Thief debut trailer

Trailer Aaron Birch 2 Apr 2013 - 07:18

Eidos Montreal's stealth 'em up, Thief, has a trailer, and here it be...

The Thief series is one of the most critically-acclaimed of the stealth genre, even though sales-wise, it's never really been a huge success. Making its debut on the PC in 1998 with Thief: The Dark Project, the series continued with the excellent Thief II: The Metal Age, and Thief: Deadly Shadows.

The latter of the trio was released on PC and console, and was developed by none other than Warren Spector's now defunct Ion Storm, but despite the third game being an excellent release it's the second game in the series that most fans consider the best.

Thief II: The Metal Age hit all the right notes, with often sprawling, open missions (something lost in the third game), a distinctly odd steampunk-infused Gothic world, and some of the best stealth gameplay ever devised.

It's been around nine years since series protagonist, Garrett, has stalked the private dwellings of the wealthy, helping himself to riches galore, whilst being roped into world-impacting situations by the Keepers, but fear not, as he's coming back to break and enter once again.

Now under to watchful eye of Square Enix, and developed by Deus Ex: Human Revolution creator, Eidos Montreal, the Thief reboot is due to arrive on PC and next gen consoles. Below you'll find the first trailer for the new instalment, which clearly shows that the franchise is being reworked and re-imaged for a new audience.

Now looking more than a little ninja-like, with a familiar dash of cloaked, medieval thief, Garrett will still be up to his old tricks, making use of arrows, exotic devices and, of course, his trusty lock picks. And, from the closing shot of the trailer, it also appears as though he'll still be sporting his mechanical eye, first given to him by the Mechanists at the end of The Dark Project.

The story of the game will see Garrett return to the series' setting of The City to find it hit by a plague, and under the control of a man known as The Baron. The gameplay will feature the usual stealth-heavy play, with out and out violence being used as a last resort.

However, despite the lean towards stealth, which has always been the case with the series, players will still be able to approach situation in a number of ways, including attempting to 'ghost' each level, renaming totally undetected, and leaving enemies untouched.

New to the series will be the Focus ability, which will grant players various super-human skills, such as enhanced sight, raised environmental awareness, the ability to slow down the world around him, and the option of performing deadly attacks on foes. It has been made clear, however, that this new mechanic is purely optional, so veterans of the series can still play it as they prefer.

Thief is expected to arrive sometime in 2014.

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