As one of the first games announced for the next generation of consoles, Eidos Montreal‘s upcoming reboot Thief may have gotten a jump on the competition. But since then, the continuous parade of stunning visuals and next-gen game worlds in production has caught up. Controversy or no, the developers are going to have to work to stay in the conversation.
The latest trailer will no doubt help, containing a healthy amount of in-game footage and gameplay as the brand new Garrett picks his way across ‘The City,’ robbing from its wealthiest citizens, and eliminating any obstacle – or anyone – that gets in his way.
Since being unveiled, Thief has been the subject of some scrutiny, with rumors abounding over its stalled development, internal troubles and studio departures. Even with that in mind, there’s a lot of doubt gamers would be willing to forget if the game in question is promising enough in terms of graphics or animation. And in that regard, this trailer is off to a good start.
With the trailer comes a few new screenshots of the environments Garrett will be exploring, and who he’ll be receiving his tips from. Take a look:
The developers have spoken in the past of just how much time and care is going into the way Garrett moves; doing justice to his skills as a master thief with every step he takes. Fans have still seen relatively little in terms of gameplay since the E3 walkthrough demo (crouching, creeping, and the occasional attack), but with every slide of Garrett’s hand along a picture frame, or silent step on a building’s ledge, their work seems to be on display.
The trailer again emphasizes that Garrett has a knack for evading patrols and disarming locks (aided by his vast array of tools and gadgets) but there’s more fueling him than a lust for profit. As an orphan from the streets of ‘The City,’ Garrett has returned to discover just how corrupt its ruling elite has become, and embarks on what looks to be an extremely personal mission to rid them of their wealth. So even if stealth and thievery is what attracts gamers to Thief, it doesn’t mean there won’t be a message to go along with it.
Using lines of dialogue and gameplay taken from previous trailers won’t calm concerns that the game is still a long way from completion, but even if that’s the case, the development team seems committed to at least doing the brand justice. Even if it may take longer than expected.
What do you think of the gameplay footage seen in the trailer? Does it look to be a polished experience (along the lines of Dishonored) or do you still see cause for concern? Sound off in the comments.
Thief is expected to release in 2014 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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