Thief 3 Update

More Thief 3 news for you today, which comes by way of the forums at Through the Looking Glass, where project lead Randy Smith has posted a status report on the game (thanks Thief Underground). The post contains a runthrough of the various team members, as well as an update on what they have all been up to lately. Here's an excerpt:
Well, the programming effort has long since switched from planning to implementing. In addition to the usual engine enhancements and tool modifications, we’ve made a ton of progress on interface, player movement, and AI. That’s right, Thief 3 already features guards who patrol, see and hear, search for you when they detect you, and say “must have been rats” afterwards. Paul, the AI guy, is clearly wasting no time. Furthermore, you can be Garrett in the game already; you can sneak him around, hide in shadows, and even shoot arrows. It’s not quite right yet, of course, but since we have so much of a headstart, we’ll be able to tune it to within an inch of its life before ship, which is great.

Three missions are currently close to the end of their first development pass. These missions are a testament to the value of our R&D efforts, since they look spectacular. They have just the right Thief vibe, but rendering-technology-wise, they look many years ahead. This is due in part to our level-building workflow, which pairs artists and designers together to handle aesthetics and gameplay, respectively. Once these three missions wrap up, we’re starting the next four.
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Re: Looking Glass?
Jul 20, 2001, 15:02
anon@24.203
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Re: Looking Glass? Jul 20, 2001, 15:02
Jul 20, 2001, 15:02
anon@24.203
 
Damned EA!

I curse the day they started to exist!
I curse the day they were born!
And I'll forever cherish the day they die!
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Re: Looking Glass?
Jul 20, 2001, 02:40
anon@209.43
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Re: Looking Glass? Jul 20, 2001, 02:40
Jul 20, 2001, 02:40
anon@209.43
 
"System Shock 3 eventually, maybe?"

I think that System Shock belongs to EA (by way of Origin, once upon a time). Since ISA is owned by Eidos, they wouldn't be developing it, and since the previous incarnations haven't made EA much money, they'll probably just sit on the liscense.
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Re: Looking Glass?
Jul 19, 2001, 20:19
anon@24.203
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Re: Looking Glass? Jul 19, 2001, 20:19
Jul 19, 2001, 20:19
anon@24.203
 
I didn't know most of the ex-LGS happened to go to Ion Storm Austin.

I am so very very happy about this. I feel so good for these decent, hard-working people and that they could salvage some of the games they were planning (like Thief 3)back at LGS before it all went to hell.

To be honest that LGS closing down thing made me a little sad for all of these people.

I absolutely feel like something good has happened. I feel relieved for them. Great job.

System Shock 3 eventually, maybe?
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Re: ION name change
Jul 19, 2001, 17:19
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Re: ION name change Jul 19, 2001, 17:19
Jul 19, 2001, 17:19
 
Might as well be called LGS, considering how many vets of the old company work there.

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Re: ION name change
Jul 19, 2001, 14:59
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Re: ION name change Jul 19, 2001, 14:59
Jul 19, 2001, 14:59
 
*Laugh*

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Re: ION name change
Jul 19, 2001, 14:54
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Re: ION name change Jul 19, 2001, 14:54
Jul 19, 2001, 14:54
 
Hey, I just thought of a cool new name for ION Austin. What about "Looking Glass Studios"?

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ION name change
Jul 19, 2001, 14:51
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ION name change Jul 19, 2001, 14:51
Jul 19, 2001, 14:51
 
Project Director on Thief 3, at (what is currently known as) ION Storm Austin

That seems to confirm that ION Austin will really get a new name. I just hope it's not Manifesto, which lacks this certain something :). It's one syllable too long, for one thing :).

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Man...
Jul 19, 2001, 14:35
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Man... Jul 19, 2001, 14:35
Jul 19, 2001, 14:35
 
I have to say, I'm looking forward to Thief 3 more than I am Doom 3. And that's saying a lot.

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Re: Looking Glass?
Jul 19, 2001, 14:30
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Re: Looking Glass? Jul 19, 2001, 14:30
Jul 19, 2001, 14:30
 
They did close down, but many of the former Thief 3 team members moved to ION Storm Austin, where work started on Thief 3 a short while ago.

-jason
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Re: Looking Glass?
Jul 19, 2001, 14:30
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Re: Looking Glass? Jul 19, 2001, 14:30
Jul 19, 2001, 14:30
 
They closed but they didn't hold the license. I think some LG people are working on T3

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Looking Glass?
Jul 19, 2001, 14:24
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Looking Glass? Jul 19, 2001, 14:24
Jul 19, 2001, 14:24
 
I thought Looking Glass closed a while back? Did they reopen I must have missed something..


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For the good of humanity
Jul 19, 2001, 14:10
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For the good of humanity Jul 19, 2001, 14:10
Jul 19, 2001, 14:10
 
Don't you wish that all of the game developers would quit working on their games and pitch in to finish Thief 3 in like a week. What a wonderful world it could be!

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