Thief

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Thief
Thief cover
Developers
Eidos Montreal
Windows Nixxes Software
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Publishers
Square Enix
OS X Feral Interactive
Engines
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows February 24, 2014
macOS (OS X) November 24, 2015
Thief on Wikipedia
Thief
Thief: The Dark Project 1998
Thief II: The Metal Age 2000
Thief: Deadly Shadows 2004
The Dark Mod (unofficial spin-off) 2009
Thief 2014

This page is for the 2014 game. For the original 1998 game, see Thief: The Dark Project.

Warnings

Mantle graphics API option requires an AMD video card with a driver version earlier than Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1.[1]

General information

Official website
Official forum
Steam Community Discussions
Unofficial wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Windows
Developer website
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Master Thief Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Publisher website
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Master Thief Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.com
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Master Thief Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Amazon.co.uk
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Master Thief Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet
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Master Thief Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Master Thief Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Shadow Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Master Theif Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
All Windows versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

Japanese language support is only available in Japan and requires a separate purchase or the Thief + Japanese Language Pack Bundle.
The Master Thief Edition includes the Opportunist DLC along with a digital art book, comic book and soundtrack. The Thief Collection and Eidos Anthology include all Master Thief Edition content.[2][3]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Japanese Language Pack Only available in Japan.
Windows
The Bank Heist
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The Forsaken - Challenge Map
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Booster Pack - Opportunist
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Booster Pack - Predator
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Booster Pack - Ghost
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Modify ThiefEngine.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\ThiefGame\Config
  2. Open ThiefEngine.ini
  3. Change StartupMovies=PROG_GUI_Video.StartupVideoPlayer to ;StartupMovies=PROG_GUI_Video.StartupVideoPlayer
  4. Save your changes.

Skip game launcher[edit]

Skip game launcher[4]
  1. Right-click on the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Click Properties then Set Launch Options.
  3. Add -nolauncher then press OK. The game boots up with the 32bit executable though.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\ThiefGame\Config\[Note 1]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Eidos Montreal\Thief\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/239160/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/239160/remote/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/239160/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Launcher, display settings.
Launcher, display settings.
Launcher, video settings.
Launcher, video settings.
Display settings.
Display settings.
Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Huge screen tearing for G-Sync multi-monitor users if using the Nvidia SLI profile. Set the game on a Single GPU to get rid of screen tearing.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
No issues found, HUD scales fine at 3840x2160 resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Up to 110°. Crouching slightly reduces FOV. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Uncheck "Exclusive Fullscreen" to enable borderless windowed mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and SSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double and triple buffering.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set custom FOV[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Eidos Montreal\Thief\Graphics\
  2. Open FOVCorrection
  3. Use a hexidecimal value to adjust the FOV, e.g. 9C40 (which is hexadecimal for 40,000) will add 40° to the 90° base FOV.
  4. The change will remain as long as the in-game FOV slider is not touched.

Notes

Does not work if you set the game to run on Surround/Eyefinity

Fixing "Timed Fade" option for in-game HUD[edit]

Fixing "Timed Fade" option for in-game HUD[citation needed]

When Health, Focus, Ammo and Inventory are set to "Timed Fade" in the Game & HUD menu, they only fade to around 50% opacity. This fix will make them completely disappear after a short while of inactivity, relieving the HUD of clutter.

  1. Open <path-to-game>\ThiefGame\Config\ThiefUI.ini
  2. Find mInvSelectionAlphaMin=, mHealthAlphaMin= and mFocusAlphaMin= and change their values to 0.0f;
  3. Save your changes.

Notes

No in-game settings override these, so no need to set the file as read-only.

Disable shroud effect (black/white fog at screen edges)[edit]

Using this tweak on existing saves will make the shroud reappear when loading a save (it will disappear after a cutscene is triggered).
Modify ThiefGame.ini[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\ThiefGame\Config
  2. Open ThiefGame.ini
  3. Change mbForceHideCloakEffect=0 to mbForceHideCloakEffect=1
  4. Save your changes and close the file.
  5. Right-click it and choose Properties, tick Read Only and click OK.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Controller settings.
Controller settings.

Disable mouse smoothing[edit]

.ini edit[citation needed]
  1. Go to game config folder <path-to-game>\ThiefGame\Config\
  2. Open ThiefInput.ini.
  3. Locate bEnableMouseSmoothing and change its value to false.

Reduce mouse input lag[edit]

Reducing mouse input lag[citation needed]

If the "Exclusive Fullscreen" setting is unchecked, the visuals will be one frame behind your input. You can fix this by either checking "Exclusive Fullscreen" in the game options, or by disabling "one frame thread lag" in the configuration files like so:

  1. Open <path-to-game>\Engine\Config\BaseEngine.ini
  2. Change OneFrameThreadLag=True to OneFrameThreadLag=False
  3. Save your changes.

If this doesn't help, see "High frame rate" above.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, voice, and sound effects.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[7]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Requires Japanese Language Pack DLC (Japan only).
Polish
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
vorpX
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

Missing voices, subtitles, music, and other sound effects[edit]

Install game on internal drive[8]

If the game is on an external drive, voices, subtitles, music, and some sound effects like lightning may not play during the game. This can easily be observed in the prologue cutscene, where Garrett should be speaking. If you installed the game on an external drive, try moving it to an internal drive (it does not have to be the C drive).

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 10, 11
Mantle support
Shader Model support 4, 5
64-bit executable
Option to use 32-bit version in launcher.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX, Shroud
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) Dual-Core/Quad-Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon 4800 series
Nvidia GeForce GTS 250
DirectX 10 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.10.5
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
Nvidia GeForce GTX 600 Series
Intel Iris Pro
1 GB of VRAM

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/239160/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (239160) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. AMD - Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1 Highlights - last accessed on 2019-05-15
    "Support for AMD Mantle API Technology has been discontinued starting with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1. Users who wish to continue to use AMD Mantle API Technology may do so with prior supported Radeon Software releases."
  2. Thief Collection (ROW) · SubID: 49972 · Steam Database
  3. Eidos Anthology · SubID: 52123 · Steam Database
  4. Launch Tomb Raider directly and skip launcher - Steam Community Discussions for Tomb Raider
  5. Verified by User:Tuty4amxx on 2018-01-03
  6. HOW TO: Disable "shroud" (black fog on screen edges) PC
  7. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  8. Bug? Sounds missing? - Square Enix Forums