Thief 4 sneaks into GDC schedule

Lecture about game's music system to mark the first time Eidos Montreal has spoken publicly about stealth action sequel; Battlefield 3 tech talks also planned for conference.

The next installment in Eidos' stealth action series Thief is nearly ready to emerge from the shadows. The organizers of the Game Developers Conference today unveiled another wave of talks, including one that marks the first time a developer from Eidos Montreal will be able to publicly speak about Thief 4.

The talk, titled "Stealing Sound: Generative Music in Thief," will be presented by Paul Weir, who is fulfilling the roles of audio director, sound designer, and composer on the project. According to the session description, Weir will espouse the benefits of using a live generative music system instead of pre-scripted tracks for a game with the goal of creating "a musical aesthetic that pushes away from the shadow of film."

Audio will almost certainly play a key role in the stealth action sequel.

In addition to the Thief 4 session, the GDC schedule received a handful of other notable sessions today. There will be a pair of sessions about the anticipated EA DICE first-person shooter Battlefield 3, although they're fairly technical in nature. "SPU-based Deferred Shading in Battlefield 3 for Playstation 3" is intended for advanced programmers, while "Lighting You Up in Battlefield 3" assumes that attendees will have a basic understanding of lighting systems and rendering technology.

Another new addition to the docket requires no special understanding of anything but failure. With a panel including George Fan (Plants vs. Zombies), Chris Hecker (Spy Party), and Kyle Gabler (World of Goo), "The Failure Workshop" will have the developers of hit games sharing stories of their misses, and what helpful lessons they learned from the experience. According to the description, all GDC-goers are encouraged to sit in, "especially attendees who are interested in learning how to fail better."

The 2011 Game Developers Conference is scheduled to take place in San Francisco from February 28 through March 4.

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1947gamer
1947gamer

Why don't they remaster the deadly shadows for xbox 360 for the time being so it will fit a wide screen.

Jmalta
Jmalta

AC and Thief are like this:AC aciton,Thief stealth

chkmode
chkmode

@mannsporte:yeah agree with you..I think AC and thief have some similarity yet they are quite different..i dont know how to explain it..anyway i believe that thief 4 gonna be the new and accepting change in stealth games.

mannsporte
mannsporte

Just before the first Assassins Creed was announced, I've talked with a friend complaining about the lack of a next gen thief style stealth game where you would wander around crowded streets in a big city.... Then Assassins Creed came along...It was fine an'all but apparently I was asking for more.. I was asking for darkness and atmosphere...I was asking for steam-punk, Trickster, guards who'd run around yelling "taffer!" and a one-eyed grumpy anti-hero...They once said that the new game was gonna take place in the modern age but with a dark twist. A visual style similar to "Dark City" or some sort...I'm quite okay with that.. As long as they keep the main frame stable and the steady gameplay that cherishes patience.... Please sir, have some sympathy for the now middle aged guys who'd been playing video games for 20 years and demand a video game with integrity that we can talk about after a decade or so. There are so few of us left:)

hitmanxmk
hitmanxmk

TOTALLY agree with "conroybrink". Thief is franchise that should be made in the spirit of previous Thief games, especially T1 & T2. This game title exists more than 13 years. If all Thief games by now left great impression, then I think that T4 should be the best on, at least i hope so that developers will give a GIFT to the real "thief" followers after all this years. We deserve that for our loyalty, after all, most people that will buy T4 would be the guys who played all previous Thief games, not some kids who want GTA kinda style games. I just want to say: Dont ruin this Title, we want the complexity and toughness. The feeling of beign weak, but with right tools, great skill and plenty good strategy for single map (even if I need to re-play it over and over again) gives the real feeling of Thief games. Dont ruin this game, market is 99% full of kids kind a games, what we really miss is a game as we had back in '90s.

