Thief 4: full reveal on 2 April

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Following on from the images circulating earlier this month, a new trailer for the fourth game in the franchise – simply called Thief – has appeared.

The brief teaser uses footage from the game’s engine (including Garrett’s mesh), and promises a full reveal this coming Tuesday. At the game’s website, the announcement reads:

Today is a day that I’ve been looking forward to for some time now. But, before I get into the good news, let me explain a little…

For a while now, we’ve wanted to find a way to give our dedicated fans a little something, a look, a taste, a tease of what’s to come. Fans have been asking, but we’ve not always been able to share as much with you as we’ve wanted. And, that hasn’t stopped Thief fans flocking to the forums in droves, filling the boards with the same type of excitement and anticipation that can only be found on the studio floor here at Eidos-Montréal.

And speaking of the team at Eidos-Montréal, it’s no small feat for a group of such creative people to be kept away, working in the shadows for so long. As many artists will testify, the most rewarding part of the creative process is being able to share your work with your audience and finally see their reaction. It’s the very fuel that drives and feeds the creative spirit.

Today, the shadows are lifting. As a small token of appreciation from the Thief team to you – our patient and dedicated fans (especially those of you on the Official Thief forums!) – we’ve been able to arrange something very special to share with you all. Something I know you’ve been wanting, and something the whole team is excited to share with you.

Your very first glimpse of in-engine footage from Thief.

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A developer blog post from earlier this week tells us that – in common with the previous games – Thief is a first-person stealth game that does feature combat, but that it’s challenging (and frankly easier for the player to try to stay hidden). Players of Dishonored might like Garrett’s “Focus” ability – a temporary bullet-time option that gives him an extra boost when he most needs it – but I’m just excited at the prospect of seeing that blackjack again …

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