When rumours emerged that Thief 5, along with a related movie project, were in the works, we were more than a little concerned.
“Widely considered to be one of the greatest games ever created, a fifth sequel is currently in development to be released in step with this motion picture adaptation,” read the Straight Up Film report earlier this month.
While we agree that the original Thief series was an absolute belter, the 2014 reboot wasn’t quite the ticket. On Metacritic, it’s currently rocking a score of 7/10, which basically equals to a resounding “meh”. For us, the series was so good that a reboot was always such a risky move and as expected, it failed to capture some of that original magic.
The stealth gameplay was still great, along with the level design and graphics, but the story, intrigue and serious technical issues ruined whatever potential lay within.
Thankfully, it seems that the Thief 5 rumours aren’t true in the slightest. According to David Anfossi, Studio Head at Eidos Montreal – the team responsible for the 2014 reboot – has tweeted that people should “forget it!”
— David Anfossi (@DavidAnfossi) May 15, 2017
We love his tongue-in-cheek tweet and hilarious mock-up that’s on his screen. Nothing like a silly tweet to bash down some internet rumours once and for all.
With lacklustre sales and middling reviews, there’s little wonder that Eidos and publisher Square Enix aren’t carrying on with the series.
Of course, Square Enix also recently announced that it is cutting ties with Hitman developer IO Interactive after some serious financial losses. It’s not clear yet what’s happening to the developer or season two of the brilliant episodically released Hitman, but there’s a game we’d actually love to play.
Who knows, maybe someone else will pick up the Thief series and make it great again, but we won’t hold our breath.