The Rich Prosper And The Poor Suffer In Thief’s “City” Setting

By Ishaan . March 5, 2013 . 10:00am

This morning Square Enix announced Thief, the next game in the Thief series, for next-gen consoles via a feature in Game Informer magazine. The game is in development at Deus Ex: Human Revolution studio, Eidos-Montréal, and Square have now shared a few tidbits of information outside of the Game Informer reveal, including a vague story summary:


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.


The setting of Thief will be The City, a locale featured in previous games in the series as well. There’s a rising tide of fear in The City, Square Enix say. While the rich in The City prosper, the poor face repression and famine, waiting for something to change.


Like its predecessors, Thief will have you playing from a first-person view. Square Enix say that the game will “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”.


“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,” said Stephane D’Astous, General Manager of Eidos-Montréal. “Our goal is to deliver the fantasy of being Garrett, THE master thief, and we’re building this game around that core experience.”


Thief is planned for release in 2014 on PC, PlayStation 4 and other next-generation consoles.


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  • “…then I survived to steal.” That’s so cheesy.

    • It made me think of the introduction to the “Arrow” TV series, haha.

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        “I had to become something else… I had to become someone else…”

        • DUNDUNDUN DUNDUN DUNDUN! *logo appears*

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

            Glad to find another fan(?) of the show here.

            The show overflows with cheese, but it’s awesome because of that.

          • It actually reminds me of a lot of shows from the ’90s. You know, back when they had controlled budgets and had to do more with less. They’d also try to incorporate romance, drama and action all into one show, so it would appeal to both men/men and adults/kids.

            Stuff like Hercules would have Kevin Sorbo body shots just for the female fans. Arrow reminds me exactly of all those old primetime series. Hercules, Xena, Street Hawk etc.

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

            I never heard of Street Hawk, I’ll have to look that one up.

            But I definitely see some of the similarities between Hercules, Xena, and Arrow. Man, those names brought back some memories…

            In a weird way, though, I was kinda NBC’s The Cape to do relatively well a few years ago because of those same features… But God… that show ended up crashing, burning, and being cremated in its own vehicle of mediocrity. Pretty much a perfect example of “How NOT to create a Superhero TV show”.

          • I never got to watch The Cape or even Smallville, so this is actually my very first live-action superhero show in many, many years. But yeah, like you, I’m really digging it! It doesn’t have the highest budget and they do tend to follow a lot of examples set by the Nolan Batman movies, but there’s nothing else quite like it out there, and I love it for that alone.

            I like how it’s a new, movie-like take on the Green Arrow cast, but they sprinkle things for fans to latch onto all over. Did you watch last week’s episode?

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

            I never watched Smallville either but heard decent things about it.

            But they really are trying to make this new series as close to a Nolan’s Batman as possible. But I hope they keep up with this realistic tone as much as they can; it definitely works for me!

            As for last week’s episode:


            – Glad they brought back Deadshot, and keep re-using China White. Arrow’s been wasting through almost half of the DC villains that they introduce, the one major fault I have with the show.
            – Was not expecting Malcom Merlyn to being so close to revealing his Dark Archer side to Tommy.
            – Definitely was not expecting Oliver to reveal himself to Tommy until much much later in the series!
            – And I prolly should have seen the “Sarah Lance is alive” reveal, but I’m interested to see where they go with it.
            – Seeing Oliver and Slade being so buddy buddy on the island makes me wonder how Oliver will react to the true Deathstroke later on (not Billy Winters’ dead self), if he doesn’t know already and if Deathstroke indeed shows up in Starling City later in this season or next.

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            Yeah, the last couple of episodes have been interesting! First Oliver brings Felicity into the group, which I’d already been waiting to see for a while, since she’s a really cool character. Then, immediately after, you see the relationship between Malcolm and Tommy change to something somewhat resembling father-and-son. And then, immediately after, Oliver reveals himself to Tommy.

            I’m actually glad they’re starting to involve Tommy more in the story now. I think he’s a fantastic character. A spoilt, rich kid who actually has a sense of responsibility underneath. In many ways, he’s quite like Oliver himself. He just hasn’t gone through the necessary trials in life to make him as hardened of a person as Oliver is.

            For a while, it looked like they didn’t know what to do with Tommy, since Laurel kept bouncing between him and Oliver, so I thought he would simply play the foil to Oliver’s main character. But I’m glad they have plans for him beyond that. It’s going to be interesting to see where his loyalties lie. Obviously, Malcolm wants to kill the Hood… and Tommy knows who he is.

