If you’ve been looking forward to the next major installment in the Thief franchise, we’ve got some interesting news to throw your way, as developer Eidos has made it clear that they’re treating Thief 4 like a completely new IP.
GM of Eidos Montreal, Stephane D’Astous, shared with OXM what their plans are for Thief 4, pointing out how they aim to keep the original charm of the series alive while bringing new and interesting innovations into the fold.
We have more international staff working on Thief, which brings a great flavour to the game. There are a lot of challenges to bringing back a great cult IP, but we consider it like a new IP and we are going to respect the spirit of the franchise like we did with Deus Ex.
D’Astous went on to explain how the team plans to apply the approach they took with Deus Ex: Human Revolution to Thief 4, saying:
Deus Ex was the kick-start of this new series of great games, and Thief will be part of that. We don’t want to deliver the same each time. Our mandate is to bring new stuff to the table; games that we’ll be talking about for years.
Thief 4 is being published by Square Enix and will launch on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 at a date yet to be announced.