Eidos-Montreal has confirmed to IncGamers that the second game it’s developing is indeed a new entry in the Thief series.

As has been heavily rumoured for what seems like forever, Eidos-Montreal’s second long-standing project, along with a third Deus Ex game, is a fourth Thief game.

This was originally teased over a year ago, with mentions that Eidos was looking to revive “successful” franchises, and since then things have become more and more cryptic. We’ve been told the title began with a T, we’ve seen a logo that looked suspiciously like the Thief logo, and we’ve heard that it places in a number of specific games lists on websites.

Now, as expected, we’ve learned that the title is indeed a fourth Thief game, currently under the working title of Thi4f. As you may have noticed (thanks to jtr7 for bringing this to our attention) Eidos recently registered a number of domains, including thi4f.com, all of which point towards thief4.com.

We’ll be bringing you more details as the day goes on.Update 3:30 GMT: Official press release has now been issued.Eidos-Montréal is excited to unveil its previously secret second title in development at the studio, Thief™ 4, the next instalment in the legendary series.

The original Thief game, Thief: The Dark Project redefined first person gaming and established an entirely new genre of stealth based game play. The critically and commercially acclaimed Thief series has won numerous awards and accolades including GameSpy Hall of Fame, GameSpot Greatest Games of All Time and The Academy of Interactive Arts And Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Character and Story Development.

Eidos-Montréal, which is also currently producing the much anticipated Deus Ex™ 3, has recruited the very best core team for the development of Thief 4. The team is comprised of industry veterans who have worked on an incredible collection of AAA titles and who each bring personal expertise in their respective fields.

“We’re in the early development stages for Thief 4, but this is an incredibly ambitious and exciting project for Eidos,” said Stéphane D’Astous, General Manager at Eidos-Montréal. “While it’s too early for us to offer any specific game details, right now we are focused on recruiting the very best talent to join the core team at the studio and help us make what we believe will be one of the most exciting games on the market.”

Development is under way and the team is looking to recruit the very best talent as production ramps up. If you are a world-class developer looking to join the talented Thief 4 team, visit www.eidosmontreal.com to submit your résumé or www.thief4.com to join the community discussion.Update: IncGamers have learned that returning voice actors are a possibility, and that the game is still in the very early stages of development.Check out the first developer interview with Eidos Montreal.

Paul Younger
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