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Thief is going to be different. Of course, the series is being rebooted, reimagined after ten years in the shadows, so it's bound to step forward cloaked in a very different mantle, and it's unreasonable not to expect some substantial changes. Nevertheless, pull that hood back and you may not recognise the face that stares back. Thief is going to be different.
2014 is upon us, and it promises riches and glory unlike any year before it. With their launches under their belts, the next generation of consoles will, hopefully, show us what they're made of. Virtual reality headsets may make their mark on the mainstream. And with a raft of crowdfunded games due out over the next 12 months, 2014 should tell us whether all that money we pumped into promising projects on Kickstarter was worth it.
We haven't heard much from Garrett in the last nine years, which makes a certain amount of sense considering he's a master of shadows who can go through entire games without being identified by anyone else in them. But the way the new Thief game is being pitched, with Garrett as a simmering anti-hero, means we may be about to learn a lot more about him. He even has a catchphrase. "What's yours... is mine." That's what he purrs self-confidently as the new logo lingers on-screen at the end of his first outing for the press. Please adjust your gamma slider until the hashtags are barely visible.
What do The Joker, Brandon Lee, a raccoon and an outlaw have in common? They all went into reinventing Garrett. Game director Nicolas Cantin talked in detail about the process and we document it for you elsewhere in our Thief coverage.
Amidst all the excitement about E3 press conference stars like Beyond, Watch Dogs and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, it's easy to forget that not everything we hear about will make it to fruition, and that the time it takes for a game to go from spectacular reveal to an ignominious death that no one even bothers to report is only as long as it takes for a trailer to fade from memory. Given that we've published 478 videos so far this week, and some of them were for games like that Nike Plus thing, that's not long.