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.

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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.

Discussion

4 comments
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. 

kalgert123
kalgert123

 @hystavito i also fancy a little bit of stealthy combat but i kinda suck at it and then it turns into a warzone,kinda like in deus ex 3 i didn't manage to stay hidden long and more or less i killed enough people to fill up a pool

 

though thief is probably the only stealth game that i wasn't horrible at and once thief 4 comes out i will love playing it as much as possible,even making multiple replays for speed runs and whatnot

Deltaforce2665
Deltaforce2665

 @Muslim_Slayer Oh if it isn't I guarantee Eidos Montreal would be fire bombed or something, Thief started on PC it has to stay there... even then you see up top that it's coming out for PC 

BlueFrisky
BlueFrisky

 @GunnyHath That's because they were released in 1998, 2000 and 2004 respectively. Check your facts brachmed.

Deltaforce2665
Deltaforce2665

 @baglardagali Technically every stealth game ever has taken ideas from Thief... seeing as it was the first true stealth game that wasn't about hiding behind things all the time and you didn't have to kill. Assassin's Creed didn't take any ideas from it since it really isn't stealth it's kill the guys from behind and if you're seen, go and counter attack till you win. Thief you get in a fight and you are screwed. But if you love Thief so much then why didn't you get a better PC? Since this was a PC series

Deltaforce2665
Deltaforce2665

 @VarietyMage They haven't even hit BETA stage yet... we wouldn't have it by now hell no, you see how long Human Revolution took? As long as it's good I don't care about waiting

surppo
surppo

@DAOWAce so were all supposed to upgrade our consoles for shinnier graphics. i need more than the same games on max setting to make the upgrade worth it.

Cryio
Cryio

 @DAOWAce

 The original Crysis? Sure! And other great PC games that far outshine their console counterparts.

1) Crysis 2 DX11 with Maldo's Texture Pack

2) Metro 2033 DX11.

3) The Witcher 2 , max settings, w/ or w/o Ubersampling

4) Maybe Battlefield 3.

5) Skyrim modded.

6) Half-Life 2: Fake Factory 11.

7) Batman Arkham City DX11.

 

These games destroy anything on consoles.

 

 

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

 @DAOWAce ah the logic of a fool... so when a game does come out its either pc ftw or consoles ruined it.  its where youre way up here and theyre way down there and at the same time saying youre being held back and the games are the same.  improved games and graphical increases are hardly the same thing.  you only bring up graphics as benchmark for games as 'quality'... go outside thems the graphics there buddy.

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

 @BlueFrisky  @GunnyHath I'm aware of when they were released, as I played them when they were released.  They still weren't good looking games.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Developing for consoles and PCs takes twice as long because you're coding for multiple systems instead of only the PC.  I'm not even waiting for it...it's not on my radar because it'll probably be on the PS4, which means it'll be at least another 1.5 years in development.  I miss the days before 8-bit consoles existed.  :(

Cryio
Cryio

 @DAOWAce

 Save for Uncharted 2,3 and Gears of War 3. Oh well :D

Deltaforce2665
Deltaforce2665

 @ZOD777  @Cryio Exactly why I am glad that the guys that made the new Deus Ex are making this... they made a whole separate UI for the PC version :D

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @Cryio I think a bigger problem than the graphics is the user interface.  Half of the time games are ported poorly and run terribly or have all of the controls listed as XBOX 360 controls.  I enjoy the nicer visuals on PC, but when the controls and user interface suffer, I am angered at the developers for shafting the PC gamer once again.

Cryio
Cryio

 @doppelgang  @DAOWAce

 When I said "save for" I meant that consoles offer some competition in the top-of-the-line graphics, that can match PC too. (except resolution and high texture detail)

doppelgang
doppelgang

 @Cryio  @DAOWAce including Uncharted 2 and 3 as well as Gears 3.

 

You obviously do not know what on earth you are talking about.