Eidos Explains How 5 Years Of Experimentation Helped Shape Thief 4

Thief 4 has been in development for almost five years now, and it still is. Narrative director Steven Gallagher decided to share the reasons for this lengthy development cycle.

To avoid “million dollar disasters,” Eidos Montreal decided to keep Thief 4 team at minimal size during the concept stage and until the game’s core elements were settled. The team was given free pass to reinvent all and any aspects of the famous stealth FPS series, so they started experimenting. A LOT.

Among other stuff, the team tried out new protagonists, parkour-style environment traversal, third person gameplay and dynamically switching between 1st and 3rd person perspectives. "Concepting was a really cool time," reminisced Steven Gallagher. "There were a lot of ideas. It was very creatively energetic, but there was a lot of stuff that went on the table and was quickly taken off the table, and then placed in a dark room never to be seen."

"Some of the early concept stuff had Garrett a little too soft in his approach. That was a fine line to walk. I had a lot of problems with some of the early focus tests because I had turned his movements up too much towards the female spectrum."

But all those experiments didn’t converge to single solid game experience, so the studio hired Splinter Cell veteran Stephane Roy as producer.

Roy had a single mission: “figure out the original mandate” of Thief 4.

"I noticed that when I asked several directors about the original mandate, there was no clear answer," he explained. "When you try a lot of things, sometimes it's difficult to keep the focus."

"You try this and you try that and you forget what the game is about. It happened a couple of times where we were wrong, and that was tough on the team, but at the end of the day, people on the game really believe in Thief."

But all those years of experimentation didn’t go to waste. In fact, they helped Eidos Montreal find out the recipe for designing great stealth games: "Force players into a series of impossible situations and then give them the tools to escape."

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doesn't sound like games are

doesn't sound like games are being developted anymore by people who actually like or play games. Narrative director?? towards female spectrum?? you ever see supposed artists/directors/actors/producers talking nonsense? there's a really good parody about this called "close range" where the "developers" are talking about what a good "story" they put in a game that's just about shooting anything that comes onscreen :) experimenting is playtesting your levels over & over & over and tweaking stuff like enemy and object locations, level design ... etc. that's what I did in half-life & doom level editors, and friends had darn fun trying my levels. experimenting is about tweaking the difficulty of encounters to be challanging-but-not-frustrating, and to add vareity to make every encounters different and unique & memorable rather than the same random generated battle over and over. that's what I do for pen-and-paper AD&D and little kids don't get bored in my games. Not bragging here. Just saying these suits are full of it.


Why the hell even comment then..... No one cares about dishonored or if you care about the game this article is mentioning.... why are you even here... the hell?

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