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Thief reboot out on PC, PS4, and “next-gen” in 2014

Tuesday, 5 March 2013 15:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Thief 4 has been revealed, and its a reboot titled “Thief”.

The game is also the next Game Informer cover for April and is described as follows according to magazine’s summary:

“Series hero Garrett returns to the Gothic, industrial metropolis known simply as the City to steal any and everything that will make him richer.

“Unfortunately, the City is broiling with social tension as it is ravaged by a plague and lorded over by a political tyrant known as the Baron. In order to survive his adventures, Garrett will have to pay attention to his environment and make use of the may possible paths through each of the game’s levels.”

“We’re handling a precious gemstone with Thief,” said Eidos Montreal GM Stephane D’Astous in the press release. “Fans remember the original games very fondly and we want to preserve that essence – which we have excellent experience of doing at Eidos-Montréal – whilst also introducing Thief to a brand new, next-generation, audience.

“Our goal is to deliver the fantasy of being Garrett, THE master thief, and we’re building this game around that core experience.”

The game is down for a 2014 release “on PC, PS4 and next-generation consoles,” and has been in development at Eidos Montreal for a while now, and the next-gen rumor has been around for just as long. A short video discussing the game’s development with Edios Montreal is below.

Hit up OXM for more, and NeoGAF has the screenshots pulled from VK.com, a Russian social network which acquired the shots from the GamesManiac website social group (thanks, ShaiKhulud).

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32 Comments

  1. ShowUsYourLunch

    Yay! LOVED Human Revolution. Dishonored didnt quite scratch my itch for openworld stealth. Stoked for this :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. miles97

    Finally

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ShaiKhulud

    Hi, i’m from Russia. VK.com is not a site – it’s social network. Shots was leaked in GamesManiac website social group.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Fin

    Looks great.

    Hope it’s not as punishing as the original games (ie more like Deus Ex/Dishonored in its stealth).

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Some of those look horrible for a next-gen game. The Dishonored look is not the problem though because if anything, Dishonored was seriously Thief-ish.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    @3 K thanks. Also, all the Game Informer information is in there now, along with a short video.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Thief 4… I just hope it’s a real Thief game like the first two games were you need to know what you are doing.

    Deus:Ex was okay, Dishonored was a piece of crap with teleportation, I hope they will do it right. It should be a thief game and not some shooter… with teleportation and stuff.
    Thief must be weak and he must be strong in the shadows. That’s what it is about. + I hope for some serious issues with armor, health… I hope there will be NO REGENERATION at All like in these stupid consoles. I hope for some decent gadgets that are strong as a thief gadgets, not some knife that can kill an army like in assassins Creed games.

    I hope that bow will have a lot of stuff like in the past 2 games. I want hardcore stealth game where you need to think.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Sadismek

    I’m just glad this will see the day light. They can tweak the graphics as much as they want to, or leave them as they are – if Eidos can come up with a worthy sequel to Deadly Shadows, I’m a happy man.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Samoan Spider

    @7 Surprisingly, I actually agree with you ;). This could be really good, I just hope they don’t go all Invisible War on us with it. Please don’t make it ‘accessible’ which we all know is code for dumbed down.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. KrazyKraut

    Water Arrows <3 <3

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Edo

    Jeez…even the plot sounds a lot like Dishonored
    ” Unfortunately, the City is broiling with social tension as it is ravaged by a plague and lorded over by a political tyrant known as the Baron. In order to survive his adventures, Garrett will have to pay attention to his environment and make use of the may possible paths through each of the game’s levels.”

    #11 2 years ago
  12. viralshag

    @7, Can you name some of those awesome sounding “hardcore” stealth games that are on the PC? I would have thought such games would be all over the place on the platform, maybe I’m just not looking in the right places.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @12, When i’m talking about Hardcore stealth games i’m talking about Thief 1 and 2. That were designed for the PC platform in mind. They were fantastic and hard.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dave Cook

    This looks fucking mint. I really like stealth games.

    Seriously want to be playing this right now.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. viralshag

    @13, Well it’s good to see PC devs still give people those sort of games rather than the devs that give people the very good Dishonoured and DX:HRs that you get on all platforms including consoles… oh wait.

    You’re kidding yourself if you think it won’t be like those games.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @viralshag,
    It does not matter what platform right now. I just want good stealth game. they have a chance because it is a reboot.

    Water arrows should be there at least. I can feel that.

    DE:HR was not bad at all. I liked it, just not as Deus Ex 1, but still it was a nice game. Montreal can improve with Thief reboot.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Gheritt White

    I hate intentionally hard games that punish players and wilfully halt smooth progression through the campaign.

