Posted on May 11, 2009,

Thief 4 Officially Announced

Thief 4

Thief fans rejoice! Garret returns!

Following on the heals of teasing Eidos employees and interweb rumors, Eidos-Montréal has made it official today: Due to popular demand, Thief 4 (or Thi4f) is heading our way – full sails and all. Coinciding with this announcement are openings of the Thief 4 official website and the Thief 4 official forums.

You can read my thoughts as well as the press release regarding Thief 4 after the break.

Now the question remains: Will this latest installment be a return to the Looking Glass Studios vision of Thief? Or will it be more like Ion Storm Austin’s heavily criticized Thief 3: Deadly Shadows? Curiously, Ion Storm were working on a Thief 4 prior to closing.

My money is on neither. Color me pessimist, but I expect Eidos-Montréal to do “their own thang” with Thief 4.

Nonetheless, I say bring it on. I’m dying for some quality stealth genre gaming. The last really good stealth game (emphasis on stealth here) to pass this way was Hitman: Blood Money. Everything else since then has been one big “meh” (although, Velvet Assassin was a nice attempt).

Another thing to question: Will the Thief 4 story pick up right where Thief 3 left us? It will be interesting to see how Eidos-Montréal tackles this as well.

[Queue Press Release]

Eidos-Montréal is excited to unveil its previously secret second title in development at the studio, Thief 4, the next instalment in the legendary series.

The original Thief game, Thief: The Dark Project redefined first person gaming and established an entirely new genre of stealth based game play. The critically and commercially acclaimed Thief series has won numerous awards and accolades including GameSpy Hall of Fame, GameSpot Greatest Games of All Time and The Academy of Interactive Arts And Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Character and Story Development.

Eidos-Montréal, which is also currently producing the much anticipated Deus Ex 3, has recruited the very best core team for the development of Thief 4. The team is comprised of industry veterans who have worked on an incredible collection of AAA titles and who each bring personal expertise in their respective fields.

“We’re in the early development stages for Thief 4, but this is an incredibly ambitious and exciting project for Eidos,” said Stéphane D’Astous, General Manager at Eidos-Montréal. “While it’s too early for us to offer any specific game details, right now we are focused on recruiting the very best talent to join the core team at the studio and help us make what we believe will be one of the most exciting games on the market.”

Development is under way and the team is looking to recruit the very best talent as production ramps up. If you are a world-class developer looking to join the talented Thief 4 team, visit www.eidosmontreal.com to submit your résumé or www.thief4.com to join the community discussion.

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