    @2 – Terrible bosses.
    - Terrible writing.
    - Terrible AI.
    - Terrible NPC models.
    - Terrible vents abuse.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    I’m excited to see what a new Thief looks like. :)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Maximum Payne

    @2 Agree.
    I would love some coop mission or campaign in Thief 4.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    Human Revolution was good, but was no Invisible War… Classic ;-)

    #6 3 years ago
  7. kelticdave

    #2 slightly improving on the core gameplay works just fine on other games. Why change a series like this it only alienates it’s core fanbase. I want a proper successor to thief 2 the mental age. Dues ex human revolution was a huge disappointment so reading this doesn’t give me much faith.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gheritt White

    @ #6: DX:HR was *awesome* and WAY better than DX2! What have you been smoking (…and where can I get some, I’ve run out)?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. LOLshock92

    Invisible War was a big failure.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Too ahead of its time for the casual market ;-)

    #10 3 years ago
  11. KodyxDestroyer

    Yes, I loved Human Revolution, makes me even more excited for this now.
    @3 the only thing true in that comment is terrible boss battles. Everything else is all opinion.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    I guess they don’t really have a choice. They obviously don’t have the team to make something that lives up to the original.

    HR was better than Invisible War, but then it doesn’t take much to be better than that. I think it was a lot closer to IW than Deus Ex at the end of the day.

    Both are ugly stepchildren in my opinion.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. fearmonkey

    @1 – Well, your complete failure was one of my favorite games last year, and many others agree with me. they did a heck of a job:)

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Sini

    HR was great, whiny old bitches gonna whine. I hope they bring jensen and the voice actor back for next one.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Len

    Any idea on when we’ll get to see/hear more on this vg247 folk?

    Can’t wait… :)

    #15 3 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    Do. Not. Understand.

    Really… don’t fuck this up, Eidos. Please do not fuck this up.

    The thing is is that Deus Ex didn’t really have a ‘setting,’ it was fairly typical, to be honest. The reason people loved it was because of the mechanics, not because of the world and lore, so there wasn’t a lot to sacrifice there.

    But Garrett has a fantastic world to romp around in, and the past three games (yes, even Deadly Shadows) have built upon that world beautifully. The joy of this is the grim, peculiar post-steampunk world that it had going on, but one where there’s just something oh so very wrong with it, but subtly and profoundly wrong, rather than an in your face sort of wrong (“ZOMG OUR WORLD IS SO CORRUPTED WITH THE FEL MAGIKZ, FIX IT!”).

    It’s a rare thing, I’d dare say even a beautiful thing. Please Eidos… just don’t fuck this up. And don’t… don’t abandon what made this setting so atmospheric, so enthralling.


    #16 3 years ago
  17. Edo

    Here we go again…………

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Charlie Sheen

    deus ex sucked but i hope thiefs better

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    Human Revolution was a good game with terrible bosses, but it was not amazing.

    How can you make a game where you fight bosses that changes the way you play in a sec. is just mind blowing.

    @OB, Invisible War is not a classic. Man… It’s actually terrible.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. fearmonkey

    @19 – Invisible war was not at all terrible. If that game wasn’t judged to the original it would have received much better press. I have played through the sequel many times and I love the game. The design decisions were questionable definitely, but the overall experience was still really fun.

    Thief:Deadly shadows was a great game, and after DeusEx:hr, i feel very assured thief 4 will be great too.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. LOLshock92

    @13 Not a failure, it’s a good game. That’s all.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Dragonborn

    i defeated dues ex HR boss fights with the typhoon way , so it’s like i didn’t go throw them at all !
    i absolutely loved that game it was amazing , i hope edios do as good as they did with HR

    #22 3 years ago
  23. GwynbleiddiuM

    Great, Call of Duty with daggers and crossbow inc…

    #23 3 years ago

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