conroybrink
conroybrink

I mean dont get me wrong I have all the hope in the world that T4 will rock my socks off but its just a scary notion that the way the industry is companies that only put out games every so often are forced into lowering the game play to make it as the people in the biz like to say more "accessible" to the general audience...I love my games challenging and its been quite clear that aside from a few companies most would rather pander to the casual gamers because they've over taken the share of the market...So the ones of us that grew up on Ninja Gieden on the NES and played threw games like Thief one for the first time are being pushed to the back of the bus..Because just like everything else in this country its less about quality of game more about what can get pushed out...And again I say dont get me wrong there are good games out that are hard and challenging but its changing and changing fast..And in another year or two when this game hits who knows what things will be like..I hope for the best but when it comes down to it companies have to do what makes them money in this cut throat economy..And the games suffer for it..

MartinWinthrop
MartinWinthrop

I sure hope this game has the elements of the dark project where you could loot the entire place, kill at your leisure, hide dead bodies, have spiders and the horror element. If it could have that plus the GTA/RDR aspects, oh shoot it would be great. I still like Thief Gold as the best game ever.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

@killeroo You live up to your name sir and as for the game it will rock. If it didn't then why did Assassin's Creed come along? I am finally ready for this game so I hope it at least comes out in 2012. This will be awesome.

revanknight
revanknight

@conroybrink *sigh* yep. The worst part would have to be that its what most of the fans wanted. I hear all the time how developers are listening to the feedback and change a game throughout development. Its a good thing if it fixes problems, but it happens so much that nobody takes risks anymore. Here's hoping that Thief 4, DE: Human Revolution, and any other next gen sequel will remember its roots.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

@GabrielOnuris , exactly, stealing sim is on my mind for long time. if I have enough time I would program it myself. one can make it a humorous one to avoid criticism. there was an old game on MSX computer (very old) you play as a thief , your goal is steal the money from the upper level of the bank. the problem it is just an Arkanoid type of game with a twist. (this post makes me feel very old lol)

adhamhany
adhamhany

Gr8 Thief 4 is definitely one of my anticipated Games i liked the third sequel deadly Shadows it was an awesome game and that deep voice of Garrett can't Wait

jjjrrr11211
jjjrrr11211

Before Thief 4 comes out i hope they bring 1-3 for the ps3 that would be sweet!

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

awesome, one of my favourite game series. what about hitman? :P

ivo_boy
ivo_boy

conroybrink -- you are correct, just look at Gothic 4 - such an embarrassment compared to the sequence .. but still I think this game will be smth special .. or at least I hope :)

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

Did not see this coming. This is awesome news! To everyone saying this game will suck - we don't know anything about it, maybe it won't be dumbed down... The Metal Age is still one of my favorite games!

conroybrink
conroybrink

I have to agree with whoever it was that said Thief 4 will suck. Sadly a game that was amazing all those years ago wont stand up today,it will be dumbed down it sucks the first two were amazing but american gamers are so used to being spoon fed there games anymore that if they go to the roots with T4 it wont sell and the franchise will die........I hate how pathetic we as american are when it comes to this kind of stuff..Anymore if the game cant play its self its it doesnt do well here..We need to start smartening up here so we can have good games that arent just all flash and have some substence to them..I mean hell from GOW one to GOW three you can see how much the industry changed went from infuriating puzzles and having to have good timing for the platform sections to barely having to think to play it...Its sad to see a franchise have to suffer because 90% of us cant handle thinking anymore.

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

Everytime I play an Assassin's Creed game it reminds me how much I want Thief 4

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Finally! A real stealth game in years!

Suddenstriker52
Suddenstriker52

"SPU-based Deferred Shading in Battlefield 3 for Playstation 3" NOOOOO!!!!

whitejackel
whitejackel

I never did get to finish T1 and 2 played them both though and loved what i did get to play when i was young, so its nice to see they might finaly bring it back i hope with the glory of the old games but polish and smoothness of the next gen games. heck id even take a oblivian style setup for the new thief, but thats just me.

killeroo
killeroo

thief 4 will be rubbish, 1 and 2 are my favourite games ever, this will be dumbed down for the masses and far too easy

sylvaedawn
sylvaedawn

Finally some exciting news about Thief 4! Though T2 is my favourite, Shalebridge Cradle from T3 is still haunting my memories so I do hope they will create something that good or even better in T4...

spOOoOOn
spOOoOOn

Oh god finally. Come back into my life Garrett!

