Next-Gen Thief Details Revealed: Plot, Gameplay, Mechanics, Tools
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Following yesterday's reveal of Eidos Montreal's next-gen Thief title, known simply as Thief and not Thief 4 as we initially thought, there's a whole bunch of fresh details that have been extracted from Game Informer's big reveal, due to arrive on newsstands with the April issue.

Firstly, there's the obvious stuff. Thief marks a comeback for the first-person stealth series with the return of pilfering hero Garrett, who finds himself back in his old hometown after a long absence. Garrett finds that the City's prosperity is in steep decline as the nefarious Baron rules over the people with an iron fist, keeping its citizens compliant under military watch.

The Elite are still free to prosper, while the rest of the City's society succumbs to plague and poverty. Garrett sees this whole thing as a the perfect opportunity to make some money, enjoying the thrill of stealing items that others can't or dare not.

Garrett has a range of tools at his disposal, from the basic ability to throw bottles to distract enemies, hiding, climbing, lockpicking and of course, nicking stuff. He also has a Focus ability to solve puzzles and uncover secrets, as well as boost his combat abilities. In the demo, he uses Focus to brutally subdue one of the Baron's guards and locate their attack areas.

Guards are pretty smart too, and as Garrett isn't much of a fighter, combat encounters against four or more guards often won't pan out too well. They'll actively seek Garrett out when he hides, and they have a detailed knowledge of the City and its level design.

Thief will boast multiple paths through its missions, with a range of entrances and exits, and the Focus ability will highlight useful interactive objects that you can climb and slow time while Garrett goes to pickpocket enemies, enabling him to swipe up to three times more booty. Fingerprints show players which drawers are worth looking into and every drawer can be accessed.

Garrett can spend money on upgrading his equipment at the end of each mission and he can decorate his hideout with various artifacts he'll discover. Garrett can utilise other tools too, including the Blackjack that can be used to sneakily knock out unaware guards, the bow for firing arrows to distract or kill, specialised arrows such as dry-ice for extinguishing flames and smoke arrows for getaways. Garrett also has a Claw he can use to grapple certain points.

Thief is due to launch on next-generation consoles in 2014. You can check out leaked in-game images via this here link and read more about Thief in issue 240 of Game Informer.

[Via Game Informer Mobile App]


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Comment #1 by Mickford
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 06:57:17 AM
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I hope the good old Hammerites will make an appearance.
"I'll get taffer" lol :)
Man I loved the original Thief game back in the day.
And the Trickster, now he was a creepy villain.
Sigh, I hope this "reboot" can capture the old feel of the original, one of my all time favourite games. Good times :)

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Comment #2 by SlippedCircle
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:01:49 AM
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I have never played any of the previous games, but this description reminds me alot of Dishonored. Which i loved. I'm not saying they are the same, just feels like it. Hopefully this will be good.


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Comment #3 by Aussie27Legend
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:10:23 AM
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More Bows, oh goodie, the gaming industry has had a huger bow-ner for archery lately XD

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Comment #4 by Serpream
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:17:30 AM
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The greatest thing about Theif was the weird supernatural scary stuff you could find hidden off mission. I will never forget that libary >.

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Comment #5 by crossbit
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:18:04 AM
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@3 True, but Garrett's had a bow since 1998. He saw the trend coming a mile off, clearly. :P

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Comment #6 by LizardKingv666
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:20:11 AM
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@#2: You're right! What I liked the most about Dishonored is that nice little Thief-Feeling :-)

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Comment #7 by SeraphTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:21:25 AM
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@2 If you had played the original Thief games, you would have said the description of Dishonored reminded you of Thief. (Dishonored was indeed an awesome game). The whole plague ridden city idea has (as far as I can remember) always been a part of the Thief franchise.

@3 If Garrett didn't have a bow, there would be hell to pay. It also would basically not be a Thief game. The bow and multiple arrow types are a staple of the series.

But yeah, bows do seem to be cropping up a fair bit at the moment :)

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Comment #8 by unholiesthojo
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:22:52 AM
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Garret has always had a bow. The moss arrow was my favourite. Fire it onto a hard surface to move silently over it.

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Comment #10 by Draznar
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:30:32 AM
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Can't. Stop. Fapping.

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Comment #11 by Rogue Gamer 23
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 07:42:42 AM
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never play it, well add it to the wish list.

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Comment #12 by GhostMaker 343
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 08:12:34 AM
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If you think Thief is a Dishonored-ripoff, you are a taffer.

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Comment #13 by delta91
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 08:21:37 AM
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Sounds interesting and fun... Will buy on first day!

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Comment #14 by Woody28
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 08:23:08 AM
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It's been a long time coming.
New fans to the series are in for a treat.

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Comment #15 by JMegid
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 08:31:54 AM
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As a hardcore Thief fan this looks like the game to have in 2014! I'm excited at the prospect of a level similar to the Cradle from Deadly Shadows, crippling me with fear from it's blood chilling TERROR! Ahem.

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Comment #16 by JMegid
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 08:32:55 AM
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Comment #17 by Dark Anaconda
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 08:46:13 AM
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I have never played any of these Thief Games, but it looks very nice! I have to inform myself about these games.

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Comment #18 by Arenazombie
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 08:56:41 AM
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The Dishonored Developer Arkane consists of a lot of old Looking Glass members, the Devs, that made Thief 1&2

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Comment #19 by B3nJam1n89
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 08:58:41 AM
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This news fills me with joy! One of the most memorable things about the Thief franchise, for me, is in Deadly Shadows. The AI, if memory serves, was brilliant, stirring up trouble and inciting chaos amongst the towns citizens and the guards without them even knowing you're there! :) Oh and Garrett is a badass!

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Comment #20 by ImaginaryRuins
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 09:30:55 AM
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Thief series has some of the best background sound effects and music, making the atmosphere very engaging throughout all levels. Also, Garrett is a thief, not a murderer. I'm confident the developing team can keep these elements, which make Thief different from many current games.

T1 & T2 are more than 10 years old, but they are still two of my favourite games.

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Comment #21 by 1000 kittens
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 09:35:45 AM
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Yes! Clunky sword fighting returns!

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Comment #22 by cheevo360
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 09:41:28 AM
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So happy Thief returns. Really exciting for it. Hope it is become best series. :)

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Comment #23 by TheDeceiver35
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 01:05:22 PM
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@3 the thief bow is what I measure all other bows against. Its what I grew up playing and I can't help it.

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Comment #24 by MajorDuffski
Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 06:44:04 PM
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I loved the Thief feel to Dishonoured so will definitely be giving this a go. Has to be a pre-order for me!

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Eidos Montreal
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US February 25, 2014
Europe February 28, 2014

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