    That’s what difficulty settings are for and I hope they’re implemented here – if you want to punish yourself, go right ahead and do it! Just don’t force everyone *else* to have a crap time just because *you’re* a flippin’ masochist.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. hives

    @11 – Dishonored rip-off? Lol :P

    Baron was in original Thief. He ruled The City in original Thief. Also – it would be weird to have steampunk-medieval city without a plague xd

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    Thief were not games that are for masochists. It was a game about being a “thief” that is weak like every human being out there.
    You had a lot of advantages in the shadows, with gadgets, bow and stuff.

    I hope to have the same feeling with decent adventure and challenge. It should not be like if you are not in the shadows you can kill your enemies pretty easy.

    I also hate games that are intentionally hard that push difficulty for no reason at all, but it should be a Thief game.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Edo

    @18 Not saying that it’s a Dishonored rip-off but they do have certain things in common,just look at that Brothel screenshot.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. fearmonkey

    I loved thief 1 and 2 but enjoyed thief 3 the most due to atmosphere, graphics and polish. Thief 1 and 2 were more difficult but they weren’t impossible. I admit that I didn’t care for the zombies and non-human enemies, it was more fun when i was going against regular humans.

    Those screens remind me of a cross between Dishonored and the Thief:Deadly Shadows, they look good though a bit too bright. I liked the darker design of the original games.

    A few of those screens made me think back to the game Heretic. I wish some dev would make a fantasy shooter again, something like Heretic and Hexen.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Arkorvo

    I think people saying it looks like Dishonoured are coming from that angle because maybe their not familiar with the Thief franchise.

    They look similar because Dishonoured is hugely inspired by Thief and Arkane have always been Thief fans, not to mention some of the developers also worked on the old Thief games.

    @5 I don’t see anything remotely horrible in any of those screens?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. TheBlackHole

    @17 +100

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Talkar

    About time! This is gonna be good :P
    Also, i really like how the PS4 is not considered a next gen console ^^
    Anyways, i hope they make an awesome game. The bacon god knows we haven’t had many Stealth games in recent years. Only Absolution comes to mind, seeing as how Dishonored were way too focused on action and not punishing you for being detected.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. ps4fanboy

    I’ve never played any Thief games before, but the hype around this makes me wanna go get previous Thief games.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. YoungZer0

    Doesn’t look like it would include any Steam Punk elements.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. TheWulf

    For those looking for a good stealth experience, hit up ‘The Dark Project’ on Google. The real question here is: Will this be better than The Dark Project? That remains to be seen.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. polygem

    wohoo this is so cool!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Stardog

    If it’s mostly a 1st-person game like those leaked screenshots, then serious respect to this company (even though I didn’t like the recent Deus Ex). If it is 3rd person, then I’m just hoping more inspiration is taken from Batman rather than the crappy series that is Assassin’s Creed.

    The screens remind me of Dishonored a little, which is a good thing.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. nollie4545

    Damn, another thirty quid blown this year!

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Edo

    Some gameplay info :
    - Navigation beacon shows players where to go
    - Dev. team wants players to explore environments as they see fit
    - Multiple entrances and exists in each room
    - Multiple options available for stealth approach
    - “Focus” mechanic: has many uses, including being able to aid Garrett’s vision as he navigates through open levels
    - Focus lights up the screen and highlights pipes you can climb + candles you can put out to make the room darker
    - Can upgrade Focus
    - Doing so will give you a bigger radius of things to see
    - Fingerpints system: gives you hints on which drawers are best to look in
    - Every drawer is accessible
    - Can pickpocket
    - Use Focus while pickpocketing to slow time and swipe up to three times as many items from others
    - Can spend money to upgrade supplies and equipment at the end of each mission
    - Various artifacts are scattered throughout the game’s levels
    - Can use these to decorate Garrett’s hideout
    - Garrett is motivated by the thrill of stealing something that others can’t take
    - Focus will show a number of attack points on enemies
    - Can select a point (like the chest) to do a quick push that will buy him more time to dash off into the shadows
    - Can also string together a number of points to perform a more debilitating attack
    - Team is trying to find a balance between making combat enjoyable and allowing players to enter combat if they want
    - Major mechanics are in
    More details here http://gamingeverything.com/42090/thief-tons-of-details-from-game-informer/

    #31 2 years ago
  32. nollie4545

    Sounds good but beacons in a game where you are supposed to explore your way to the target are not good. Half the fun of thief was robbing stuff because you could. No-lethal attacks and running away or climbing etc will be good.

    Hope they make the game dark like it should be.

    #32 2 years ago

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    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]