Shardz7
Shardz7

It would sure be an amazing event to see an assassin themed 3D game without stringent Internet shackling. *cough* Let's hope for the best this time...

steven141
steven141

Awesome news, thief AND battlefield. I loved battlefield 2 and still go on it now and again, 2142 was ok i guess. but yay!

Mikelangelo1
Mikelangelo1

The Dark Project was one of my favorites . I was not so enthousiased from the sequels. I hope that the 4th will bring something new...

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

@gamerpipe I think I get what you're saying; I feel a lack of stealing games too, maybe a game like the "Ocean's Eleven" movie, or Sean Connery's "Entrapment". We have murder games, stealth and action; It would be a hell of an idea to make a good stealing sim game, with all kinds of high-tech gadgets and distincts locations, like the Louvre Museum and such.

EvilSelf
EvilSelf

No taffing? Finally news about THIEF!!! Yess....

DoomSky
DoomSky

The Cradle still haunts my memories and was a brilliant peice of level design heres hoping Theif 4 tries to top it. (And no multiplayer please!)

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

From the thumb downs I got, I see that stealing simulation games are not popular. how about Pirates of the Hackereans? simply a pirate tycoon game.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

I'm only really excited because I feel obligated. I'm not too optimistic about a thief game outside Looking Glass or Ion Strom's hands, and since that'll never happen, well you get the idea. Here's hoping they don't screw it up too bad...

ivo_boy
ivo_boy

It was a damn long development and I hope It is for good ! These days games are simplified and boring. I do not need a dumb boring game, but challenging an immersive one. Shure the hope is still alive with THI4F...

pelvist
pelvist

Hopefully it will be more like the first two Thief games and not like the third. I absolutely loved the first two but I thaught Thief III was crap.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Great to hear this, I absolutely love Thief. Now if only a new Hitman game gets announced too....

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

I'm hyped. I have a huge soft spot for Thief and Hitman.

firehawk998
firehawk998

If anything the Thief series was to me it was a cat and mouse game mixed in with chess the stealth portions, the lockpicking, the archery portions and the story( which I liked ) was awesome with an updated graphics engine the skys the limit. Lets just hope the fears of many here that thief 4 be streamlines ( aka simplified) does not come true.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

BF3 is going to be on consoles.........I think I just died a little inside....

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

Thief is a great game. but I want another kind of thief game. simply I want a thief simulation game. a real one, in modern time. we have murder simulations a lot, we should have stealing simulations. Mafia 2 little did that but not well enough.

Thresherglobal
Thresherglobal

@Mariner32 Thanks. Good to know there are still literate people in the world.

badtaker
badtaker

Finally thief series is back after long time. Thank you Edios for bringing Deus EX and Thief back Edios have been pretty mediocre this gen it's their last chance to get their respect of gamers back with Deus EX and Thief

focus0894
focus0894

Never played or seen a video of Theif. But I've always heard it was a good game. I'm interested in what it will have to offer. The thing I'm also looking forward to is Battlefield 3.

Mariner32
Mariner32

@Thresherglobal Wonderful avatar, my friend. Wonderful avatar. OT: I'm really looking forward to this game. I found 3 a bit too easy after playing games like Splinter Cell (1 and Chaos Theory. Don't even get me started on Double Agent and Conviction...) but still rather enjoyable. I hope 4 is just as entertaining.

Kevu
Kevu

I require more Thief games! I've been lookin forward to each sequel since my first taste of the moss arrows, rope arrows, water arrows, and my GOD the blackjack... Just fun games. (But I won't mind if they go easy on the undead/robot enemies and just want to send a ton of humans at me) ;)