Thief PC: It's not a port and gamers will love it, says producer

Eidos Montreal producer Stephane Roy also assures fans that PC version will have all the options you can imagine, but not Mantle at launch.

Though it was recently confirmed that Thief for PC will not support AMD's "groundbreaking" Mantle graphics API until sometime in March, developer of the console version Eidos Montreal believes the computer iteration of the upcoming stealth-action reboot is going to be "amazing."

Speaking with GameSpot as part of our Thief Now Playing feature, Eidos Montreal producer Stephane Roy said, "Honestly, if you're a PC gamer, you're going to be in love with [this] version." This is because developer Nixxes Software is "really, really good," he explained.

"They are going to have a PC version, not a port," Roy said. "The PC version looks amazing also. The PC version is very solid." Nixxes Software, based in the Netherlands, previously worked on the PC versions of Hitman Absolution and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The studio also contributed to the recently released Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for Xbox One PlayStation 4.

Gamers who pick up the PC version of Thief can also expect a range of options, Roy said.

"All the PC options you can imagine are there," Roy said, except Mantle, which will arrive sometime in March via a patch.

You can check out the system requirements for the PC version of Thief below. Eidos Montreal previously said that the PC version of Thief will look better than the Xbox One and PS4 iterations. You'll soon be able to decide for yourself, as the game launches tomorrow in North America and on Friday in Europe. Our review goes live today at 9 a.m. EDT.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS:Windows Vista with platform update
  • CPU: High-performance dual core CPU or quad core CPU
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 4800 series / Nvidia GTS 250
  • DirectX: DirectX 10
  • HDD/SSD: 20 GB

Recommended Specs

  • OS: Windows 7 or 8
  • CPU: AMD FX 8000 series or better / Intel i7 Quad Core CPU
  • RAM: 4+ GB
  • Graphics Card:AMD Radeon HD / R9 series or better / Nvidia GTX 660 series or better
  • DirectX: DirectX 11
  • HDD/SSD: 20 GB

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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billlabowski
billlabowski

I don't mind it. Personally I'd give it a 7 but I'm definitely not hating it. The problem I'm seeing is with consoles...obviously. The city is too small, the developers have to make it that way to compensate for literally no vram and the shared memory garbage in the new consoles, so everyone suffers. Would be nice to have open environments to plan your point of entry better. But once again, a game is hurt because of consoles. 

wolv25
wolv25

YEAH! My lenovo is good for this game. So  go for shoping:D

unfreak-believ
unfreak-believ

The game will have "will have all the options you can imagine." One such option will be to regret your purchase.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Well, a PC with an SSD drive can do something about those loading times but a terrible end game boss and a confused story?  Not so much.

P.S.  9am EDT?  You folks switched to daylight time a tad early, didn't you?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Judging by the reviews I don't think gamers will be loving it.  Thief fans will certainly despise it.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

But.. but.. it wont' have that distinct "Mantleness".

struthyfizz
struthyfizz

I personally thought dishonored was only ok. Every time you got spotted by a guard they started yelling, and just about every guard from the whole level would come running at you. Not only was it annoying it, strangely, made the game too easy. All you had to do was stand there and cut them all down with your overpowered weapons and plentiful ammo.

I preordered Thief online, but only paid £18 for it. Unfortunately I have already received my key, so I can't cancel. Looks okay though. I can forgive a few flaws for type of game I like...

Hurvl
Hurvl

What does "High-performance dual core CPU" mean? I've got a gaming laptop that has a 2,3 GHz Dual Core processor, is that below high-performance?

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

Its just overall another bad excuse of a game that focuses on telling a story with shallow gameplay elements.

Fursnake
Fursnake

I dunno, I have a sneaking suspicion that I will end up enjoying this as much as I enjoyed Dishonored...or anything else I have played as of late.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

Those considering the PC version should know that whatever place you buy the game from it ends up on Steam. While Steam sells the game supposedly 10% less than MSRP, like many online retailers, a few sells the game for even less. Bought the game at 25% off at Get Games. Greenman Gaming might have it for 25% off also, you'll have to check. You can try elsewhere and might get luckier. It's the difference between paying $37.50 for a PC version versus paying $60+ for the console version.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

When you get to a certain age and played many games you'll never get that WOW feeling you had with the first games that impressed you, whatever games it was. You have to accept that and move on. You'll always keep found memories of them even if you couldn't play them today being as outdated as they are. Pretty much like the first love of your life. May not be the one that mattered the most but was the one that made you saw things differently forever.

That said I played many since the beginning of PCs and the last one who really impressed me on all levels was Red Dead Redemption. But between older games like Deus Ex, Thief, etc. and Red Dead Redemption there weren't many that I considered masterpieces, although I enjoyed many. Still I keep enjoying newer games.

wookiegr
wookiegr

I think at this point with the lack of games people are desperate enough to get this no matter the score. I know I am. I just played through Tomb Raider a second time on the PS4 even though I already played it on the PC. March can't come soon enough.

