Thief 4 officially uncloaked

Eidos Montreal crafting the cutpurse Garrett's new adventure; release date, platforms, gameplay details still under wraps.

For almost a year now, it has been an open secret that Eidos Montreal has been working on a new entry in the Thief franchise. Back then, the company issued a teaser notice explaining that its next project would begin with the letter 'T." Nothing was then heard officially about the project until last month, when yet another teaser was posted by Eidos Montreal, followed by a print advertisement indicating that news was coming today, May 11.

Today, the sequel was finally officially confirmed by Eidos Montreal, the Quebecois studio of the Japanese-owned British publisher. "We're in the early development stages for Thief 4," said Stephane D'Astous, the shop's general manager. "While it's too early for us to offer any specific game details, right now we are focused on recruiting the very best talent to join the core team at the studio." The game also has an official Web site, www.thief4.com, the forums on which are live.

The Thief franchise began life in 1998 with the highly rated Thief: The Dark Project, developed by Looking Glass Studios. The now-defunct shop released Thief II: The Metal Age two years later, followed by 2004's Thief: Deadly Shadows from Austin, Texas-based Ion Storm, which was shut down by owner Eidos in 2005. Series protagonist Garrett was rated one of the best game heroes ever in GameSpot's Greatest Games of All Time feature.

Eidos Montreal was founded in February 2007, and was revealed in November of that year to be working on another new game in a classic series, Deus Ex 3, due out in fall 2010.

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SuperB56
SuperB56

There are two games that Eidos has been a part of that have aways delivered a great experience no matter what anybody says...Hitman and Thief. I am keeping Thief 4 on my list of games to keep an eye on.

xGarrettThiefX
xGarrettThiefX

Just loaded Thief Gold and am now playing it in anticipation of Thief 4...

kalgert123
kalgert123

@ninoni that sounds like an awesome idea,thief 4 being more open-world-ed,events that don't permanently change like in thief 3 (where if you did anything there,the changes stayed) and hopefully allow you to actually manage what items you have,because having to use only a dagger to fight against people was utter madness...ofcourse the stealth,the amazing stealth...ah thosse were the days,i just hope nothing will be screwed up oh and i also was thinking of maybe a....day and night moments,i mean you are being chased around by guards anyway so why not have a day and night sequence and give the cities some dark areas to hide in

madglee
madglee

Welp, it's been 3 years; we may never see this, despite it being one of my favorite franchises.

GAMBINO85
GAMBINO85

Thief 4 is number 1 on my list. Hitman is gonna be awesome but Thief is the greatest series in gaming to me.

Genco-29
Genco-29

I have Deus Ex 3, (human revolution) because its 2012 :p but i loved thief 3, i have it on xbox and its an amazing game even today so i'm highly anticipating a thief 4

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

Hopefully the stealth will be awesome. After the death of the "Pre Conviction" version of Splinter Cell (R.I.P.) a real stealth series needs to be made. Thief 3 was a good game, so I'm looking forward to this one.

90790959
90790959

I've played all the parts of that game and i love this game. Garrett is most amazing character for me.

midway_nights
midway_nights

come on now, release the game already. its been really long wait.,,,,,,,7 years thief 3 was awesome and genius.

Keeper_Artemus
Keeper_Artemus

ahhhh, Thief....The way Assassin's Creed should have been.

ninoni
ninoni

they should make it open world like tes with more cities

ninoni
ninoni

great game cant wait for thief 4

rade77
rade77

One of the greatest games i ever played... Completely, story line, effects, shadows, music and scenes, engine ... With one word, perfect

chkmode
chkmode

yaar anixously waiting for that game :)

blairstheman
blairstheman

i hardly have played the first and second thief (thumbs down for me) but i have no doubt they are great games, but the game i fell in love with was thief deadly shadows. the hair raising tight quarters, escapes, sneakin around pagans hamerites, the creepy atmosphere was awesome, n the story was great too. I never have finished the game, i got to where one of the good factions turned into the hag or whatever n killed people n stuff, and the base was blocked off, i couldnt find my way up to the spot to get in, so i stopped playin. lol that was years ago

cometoforest
cometoforest

different developer studio often smells different game engine.. i hope it would be at least as the same quality it was.

