Last week, Straight up Films – the production studio behind the upcoming film adaptation of the Thief series – claimed that a new Thief game was in development via the following post on their website:
“Originally released in 1998 by Eidos Interactive (Deus Ex) and distributed by Square Enix (Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy), the Thief series has spanned over fifteen years and four sequels continually retaining loyal audiences and attracting new fans with each iteration. Widely considered to be one of the greatest games ever created, a fifth sequel is currently in development to be released in step with this motion picture adaptation.”
At the time, Eidos Montreal did not comment on the development of a new Thief title. That changed this week when the studio sent out the following tweet designed to shut these rumors down:— David Anfossi (@DavidAnfossi) May 15, 2017
The studio’s official – and quite humorous – response doesn’t really come as a surprise. Developer Eidos Montreal had previously suggested that they would only release a new game in the Thief franchise if the 2014 reboot of the series did well. While the game’s official sales figures remain a mystery, it didn’t necessarily receive a warm welcome from new players or longtime franchise fans.
Does that mean we’re never getting a new Thief game? Well, you should never say never (especially if the film proves to be a big hit), but Eidos Montreal is currently working on a pretty high-profile Avengers game that is surely taking up a lot of their time and resources.
As for the film, it’s success or failure might be a ways off. There isn’t even a director or principal cast members attached to the adaptation yet meaning that it eventual theatrical debut is quite a ways off.
Oh well. This update just gives you another reason to replay Thief II, one of the greatest stealth titles ever made.