            The Sarah Lance thing kind of caught me off-guard. I thought the Sarah part of the story was over and done with. Especially since she’s such a driving force behind Oliver, Laurel and Detective Lance. Bringing her back to life kind of defeats the purpose. But well… this is based on a comic. No on ever stays dead. :P

            Slade is a cool character, too! Having the distinction between him and Deathstroke was kind of a neat surprise, since you would expect them to be the same.

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

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            I agree with bringing Felicity into the fold. Tech smart, keeps to her morals (for now), funny lines, and cute to boot. Though I wonder if she will stay as the “eyes-in-the-sky” role, or if Diggle’s training will put her on the front lines occasionally.

            Speaking of Diggle, I wonder where they’ll take his character from here now that Deadshot is back. I kinda want him to move on from being just on the sidelines. He’s shown himself to be useful in fights, so maybe he’ll take up his own costume soon.

            (Speaking of costumes, Oliver needs to get rid of the face paint and buy damn mask already! It’s getting ridiculous!)

            It is nice to see Tommy at least try to carve out a separate path for himself, even if he is still being associated with the club life. He definitely wised up when his trust fund money was cut off and he’s showing himself to be a much more responsible human. But being smack dab in the middle of Malcom and Oliver’s vigilante conflict will not bode well for him when it comes to a violent climax…

            As for Sarah, I wonder how her personality will turn out, if/when she returns. I kinda hope she has a massive vendetta against Oliver and his family, even though it seems like Laurel has already forgiven him.

            And I definitely want to see how Slade finally turns into the ultimate badass “Deathstroke the Terminator”! The rest of this season’s gonna be interesting!

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          • Yeah, can’t wait to watch more! I agree, Oliver needs to get rid of the face paint and get a mask. It’s kind of unbelievable that no one’s recognized him yet. Or that those Russian mafia guys he occasionally deals with in his regular identity don’t seem to care about who he is? Although, I’m guessing he has a plan for dealing with them eventually, too…

            Seeing Diggle do more work on the frontlines would be nice, too. To be honest, it makes me a little uncomfortable seeing Diggle in the bodyguard role, even if it is just an act. He’s older than Oliver and more experienced in the art of war as well. I feel like he deserves more respect than he’s getting.

            Man, seeing Sarah come back as a crazy villain with a vendetta would be great. Oh, and we completely forgot Roy Harper! I wonder how long it’ll take for him to make the transition to Arsenal and join Oliver’s fight. Also, I like the relationship they’re hinting at between him and Thea already.

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

            Lol, I love how this has become a mini-Arrow thread. See SE, this is what happens when you don’t release enough game info. People go off on random discussions. Anywho…

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            Well I’m guessing that people only see the lower half of his face when they talk to him. The other people who have seen most of is face usually have an arrow stuck in them by the end of the episode. But it is odd that those Russians aren’t really caring much about why this billionaire is doing dealings with them and other seedy individuals. And in Russian no less! Curiosity hasn’t gotten the best of them yet.

            This show has been mixing it up a bit when it comes to characters. Diggle did start out as a bodyguard, I’ll give them that, and he does need to branch out. But adding Roy Harper so early was another big surprise when I first heard about it. I’m not a comic guy (haven’t been in years) but I know that some form of Roy’s progression goes from Speedy > Red Arrow > Arsenal. With Thea having the Speedy nickname, I’m wondering if she’ll be brought into the fold, or they’ll skip using Speedy and move straight to Red Arrow or Arsenal for Roy. Or, since they like mixing up characters, I’d like to see Diggle as some form of Arsenal, since he already has military training plus the new combat training he’s getting from Oliver.

            And then there’s the Huntress. I’m glad she’s being used as a recurring character as a moral foil to Oliver’s Arrow that seems to like crossing lines that even he won’t cross (as far as we know). I know she’s in the next scheduled episode and I hope she continues to have a presence in some form.
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          • Hey, no one else is using the thread for anything. May as well make use of it. :P

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            I think Roy will likely skip the Speedy phase and go straight to the Arsenal phase. Not in name, of course, but in attitude. But then again, to my knowledge, by the time Roy turned into Arsenal in Young Justice (I haven’t read the Green Arrow comics in years like you), he was pretty bitter and cynical about a whole lot of things.

            Considering that Oliver himself is like that in this show, I wonder how they’ll set Roy apart. I like the Roy character already. Just his alter-ego (if he has one) should be interesting to watch.

