Square-Enix is on a roll today. First they release Tomb Raider, now they’re announcing a reboot of the Thief series. They’re working on this one alongside Eidos Montreal, the team behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
According to a press release, the Thief will be “the reinvention of a franchise that helped define an entire genre of games.”
The story so far is that there’s rising fear in “The City.” The distance between rich and poor is becoming more defined, and those who are on the bottom rungs face misery and suppression, and there’s sickness and famine on top of that. The press release states, “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.”
There’s also a nice little letter that paints a picture of our protagonist:
“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.”
Stephane D’Astous, General Manager, Eidos Montréal, said in the release, “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,” D’Astous said.Gameinformer currently has exclusive coverage on it, but we’ll keep you updated as information comes out.