Fans disgruntled at Eidos Montreal's decision to not have original voice actor Stephen Russell providing the vocal work for Thief's titular protagonist Garrett have started an online petition to try and convince the developers otherwise.
Eidos Montreal's narrative director Steven Gallagher had suggested that bringing Russell back would be akin to having Sean Connery star in a new Bond film.
"With the new visual of Garrett we'd created, we found that there was a disconnect that we couldn't ignore between the concepted character and Stephen's voice today," Gallagher said.
"We're absolutely huge fans of Stephen's work on the classic Thief games. But when it came down to it, we ultimately realised that holding onto Steven as the voice of Garrett just for the sake of our nostalgia would be like wanting to cast Sean Connery again in the new 007 movies... It's a nice thought, but honestly, it wouldn't make sense for anything else other than nostalgia."
Nostalgia can be a powerful force, though, and fans have started up a petition “Eidos Montreal; Square Enix: Bring back Stephen Russell for Thief 4″, which has 1,835 names on it at the time of writing. You can add yours here should you wish.
Gallagher had stated that Eidos wanted to address the perceived "disconnect" between voice and mo-cap by doing both simultaneously, something that Russell would have been unable to do.
Thanks Alex R.