It’s been a little less than a month since Eidos Montreal blew the lid off Thief 4, revealing that the master thief known as Garrett will return. Since then, Eidos has clued gamers into the Thief 4 development process, explaining how Garrett’s design evolved over time, and confirming that non-lethal playthroughs are possible (sure to assuage Thief purist’s fears).

Now, a new trailer for the game has been released (seen above) to better introduce new players to the character of Garrett. Unfortunately, the trailer itself is comprised entirely of pre-rendered, CG footage, meaning we’ll have to wait until a later date to see the game in action.

That being said, the Thief 4 trailer does adequately show off the various tools of the trade players will have to work with — among them a bow, grappling hook, and smoke bomb. And, of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the lock pick, the ultimate tool of the thief trade.

Here’s a brief blurb about the game courtesy of Eidos:

There is a rising tide of fear in The City. Hatred saturates every stone and whilst the rich prosper, the less fortunate face misery and repression. Ravaged with sickness and famine, they wait for something to change.

Into this shadowy world steps Garrett the Master Thief in a first-person adventure featuring intelligent design that allows players to take full control, with freedom to choose how they approach and overcome each challenge and forge their own path through the game.

Yes, the trailer sells the game’s basic concepts, but we’d love to see something from the actual game. While it may not sell gamers on the title as a whole, some new concept art for Thief has made its way online to showcase some of the game’s early inspirations.

When you’re playing as a master thief such as Garrett, the shadows are your friend, and so this concept art keeps the color palette to muted tones and very deep blacks. The art itself is intricately detailed, but we’re even more excited to see what Eidos can deliver with next-gen systems. The title has already been confirmed for PC and PS4, with an ominous spot left for “other next-gen systems.” I wonder what they could be?

Another important thing of note: the trailer only labels the game as Thief, not Thief 4 (or Thi4f). Will this title be more along the lines of a reboot or a remake?

What do you think of the direction Eidos is taking this version of Thief? Do you like what you’ve seen so far?

Thief has no release date, but is targeting a 2014 release date on the PS4, PC, and other next-gen systems.

Source: Nicolas Ferrand (via Kotaku)