Thief Pre-Order = Bank Heist Mission

The good news is Eidos-Montreal is bringing back the classic First City Bank mission from Thief 2: The Metal Age. The bad news is you’ll have to pre-order the new Thief in order to play it.

In a press release, Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal today announced The Bank Heist mission as a pre-order incentive for Thief. It’s described as a “true homage to the Bank mission in Thief II: The Metal Age,” and will challenge players to infiltrate the heavily guarded Stonemarket First Bank, snatch the Star of Auldale, and get out alive.

Here’s what the original First City Bank mission looked like:

And here’s what the new Thief’s Bank Heist mission looks like

My, how times have changed. Looks sharp, and after rekindling my love for sneaking in Dishonored, I’m looking forward to becoming Garrett once again.

The Bank Heist will be an in-game mission that Eidos and Square are describing as “exclusive” to pre-order customers. However, the safe money says it will also make its way to the rest of the world via a DLC pack. If you want to play it without waiting, pre-order Thief before its February 25 launch.

Is it worth the pre-order? Check out Devin’s Thief preview and Mitch and James’ Thief developer interview to help you decide.

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1 Comment on Thief Pre-Order = Bank Heist Mission

JC

On September 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

Considering what I know about the new Thief game I wouldn’t pre-order it for any feasible reason.

Pre-ordering games is more dodgy than ever with remakes and such taking well known and successful franchises and changing it (dumbing it down for a broader appeal/market), often removing core things that made it what it was leaving original fans somewhere between disappointed and irate. Meanwhile using hype and abusing the existing fanbase to just buy it because of the name, ie “pre-order” with some part of the game that’s already complete put back in as incentive.

This seems like a very textbook version of why and when not to pre-order but rather to wait and see, especially for Thief fans.