A new interview with the Game Director of the upcoming Thief was posted on the community website for Eidos Montreal. The interview reveals a new mechanic being introduced to the game called ‘Focus’. Apparently focus empowers Garret by increasing his reaction time and reflexes, however, the developers are worried it might offend Thief ‘purists’ who want to play Thief on the traditionally unforgiving difficulty.
Presently, it’s completely the player’s choice to use Focus or not. If players want to challenge themselves to stick to Garrett’s basic abilities, they can. Garrett’s Focus ability is there to empower the player when they need it, to give Garrett an edge over those surrounding him. But it comes at a cost. It’s all about giving choice to the player, but it will not break the game balance.
I’m kind of wringing my hands in worry about this game. On the one hand, I am a lover of Thief, and I want to see more of the series and on the other if they ruin my beloved franchise, I’m very likely to jump off a cliff. I know for sure that I won’t be touching the focus mechanic, how about you?