19James89
19James89

I had pre-ordered this game, but I have cancelled it, I will wait for a let's play video.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Eidos has a good track record when it comes to PC versions.

renerak
renerak

Its not the port I am worried about, but rather the game

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Other review scores are not so harsh. Eurogamer Italy is giving it a 9/10... I will wait for more reviews to come in before deciding.

Tobajas
Tobajas

@struthyfizz  Well at first guards will be a challenge in thief but later on you can upgrade your weapon to knock them out in a few hits or you can upgrade your focus so when you use focus you can just 1 shot them. If you check out the collectable guide from PS4trophy he basically shows that you can clear for instance chapter 1 in a few mins and gettin all loot and collectables by just running around and bashing everyone instead of stealthing. I also gave it a try when I just started and it basically took me 40-50 mins to get everything by stealth and only 10-20 by confroting and knocking everyone out. You also dont get punished in any way for not doing stealth in a stealth focused game which I find weird. You basically get rewarded by A) 100% loot or B) Depends on what your main focus was ghost/predator/opportunitist these can go from pickpocketing 4 times, headshot 4 guards with arrows or knock out 4 guards in combat. 

You can of course put in restrictions for more points on the leaderboard like being discovered is game over. 

offalWaiter
offalWaiter

@Hurvl The Steam page recommends an i7 Pentium for top performance.  You should be alright as long as your system RAM and video card and higher spec'ed.  Though you may find the load times a little more excruciating.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@SpicaAntares I get wowed all the time. Mainly when I step back and realize how far we've come since Mario. Bulletstorm was one of the last such games to do that to me, then maybe Assassin's Creed 2. I wish I could crack a game open and it's classic from start to the finish like Final Fantasy 6 (3 US), but that happens rarely. I often play extremely good games like Witcher 2 and L.A. Noire...yeah you're right, awe is subjective. Despite how many great games I've played, true enough, I haven't had an experience like Mario 64 or anything close to it in some time. Gears 1 might have been the closest because it was my first "true" hd experience not counting PC (as pc games weren't as graphically detailed or intense). I fancied that game enough to beat it on the hardest difficulties, but it wasn't enough to make me a fanboy still.

RevLux
RevLux

@SpicaAntares The "wow" feeling is highly subjective. I have been wowed a # of times since my childhood with the Apple IIe, the Atari 2600 and NES. Games have been getting better and better as a whole. I had never been moved to tears from a video game until just last year. It's possible I'm just easy to please I guess.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@wookiegr Yeah, March can't come soon enough, because that's when my birthday is :D.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@19James89 RadBrad has a let's play for the consoles if you are interested in that.


Also Total Biscuit has released a WTF video on it and it seems to be a fantastic port according to him.

victorinvictus9
victorinvictus9

@PeterDuck  That would be Nixxes. Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: HR. What else is there to say? All technically excellent and great games to boot.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@GSGuy321 Reviews are just other people's opinions, they can't tell you what you will think of it. Best thing is to look at some screenshots, read some articles and watch some let's play videos. Basic research kinda stuff.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@unreal101  I go off of player reviews.  Is it really bad?  This game and Witcher 3 are why I got my new graphics card.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@unreal101  NEVER judge a game by a review. Always play it first before judging. The amount of amazing games that have sht, bad reviews is extraordinary. I mean the best rally game to com eout this entire generation since the original Colin Mcrae games.  WRC 3 and WRC 4 got 5's and 6's and they were MUCh better than that and at least deserved 8.0's.  They were the best rally games that have come out this gen by far.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@offalWaiter @HurvlWell, I have 4 GB RAM and a Radeon HD 6650 card so perhaps I can run it. I probably won't buy it at release, but it's good to know for the future.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Kryptonbornson @SpicaAntares

BTW, the next Witcher is part of my very short list of games to get on day-one. You can bet on that!

Strangely I read the books and none of them are as good as the games. All of them are more lightly written and the last one, which I read only half, is a disaster. Goes in every directions. You even get Merlin in the story. As if the author didn't knew what direction to take and threw the story in other fantasies. Anyway... I have a weakness for RPGs, specially when they are well written and have mature themes.

As for Gears I thought 2 was the best. I like the first but didn't feel it reached the level of the second one.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Kryptonbornson @SpicaAntares

I started a long time ago on Intellivision. Spent an eternity on a Dungeon & Dragon game, plus quite a few others. Then later jumped to an Amiga and the first game I got with the computer was Falcon, a combat flight sim. Got a tons of games for the Amiga, all great. After all it was a time when PCs were for spreadsheets and graphically it took forever for PCs to reach the level of Amiga. Sound wise too.

