Thief Returns in 2014 for PC and Next-Gen Consoles (and Drops the Thi4f Nonsense)

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Thief 4 has been quietly hiding in the shadows for a few years now, but with the dawning of the next-generation console cycle Eidos and Square Enix are finally ready to bring the game out of stealth mode.

Game Informer’s April 2013 issue will have the full cover story reveal in the next couple of weeks, but today’s official press release from Square Enix and other reports confirm that the game is in development for PC and PlayStation 4 (as well as the still-to-be-announced next Xbox) and is expected to ship sometime next year. Oh yeah, and they’re dropping the ‘4’ from the title. The fourth Thief will now simply be known as Thief, not Thief 4 or Thi4f as it was laughably titled once upon a time.

The team behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution is crafting Thief as a franchise reboot with a new vision for the next generation of gaming, while at the same time promising to preserve the “essence” of what made the original Thief games so special.

To that end, the new Thief, a first-person stealth adventure, will mark master thief Garrett’s return to The City, a Victorian, industrial world plagued by famine, disease, and social injustice under the ruling fist of a tyrant named the Baron. As Garrett, players will be given “full control, with freedom to choose their path through the game’s levels and how they approach and overcome each challenge.”

This quote from Garrett himself offers an early glimpse into the mind of a legendary master thief.

Time has moved on. Power has shifted. New greed replaces the old.
But to remain free in the city of chains – that is still the greatest prize.
First I stole to survive… then I survived to steal.
I am one man; I hear your secrets, see your hidden truths.
I am the shadows, the dark and deadly, the velvet night. You will not see me coming.

I am Garrett….What’s yours is mine.

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