Thief Reboot Is “More Nuanced” Than Dishonored, Says Eidos Montreal

The forthcoming reboot of seminal stealth series Thief has been widely likened to recent blockbuster hit Dishonored, with everything from its plague-ridden steampunk setting to the ability to complete the game without killing a single person inviting close comparison.

But Thief’s lead level designer has said that their game will be much “more nuanced” than Dishonored.

In an interview with CVG, Eidos Montreal’s Daniel Windfeld Schmidt said: “We loved Dishonored. They did an awesome job. But when we were playing it, it was not what we wanted to do because they had very arcade, magical mechanics with teleportation and so on.

“That gave the player a lot of freedom and a lot of empowerment, but the game was about killing people and about revenge and we’re like, ‘we just want to steal stuff!’

“A lot of Dishonored is about having a lot of different ways to play and combine powers. We’re more about the nuanced options: how do you affect the environment with the tools you have? How do you manipulate the NPCs to circumvent them?

“To really feel immersiveness you need to have relativity. This is one of the reasons we went for the mystical aspect over the magical aspect. We wanted to be more grounded and make it feel as if you’re there pick-pocketing.”

Dishonored was of course itself inspired by the early Thief games, which set a high standard for the sub-genre of stealth-action.

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