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Eidos New Entry in the Thief Franchise is a Reboot?

Well done. I did not see you approach.

It looks like Thief 4 won't be a sequel at all, rather a reboot of the Thief franchise.

The official site for the upcoming release was published earlier, revealing a new title for the game using a different font than the previous 3 games, a different logo, and missing the numeral 4. The only thing the site shows currently is a huge city gate with several of it's citizens gathered around it wearing clothing that seems to be heavily influenced by Victorian Europe. 

Also recently released was this trailer teasing the upcoming Game Informer write up for the new game. It shows, among other things, Garrett's new look, which is much more elaborate than his traditional cloak; new bow; and some motion capture of the game.

Also worth noting is the character art of Garrett visible at 0:52. I'm keeping this spoiler free, but long time fans of the franchise may want to take a look at his right eye. It might be my imagination but if I'm seeing what I think I'm seeing, it's fair to assume the events of this game progress differently than that of the original Looking Glass title.

Considering this is coming from Eidos Montreal, the makers of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, what do you expect from the newly re-titled Thief? Let us know below!




03/06/2013 at 03:14 PM

Well dang up until today kept seeing it was a sequel for the series, well anywho if it is a reboot then I can finally try the series out when it releases for the PS4 and not feel lost.


03/06/2013 at 03:26 PM

Yeah i'm the same as Nicoleb1989. It will kinda make it easier for me to get into next gen


03/06/2013 at 04:02 PM

I never played Thief but based on what I've always picked up on from you, Thief and Deus Ex are pretty different beasts. I really loved Deus Ex HR so I know they are on the right track for the gameplay and the ideas they can build on from that game for the Deus Ex series. But I'll have to differ to your judgement and critiques when it comes to Thief since I know nothing about what the old games felt like and what made them great.

Thief will or should be 1st person right? Sounds a lot like Dishonored. I haven't seen any gameplay or anything from the new Thief but I'm really hoping it's more Dishonored and less Assassins Creed. I don't want it to turn into the swashbuckling Pirates of The Caribbean nonsense that AC turned into. I heard you say before that the old games made you feel very vulnerable, I hope they can make the new game like that. I'm only slightly worried because seeing the Victorian dress, cathedrals, swords, and armor makes me think too much of Assassins Creed and I really want Thief to be something that feels, looks, and sounds unique and isn't cribbing a bunch of things from AC.

If this game has even a pinch of Dishonored in it where I can have lots of systems to play with and ways to traverse areas and complete missions, and a tiny pinch of Dark Souls making me feel vulnerable and challenged I think it would be pretty great.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

03/06/2013 at 04:15 PM

I wrote a piece a while ago where I compared Thief to Dishonored. In the original games, Garrett is NOT a fighter by any stretch. You don't want to get spotted or end up in a sword fight. The video does say that they are trying to make the kind of game that you can play any way you want (like Dishonored) so that may be different this time around. 

Thief, in my opinion, should absolutely be a first person game. That's what made the Looking Glass developed Thief titles so intense. Don't worry about the setting, the original games took a pretty similar visual cue. It's Victorian sure, but expect to see a different take on it than Assassin's Creed. One of the biggest plot points in Thief was the conflict between industry and nature. Who knows if they're going to go there again, but I don't see why they wouldn't. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

03/06/2013 at 05:55 PM

I remember playing the original thief, sneaking through the shadows, murdering innocent people.  There was nothing like it before and it really blew my mind.  I hope a reboot does the series justice.  

Ryan Bunting Staff Alumnus

03/07/2013 at 12:15 PM

Even if it's a reboot, I think Eidos Montreal should be able to do it some justice.  The original Thief games were fantastic, and are iconic of the early PC gaming era.  I think it's about time somebody else did stealth right.  High hopes for this one!

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