Here's about 10 minutes of Thief gameplay

So you've probably heard: they're making a new Thief game. I was skeptical about the whole thing, since Dishonored gave us something pretty close to the Thief experience last year. A 10-minute gameplay video of the Thief sequel has made it to YouTube, though, and I have to say, the footage has tempered my skepticism somewhat. See for yourself:

Many of the staples of the original Thief series have returned, including the light gem and the different arrow types. It's pretty clear that the game rewards the player for stealth and exploration, too. I like the idea of picking guards' pockets instead of murdering them indiscriminately. There was some degree of that in Dishonored, but avoiding combat in that game was difficult—and at times frustrating.

Also, while the video compression makes it hard to get a good look at the graphics, the new Thief's character models and environments clearly have an extra layer of fidelity compared to today's cross-platform titles. Cobblestones are individually rendered, facial hair is surprisingly lifelike, and textures are nice and sharp. I only wish the lighting and art direction were a little more inspired, but I guess you can only do so much with the whole "pseudo-medieval town at night" thing.

Thief is currently in development at Eidos Montreal, and it's due out next year for the PC and next-gen consoles. (Thanks to Polygon for the link to the video.)

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