According to a statement given to Eurogamer by Eidos Montreal, the new Thief game won’t have a any competitive multiplayer when it ships. However, there is a chance it will have some online component.
“Right now, let’s say competitive multiplayer, like the example you just gave us – Tomb Raider – there is no plan for that,” said game producer Stephane Roy.
“We are looking to see if there is maybe a challenge mode with some online component, but I’m going to be very honest with you – our main goal with this team is to give you the best single-player experience, just to bring back this franchise, to convince you we’re part of the future and not something holding onto the past. It’s really demanding, so I don’t want to see my team wasting any energy… I want to see them focusing on that.”
“We think maybe some challenge mode could be interesting, with online component like I said, but again, let’s see in the near future, let’s have another meeting together, maybe we’ll be able to give you more information. But again, no competitive multiplayer. Single-player is asking a lot of energy.”
So there, Thief will apparently be a single-player focused game, just like the original trilogy.
In other news, some new screenshots and concept art were released yesterday, and you can see them below. True, we’ve seen some of them already, but now they are official.
Thief will launch on next-gen consoles and PC in 2014.