Sound the news-horn! Sound it from the highest mountains! Ready your loins! Thief is back.
Unconfirmed leak, yada yada, you know the drill. But, yes, this very much appears to be screenshots of Square-Enix’s rebooted Thief series and OHMIGOD THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING.
Update: now confirmed as real, called ‘Thief’, out on PC and next-gen consoleboxes in 2014.
It looks a lot like Dishonored, dunnit? But then Dishonored looked a lot like Thief, eh? This comes, lest we forget, from the team who did a pretty darn-tootin’ good job of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and now they now get a swing at another PC gaming classic, hopefully with the benefit of experience and hindsight. The godfather of stealth has returned at last: what stories will he tell?
The full, original, batch of screenshots are on GamesManiac (discovered, inevitably, by NeoGAF), but I’ve put a few here for your assessment until someone tells me not to. Click on ‘em for much larger versions, if you like.
Well! What about that then? If I’m honest I might have liked something a little more stylised, but it’s certainly moody, and I suppose that’s what we want from Garrett’s dark, grubby cityscapes. These images are tagged with stuff about ‘next-gen’ consoles, which is obviously all kinds of vague and unconfirmed, but if true hopefully means we’re in for a very pretty PC game rather than one that has to play nice with the last-generation of under-telly boxes.
But wait, there’s more!
Just ‘Thief’ then, do we think? I quite like that. Clean. To the point. Deadly.
Update! Aha! The industry’s default beneficiary of game reveal exclusives, GameStop’s in-store magazine Game Informer, has just gone live with news on its next cover, which is a game indeed called “Thief.” The game’s confirmed as for PC and PS4 so far, with the inveitable Xbox 720 or whatever it’s called likely in there too. They also give this summary:
Series hero Garrett returns to the Gothic, industrial metropolis known simply as the City to steal any and everything that will make him richer. Unfortunately, the City is broiling with social tension as it is ravaged by a plague and lorded over by a political tyrant known as the Baron. In order to survive his adventures, Garrett will have to pay attention to his environment and make use of the may possible paths through each of the game’s levels.
There’s a video preview of of their planned coverage here too.