            I actually like a lot of the cast for the show. The only people I’m not keen on are Detective McKenna and Laurel. I feel like they douse them a little too much in makeup and glitter for them to really be convincing for their parts. McKenna’s a cop, and a damn good one at that. Seeing her overloaded on mascara and blush kind of takes away from her character.

            The same goes for Laurel. Somehow, I just don’t get the “lawyer” vibe from her. I don’t think she’s a bad actress. Just… she doesn’t quite look the part yet, IMO.

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

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            I’ve gotten used to Laurel’s relative uselessness, being a regular civilian and all, but seeing Detective McKenna getting her hands dirty has been refreshing. Though I agree, she’s a bit too glamoured for the police work she’s doing. Didn’t know super models did cop work on the side.

            But hopefully this “Sarah’s-still-alive” arc will show a more active side of Laurel than we’ve seen so far. Speaking of the Lance family, one possibility that I thought of was that Sarah doesn’t come back as a villain, but maybe as a precursor to Black Canary. They did bring up that photo of her when she was younger with that pet canary… Or maybe she will be back as a villain, and Laurel has to become Black Canary to stop her. Or maybe Dianah “Mama” Lance will don the fishnets and show us how it’s really done.

            Hmm… I’m probably just rambling here.

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          • Hahahaha, Mama Lance as Black Canary would be incredible! Oh, speaking of missing/dead characters… I do hope they don’t put an end to Walter just yet. He’s actually one of my favourite characters in the show. The snooping around he did with Felicity’s help said a great deal about his character.

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

            I like Walter (and the British accent doesn’t hurt either) and hope he makes it out of his predicament OK. The person I can’t stand atm is Moria. I don’t see what he likes in her. She’s lying to his face and is the direct reason he’s in some dungeon somewhere. She also switches personality so quickly it’s hard to understand just what she really believes in. She wasn’t batting an eyelash when she was going to have Malcom killed in front of a mass of people with high possibility of collateral, but the second she saw Tommy at the party, she all of a sudden got a heart. Now that Malcom wants Moria to find the traitor in the group, I’m guessing she’s going to throw Frank and his good intentions under the bus to cover her own ass.

        • JustThisOne

          “I had to become an arrow. :I”

    • TyeTheCzar

      It’s sad, but true. Poverty is one of the biggest reasons for a person to commit a crime.

      • l777l

        You misunderstood that.

  • XiaomuArisu

    The same guys which made DE:HR?
    Sounds good to me!

    BTW is it me or does Siliconera looks different?

    • DesmaX

      It’s opening the mobile version for you?

      • Jordan Coleman

        Keeps happening to me on my desktop randomly.

        • DesmaX

          Yeah, sometimes it does on my PC. And it’s even worse on my phone (It always open the normal website)

      • XiaomuArisu

        It did.
        Thought it was a new background or somethingXD

  • l777l

    I’d prefer 3rd person.

    • mirumu

      You’re basically saying you’d prefer a different game. Thief as it was in the past isn’t really a good fit for third person.

      • l777l

        You do have a point; I wouldn’t see the change as quite as dramatic, but certainly as one with significant impact.

  • MrRobbyM

    I just hope it doesn’t become anything like Assassin’s Creed or Deus Ex. Nothing wrong with those two but I don’t want Thief turning into something it’s not.

    Really hoping they can capture that concept art well in-game. I love the dark feeling and the fog.

  • SirRichard

    It’s great that they seem to acknowledge exactly how beloved the series is by its fans and what sort of tightrope they’re going to be walking with it, but I hope we get a look at it in action soon or something. Also calling it now, some sort of magical ability or special gadget that lets him see enemies and things through walls.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Never played any of the previous entries in the series, but no time like the present, huh?

    I’m not sure if they said, but was this series one of the inspirations for some of the gameplay for Dishonored, or is this a totally different beast altogether?

    • mirumu

      The game director of Dishonoured, Harvey Smith, worked on the Thief series in the past, and the developers freely admitted it’s influence in interviews. Despite that however there’s still significant differences. For a start Dishonoured spends a lot more time in well lit areas than Thief ever did.

  • Jordan Coleman

    Yep, topical themes. That’s what I expect games to handle well. Debt, class in-balances, and the like sure have been in quite a few games recently. Sure I’d like a game to take on these very real themes well, but it really has yet to happen.

    Hopefully, Edios can achieve it. They were pretty good with Deus Ex.

  • Göran Isacson

    Aaah, so it IS a sequel? Excellent- that is pretty much what I wanted. Time to sneak around and help myself to some certainly illgotten wealth for… redistribution purposes. To the needy.

    Myself :)

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