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Rumor: Thief devs 'unhappy' with demo, holding back gameplay footage

Fans who have been anxiously waiting for a glimpse of the next Thief game have yet to see any gameplay footage. Why? Sources suggest that the development team is currently unhappy with how the game is shaping up.

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We got a good look at the upcoming Thief reboot at GDC. However, fans who have been anxiously waiting for a glimpse have yet to see any gameplay footage. Why? Sources suggest that the development team was not thrilled with the captured video.

Polygon reports that the team was unhappy with the quality of the footage they had from the game. Only screenshots from the level were released, and the trailer provided (seen below) showed nothing of what was demoed. Oddly, that same demo took 10 months to create and used almost every content designer on the team for six of those months.

One factor could be that lead level designed Dominic Fleury chose to leave the developer some time in March as the publicity push was ramping up on the game. Thief has been in development for five years, and first announced in 2009. Polygon's source said internal strife and numerous departures from the team apparently have contributed to the delays, something that Internet sleuth superannuation reported in June of last year. BioWare developer Manveer Heir, who also lives in Montreal, tweeted that he had also heard rumors to that effect.

Still, the developer can no longer be gun-shy, as a proper showing of actual gameplay is expected to come at E3.

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    April 26, 2013 2:04 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Rumor: Thief devs 'unhappy' with demo, holding back gameplay footage.

    Fans who have been anxiously waiting for a glimpse of the next Thief game have yet to see any gameplay footage. Why? Sources suggest that the development team is currently unhappy with how the game is shaping up.

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      April 26, 2013 3:34 PM

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      April 26, 2013 5:28 PM

      That's funny, I'm not happy with what I've seen either.

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      April 27, 2013 5:37 AM

      Who cares what they think. We're the ones supposed to like it. Show us what you have and if you get negative feedback, since you're willing to change things up anyway, do it afterwards.

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        April 28, 2013 8:17 AM

        "[...] the development team is currently unhappy with how the game is shaping up."

        That's just a euphemism for "we showed some non-team members the game and they told us it sucked, so we're pretending to have high standards, when in fact we just don't want everyone to DNF us."

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      April 29, 2013 6:46 AM

      I am getting really worried about how this is shaping up. I'm such a huge fan of the series, and I don't want them to screw this up. They didn't need to change a whole ot; the gameplay was great in the first few games. I guess it just stinks to be so excited about a release, and then to keep hearing bad news about it. Sigh...

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      April 29, 2013 10:17 AM

      Hopefully they have the balls to do whatever has to be done to make the game fun. Valve scrapped the entire game of Half Life when it was nearly complete the first time around because it wasn't fun. Started from scratch a second time around and ended up selling a decent amount of copies.

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