Thief 4 pushed to next-gen - Report

Long-in-development Eidos Montreal action game reportedly making debut on PlayStation 4, Xbox 720 as early as next year.

If the industry gossip section of the Official Xbox Magazine UK's latest issue proves accurate, Eidos Montreal's long-in-development kleptomania game Thief 4 will debut on next-generation consoles as early as next year. CVG's sources suggest this report is accurate.

Thief 4 is a next-gen game, according to the latest rumor.

According to the magazine, Thief 4 will be released sometime late next year, around the time the next Xbox is rumored to hit store shelves. Analysts believe new consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be available by holiday 2013.

As of press time, Square Enix had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

In June, it appeared that development on Thief 4 was potentially in trouble when it was reported that widespread high-level turnover at Eidos Montreal had taken place. According to LinkedIn resumes, Thief 4's audio director, two lead level designers, a pair of senior concept artists, a senior technical level designer, a senior animator, and a senior level designer have all left Eidos Montreal since 2010.

Thief 4 was officially announced in 2009, with Eidos Montreal general manager Stephane D'Astous saying, "We're in the early stages for Thief 4," and noting that the shop was actively recruiting for the project. No official details on the game have come through since.

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MissSarita
MissSarita

I am glad i own a PC! I don´t get the hype about consoles! 

I suppose the fact that the game is being prepared for next-gen consoles doesn´t mean it won´t play in older console versions? 

xGarrettThiefX
xGarrettThiefX

" Thief 4 pushed to next-gen " This is complete and utter bullsh*t

1947gamer
1947gamer

If they leave this to only be played on the next generation they will kill the franchise. If it is not compatible with the 360 I sure won't go out and buy some new next generation counsel that will be buggier than crap. And this whole cloud thing is a joke also. They should redo the old versions of Thief in HD to be played on the older counsels.

thadsokay
thadsokay

Having the some of the most important staff members leaving is very crippling towards the project's completion.  I could wait even longer than a year for the next installment to the Thief series.  I'd rather wait for some quality thieving, you taffers.

ketwoc
ketwoc

'as early as next year' ...they've really been burning the midnight oil on this haven't they seeing it was announced 3 1/2 years ago.  If it's really released late next year after (then) 4  1/2 years of development it should be the game of the decade.  Any bets?

gerald_hinson
gerald_hinson

If they were smart they would re-release the original with better graphics on modern machines.  Nice big revenue from all of us old fans getting to replay these classics in their modern form.   Of course, continuing the franchise with a killer Thief4 would also rock...

1947gamer
1947gamer

I am not buying a next gen counsel. They are talking make them all pay to play. Screw that.

1947gamer
1947gamer

They need to get going three years since it was announced they should have something to look at by now.

2x4b96123
2x4b96123

Well that's good news!It means they won't need to cut content/scale down levels to fit the current console generation.Should be a great PC game :) 

hystavito
hystavito

Thief was a great series, I loved it and when Assassin's Creed came out I was disappointed because I kinda thought it might be kinda like a Thief sequel but of course it wasn't.  Nowadays I don't trust game co's to actually stay true to the spirit of a franchise so who knows how it will eventually be, but I think Hitman will be a good indicator.  If Hitman: Absolution turns out to be similar to the old games and not a sell out, AND it sells well, AND people actually play it in stealthy way and like it, then maybe that will prove that there are enough gamers out there that still like stealth gameplay, with little or no kills, avoiding combat, etc.

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

I'm okay with that.. the last 3 were terrible looking.

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

I hope they make another Thief, it's father of Stealth games imo

Codester_41
Codester_41

That's okay, We need to start hearing more on next-gen games anyways.

baglardagali
baglardagali

Nooooooooooooooooo

I love this game.

Seriuosly; I believe that Assassins creed has taken a lot of IDEAS from this game!!!

abdelnabi
abdelnabi

noo I just bought the 360 finally was able to afford it damn it . At least Assassin's creed III and RE 6 and hopfully Hitman and Tomb Raider will not be next gen 

tightwad34
tightwad34

So did they just say the new consoles will be out by next year when nothing has been announced at all regarding that? I am sure the devs know more than we do, but I won't ever believe a date for the next gen untill I hear from Sony/MS themselves. Screw speculation and these pointless predictions.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Nooooooooooooo I just want to play this.  I'm currently replaying through thief 2 thanks to a steam summer deal and man I miss this series so much.  

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

I wanna use frogbeast eggs now! TAFFERS!!! 

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

And this is why I hate consoles.  We could have had Thief 4 by now were it not for consoles...*sigh* It'll probably be another 2 years now...  :(

knight_killer7
knight_killer7

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO this can only mean one thing T_T Good bye thief it was a good run T_T

giantqtipz
giantqtipz

thank you! i cant wait for the next gen console. id like to play a battlefield game with 64 players or more on consoles!

 

anyway i love the thief series. deadly shadows was amazing and i cant wait for this one.

 

so... how is the title pronounced? "Thifouref"?

