Thief is an upcoming first person adventure video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix.

A reboot of the Thief series of games, of which it is the fourth game. The reboot was officially revealed through this month’s issue of Game Informer.

According to GI, Thief sees the return of series hero Garrett, designed by the game’s director Nicolas Cantin. The rejoins Garrett in The City, a industrial metropolis “shadowy world… ravaged with sickness and famine”, looking “to steal any and everything that will make him richer.”

Thief

A non-linear structure to mission design is promised, and Square claims that players will have “freedom to choose their path through the game’s levels and how they approach and overcome each challenge”.

“Unfortunately, the City is broiling with social tension as it is ravaged by a plague and lorded over by a political tyrant known as the Baron. In order to survive his adventures, Garrett will have to pay attention to his environment and make use of the may possible paths through each of the game’s levels,” via story blurb.

Thief has various tools Garret can access:

  • Blackjack: Can be used when sneaking up behind guards to knock them out.
  • Bow: A powerful weapon that can also be used outside of combat. For example, fire an arrow at a bottle in another room to lure away a guard.
  • Claw: Can be used to grapple certain points.
  • Specialty Arrows: Each has a different use. A dry-ice arrow can be used to snuff flames from far away. A smoke-starter arrow can create a distraction.

Eidos Montreal’s general manager, Stephane D’Astous said: “We’re handling a precious gemstone with THIEF.”

“Fans remember the original games very fondly and we want to preserve that essence – which we have excellent experience of doing at Eidos-Montréal – whilst also introducing THIEF to a brand new, next-generation, audience.

“Our goal is to deliver the fantasy of being Garrett, THE master thief, and we’re building this game around that core experience.”

Thief will be available for PC, PS4 and next-generation consoles in 2014.

 

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