Lonewolf2785
Lonewolf2785

Cant wait to play this game thief 3 was one of the scariest games I have played

ritz_blitz
ritz_blitz

thief 3 is the scariest game Ive ever played. especially that shale bridge cradle level... damn that was scary

midway_nights
midway_nights

Great! but pls make it in the same environment of deadly shadows.

DarkWatchman
DarkWatchman

Opps I meant to say the 1sts person was clunky in the 3rd one not the 1st person view.

DarkWatchman
DarkWatchman

It better have rope/vine arrows from the old ones. Also the clunky 3rd person view has to go. Deadly shadows focused to much on the 3rd person view and made the 1st person aspects clunky. Hopefully they have all good the good stuff from the first 2 thief games.

Artemis575
Artemis575

I can't wait for this game! If the developers are smart they'll design like thief 2 and not have an open world, but have thief 3 graphics.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Thief is without a doubt the most pulse raising game I have played, zombies moaning, hammerites chasing you down, constantly knowing your next move may be your last. I hope its quite an unforgiving game so it keeps the tension.

Dan21278
Dan21278

They should bring the guys Who made Assassins creed and Star Wars Knights of the old republic. Now That... would be Epic. XD!!!!

Evilnator
Evilnator

oh yes.. i cant wait for this...

Eternal_Warrior
Eternal_Warrior

Can't wait for Thief4. I enjoyed playing all the the previous games and hope to see the hammerites and pagans again.

Tuco_az
Tuco_az

Master Garrett and Thief 4 FTW I will stop playing whatever it is i am playing and burn it along with every other game disc i own for both my PS3 and 360 when Thief 4 comes out!

tjmic1
tjmic1

i can't believe the amount of people paying out deadly shadows!! it was clearly the best game of the series!! it had the most in-depth storyline, a free-roaming world, the best graphics and by far the best gameplay! if only thief 4 would follow (but expand) on the high standards set in deadly shadows.

voisin00fb
voisin00fb

As a popular Thief fan will tell you 2 things that made this game popular: 1. Horror 2. Control of the premises you have broken in. ps: dont make silly monsters to hide from. Humans are most harmful. johnny.smith5@yahoo.com

rebfaction
rebfaction

Oh great another thief game I love all the Thief games. Thief gold,Thief the metal age and Thief Deadly Shadows.But sadly they don't play on windows vista.I'am not buying Thief 4 if it does not came with a FIX OR A PATCH so that Thief Gold and Thief The Metal Age and Thief Deadly Shadows run on windows vista.

MAT0R0
MAT0R0

The teaser does not make any sense to me. But I really really hope that Thief 4 will come out. Thief 3 was kinda dumb. But I thought thief 2 was the best out of the best stealth games ever. Because it makes you think, and there was robots you have to encounter. And they are harder to kill. I gotta say that Thief 2 was the best stealth game of all time. Hopefully in Thief 4, they will bring back the steam-punked robots, and stuff. That would make it a challenging gameplay.

megamaster32
megamaster32

The first one was alright the storyline was good

aldovalera69
aldovalera69

I can't wait to see the major graphic improvements from Deadly Shadows to this I WANT THESE GAMES!!

Sargothan
Sargothan

Hey Vince, that was a spam fest? Hehe just joking. I can't wait for this game together with Deus Ex 3.

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BaLlSlAyEr65
BaLlSlAyEr65

 @blairstheman You must be the one percent who like thief 3 the most. It is a good game, but the other two are so much better compared to Deadly Shadows. It lost many things about the old ones, but it has shown to have a few new features that are better. One of which being that your loot must be brought to a fence in order to obtain cash. However I didn't like the more open world concept on running around to get to the next mission. I hope they keep it like the first two I fell in love with....