Then got my first PC when the market matured and, on top of what was a top of the line graphic card, got the first generation of 3Dfx. I have to say that before that 3D was pretty much a joke. But the 3Dfx... my God! It was like going from the middle ages to the future in an instant. Games made for the 3Dfx like Bungie's Myth or DID's EF2000 v2.0, I mean nothing came close to that at the time.

Then games like Deus Ex, Thief, Falcon, Half-Life and so on, came and each one were great. Each one had their WOW moment that I still remember. I still remember throwing an electronic grenade at robots in Deus Ex, how one attacked the other so I had the time to pass unhindered. Hiding in a Chinese city, perspiring at the idea of getting caught, and so on...

Games are not passive. You are there and you feel being there in some other world.

19James89
19James89

@Darkhol0w Thank you for that buddy.

I'm really hyped for this game as I played the original Thief series and I am a massive fan of those and I really liked Dishonored, so much so that I bought the GOTY edition for PC even though I played the original game on the PS3. 

I'm a bit underwhelmed by the low review scores, but I'm fascinated by the setting, the storyline and General Hunt who reminds me of V from V for Vendetta for some strange reason. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Hurvl @GSGuy321The whole point of reviews is to figure out how you will think about it without playing it.


Normal people don't have time or money to buy and play every game to see how their own experience differs from reviewers.

RevLux
RevLux

@Hurvl @GSGuy321 Exactly! Game reviews are not gospel. Just opinions. Even if there are 30 reviews with similar scores it only means that 30 people had similar opinions about the game. I still read reviews of course. Though just to get the overall gist of the game. If it sounds like something I'd enjoy I'll get it regardless of the score. If not then I'll either pass on it or wait for it to drop in steam or other retailers.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@nyran125tkThe whole point of reviews is to figure out how you will think about it without playing it.


Normal people don't have time or money to buy and play every game to see how their own experience differs from reviewers.

unreal101
unreal101

@nyran125tk I was (sort-of) joking. I've played and like plenty of low-scoring games (Legacy of Kain, anyone?).

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

@nyran125tk @unreal101 Yeah, that's true. One review alone is never enough to convince me. I generally wait for Metacritic scores to come in and then read a few before making a decision. 

However, if a game is universally panned (like all the sites say 4 or less), I can assure you I will never play it.

RevLux
RevLux

@19James89 @Darkhol0w Just remember that the reviewers are just giving their opinion on a game. Even if there are 30 reviewers that give similar scores they are still just 30 opinions. I can't even begin to count the # of amazing experiences I would have missed out on had I take reviewer's opinions as gospel.


The bottom line is if it looks like something you would enjoy go for it. If you are really unsure then just wait for it to drop in price some. Although, as others have mentioned, you can already get it for 25% off at certain retailers. For the p.c. edition that is.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@19James89 @Darkhol0wFor games that I have been waiting for so long I will give the benefit of the doubt so I suggest to not let the scores bring it down.


From what I've seen in TB's video was enough for me to give it a chance..that and my Thief nostalgia.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Thanatos2k @Hurvl@GSGuy321But you need to be aware of the fact that someone else is playing it and that their opinions don't necessarily align with yours. Don't trust reviews too much, look at many different reviews and also look at whatever you can find out about the game. A little research goes a long way.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@nyran125tk I agree. It's amazing how much you can like a game that The Whole Internet say sucks, but since you're probably the only one who's gonna play it, the only thing that matters is what *you* think about it.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@GSGuy321 @unreal101 @nyran125tk  yes, ill give you that one. unless i was going to the movies (which was what the original rambo was kind of for) and needed something to do while waiting for the movie to start lol

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@unreal101 @nyran125tk  like take jericho for example. Ok that game didnt deserve anything higher than a 6 or a 7. But i actually found it strangely enjoyable lol. thats also the other factor, the whole world might HATE the game, but YOU might like it or it might do something for you that it doesnt do for anyone else.

RevLux
RevLux

@GSGuy321 @nyran125tk@unreal101 I've said it many times but I believe it bears repeating once more: Even if 30 reviewers give the game similar scores it is still just 30 opinions of a game. I very much enjoyed my experience with games like Ryse and Knack despite the horrendous reviews both received. They aren't for everyone and both had their fair share of issues but both were overall enjoyable games imho. If it looks good to you then get it. If you aren't sure then wait until steam or another retailer has a sale. If it doesn't look like your think then skip it.


Reviewers seem to wield this strange magical power with many gamers. It's almost like we feel that since they work in the game industry they have some deep insightful secret knowledge that they grace us with. Now, I'm not saying the reviewer's opinions are wrong. I am simply saying that they aren't anymore right than anyone else's opinion -including your own for a game you've played. Okay, I'll shutup now. Thank you for your time.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@GSGuy321 @nyran125tk @unreal101  how low do you go? would you play a game with a rating of 6?