THE BUZZ: Eidos Montreal general manager Stephane D’Astous has revealed that Thief 4 will be about more than just stealth.
Development of the Deadly Shadows sequel is being approached in a similar way to Deus Ex, in that it will keep the heart and soul of the franchise while offering players new features.
“We have more international staff working on Thief, which brings a great flavor to the game,” D’Astous told OXM. “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.”
“Deus Ex was the kick-start of this new series of great games, and Thief will be part of that, 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,” he added.
EGM’s TAKE: Reviving an old franchise is always a tricky business. You have the old fans to consider in development, so you need to keep game systems and mechanics similar so as not to alienate the game’s main audience. But, at the same time you also need to add new features in order to entice the current-generation to purchase the game. Striking this balance is the key to a good reboot. Deus Ex did it pretty well managing to enjoy solid sales, its only downfall being those boss fights. Hopefully Thief 4 can enjoy the same level of success, pleasing both new and old fans alike.
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