Thief 4 In Doubt As Lead Devs Leave Project
Superannuation, he of impeccably accurate video game industry rumors, posting over at Kotaku has discovered a trail of resignations at Eidos Montreal over the last year and change that indicate troubled times for the studio’s long-in-development Thief 4.
Superannuation notes that since late 2010, Thief 4′s audio director, two of the game‘s lead level designers, two senior concept artists, a senior technical level designer, a senior animator, and a senior level designer have all quit the company. Not only that, but in March of 2012, Thief 4 audio director and composer Paul Weir left. That’s a huge turnover, made more troubling by the fact that Square Enix, Superannuation notes, has apparently had a finished trailer for some months but have chosen not to release it.
Thief 4 was not at E3 this year. A troubled development might be the reason, even if as reported they really have completed the final level of the game. Of course, several years of development (Thief 4 was announced back in 2009) isn’t necessarily a sign of doom. Eidos’ last game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution had a 4 year development cycle. We’ll see, eventually, if the same is true for Thief 4.