Square Enix has been in the news quite a bit these past few weeks, with the latest speculation pointing at a fifth Thief title being developed according to film studio Straight Up Films. The studio claims the game is planned for release alongside a feature film, though according to game developer Eidos Montreal, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
After hearing the news, Eidos Montreal head David Anfossi took to Twitter to playfully shoot down the potential Thief rumors. Along with the title card with the words Thief 5 and a screenshot of protagonist Garret, Anfossi sarcastically wrote that his studio is apparently working on a Thief 5 game.
Now that they have a title, all they need now is a budget and a team to start working on it. The words ‘Forget It’ at the end are there to put this rumor to bed once and for all.
— David Anfossi (@DavidAnfossi) May 15, 2017
While it’s possible that Eidos Montreal could be trying to cover its tracks prior to an upcoming E3 reveal, it’s more likely that nothing is going on at the moment at the studio. Square Enix has a stable full of studios to tap into, so if the speculation of a Thief 5 is indeed true, it’s entirely possible that a different studio has been put on the case.
With the Deus Ex franchise now on hold and now IO Interactive on the selling block, Square Enix has recently begun to shift priority and focus on its core franchises and studios. Considering that the last Thief game was met with mixed reviews and less than stellar sales, it’d be surprising to see a new entry in the franchise so soon.
Still, many have begun to wonder what Square Enix has planned for its western studios and some of its older IPs like Thief. Obviously Final Fantasy is well covered thanks to the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, along with a new Avengers title in partnership with Marvel that was announced earlier this year. Outside of that, however, Square Enix has not said much. With E3 less than a month away, it’s likely that fans will finally be getting some answers.
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Source: David Anfossi