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

So.. do the companies wanting to ship 'next-gen' games release them early on PC and then later on the newer consoles, or do us PC gamers have to wait for the console ki--er, folk, to get their new systems?

 

Consoles still hold PCs back no matter what anyone says.  The multi-platform games released today still look like the ones released 4 years ago. Has the original Crysis been topped? NOPE!

 

I would love improved games; just shaft this current generation already.

bluesteelMeGaSE
bluesteelMeGaSE

These stinking taffers almost completely killed my mellow for this upcoming title. They bes badsies for startsies such rumors. Manfools.

idosofacility
idosofacility

"Thief 4 is a next-gen game, according to the latest rumor."

 

RUMOR RUMOR!

 

STOP TRYING TO FORCE NEXT GEN BEFORE THE TIME !!!

 

STOP THE RUMORS! you game journalist or should I say FANBOYS allways start of those rumors to push the industry! 

amazon09
amazon09

Another fake and untrue news :)

surppo
surppo

i dont think we will see nex gen consoles until they can build a box that will run the unreal 4 engine amongst others for under $400. i think they already have all the features they want for their boxes except the rite chip at the rite price.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

I'm not that surprised that this project is in trouble. If you've followed the series closely there really is no reason for a fourth game. It has never felt necessary and its never been justified by the developers. Why was this being made, particularly when the pure stealth genre has become a non-existent category for gamers of this generation? Thief can only be played one way: there are no stealth kills, no cover system. Hearing that those artists left that long ago, it doesn't bode well for the game's design at all. 

gwokage
gwokage

I'm all in for next gen. I personally feel that developers have alot of creativity that they want to expel into their games but can't at the moment. Six years is usually the lifespan of most consoles, and I think that time should be coming to a close. 

 

Graphics aren't everything, but as time goes by developers want to get more creative to give more to us players. We're only getting older, we should embrace these advances with open arms. 

 

More ram and more processing power is a big deal to a console unlike the PC, because developers optimize their games across one or two platforms with one type of graphical setting. They aim for what the console can offer, and squeeze out whatever they can. They don't need to worry about low/med/high/ultra high settings....They go straight for ultra high. In addition, with some excellent graphic artists, they can make the game surpass ultra setting features with unique features. 

 

Also, I'm sure those who don't want to dish out money right away can always squeeze out a yr or two on their PS3's or 360's before they upgrade. It's not entirely a bad thing that next gen is near. I say embrace it. 

bielzabob
bielzabob

As long as this is being pushed back for the right reasons and not just for the 'next gen' buzz. I'm a massive fan of the series and have been looking forward to this game since it was announced, Would be a massive disappointment to find they lost their way.

juliangui
juliangui

I have this irrational dislike of the next xbox being referred to as the "Xbox 720" for some reason...

Evilnator
Evilnator

Serously, screw next-gen, all we are going to get is improved graphics. Do we actually need improved graphics to make a good game? No. Especially at the stage where we can achieve very realistic visuals, and yet we don't really need them.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the PC version should always be a priority. focus on the PC version first, others can come later..

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

Bugger!

Is it any wonder that PC gamers resent consoles (and the developmental delays they often engender) at times such as this? :|

pal_080
pal_080

Well if it comes out next year I'll be very happy!  This game feels like it's only been a myth, it's refreshing to see SOME info on it at least,  though I don't like the idea of having to wait for new consoles (because we all know 2013 isn't likely to have them, besides Wii-U).  Do the older Thief titles still hold up?  I've never actually played them figuring the'd be too dated but they look kind of amazing, I love stealth gameplay!

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

The fact that Thief 4 is actually a possibility, is great news. I don't even care that it's set to release on a ghost console that every denies. Just knowing that there is a small chance that one day it will exist, is good news.

Pablo_Heroin
Pablo_Heroin

Worst news ever, why dont they make this for PC now and release for consoles later. By the time the consoles get released, their hardware will be old. I hate to see my favorite series getting limited by consoles again.

deathblow3
deathblow3

lol i doubt this will happen, i am more inclined to believe the world will end in december (i don't) than there will be a new console next year.

devilsportal
devilsportal

there coulde be one, next gen or next year!

cause i dont think sony or msoft would reveal new hardware in june and release it in december,,,there would be much more time b/w reveal and release,,,

 

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

ok.....no buy than. Like I would buy PS4 for it. 

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

Well... guess I have a reason to buy one now :).

Atheosis
Atheosis

Is this supposed to be surprising?

SamuraiSeven
SamuraiSeven

This is the second game that I have heard this about (There may be more.)  It appears that these studios alraedy have an idea of what typoe of tech they will be working with.  They may have been approached by console developers for exclusives.  (This is merely speculation.) 

 

It probably means that the new consoles are right around the corner and they(especially Microsft) are playing dumb.  I just hope the new consoles are worth it.

iluvOP
iluvOP

Sounds good. Aslong as they fine tune out the clumsiness of the previous games, it should be awesome!

chechak7
chechak7

with DX11 and next-gen games and open world and dynamic environment and some assassins creed   gameplay ...the game will be mark in history of games

i've played old  thief 's game it was great ..