What was originally planned as "Thief 4" is now simply "Thief," a reboot of the first-person stealth series, coming to the PC and bypassing the current generation of consoles. Square Enix announced the "reinvention" this morning as part of Game Informer's April cover reveal for the 2014 release.
The reveal sees Garrett, a new thief stalking the streets of The City, weaving his way in and out of a cauldron of social unrest. According to Game Informer, the reboot will require Garrett to be cognizant of his environment in order to survive encounters with enemies and would-be victims.
Here's the official synopsis:
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.
There is a rising tide of fear in The City. Hatred saturates every stone and whilst the rich prosper, the less fortunate face misery and repression. Ravaged with sickness and famine, they wait for something to change.
Into this shadowy world steps Garrett, THE master thief in a first-person adventure featuring intelligent design that allows players to take full control, with freedom to choose their path through the game’s levels and how they approach and overcome each challenge.
It's been nearly four years since we last heard anything from the "Thief" franchise after the announcement of the fourth game. Sony has said that developers have had next-gen specs in their hands for a few years now, possibly explaining the lengthy radio silence on "Thief 4" for the 360 and PS3.
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