Eidos Montreal are keen to shoehorn plenty of next-gen features into next year's Thief reboot, starting with the PS4's Dualshock 4 controller and its rear-mounted light bar.
Stephane Roy explained some of Thief 4's PS4-exclusive features on the PlayStation Blog, revealing that the Dualshock 4's motion control beacon will brighten and darken appropriately depending on Garrett's visibility level. Largely a cosmetic feature, but a welcome one, especially considering that the Light Gem is practically redundant now that PlayStation Cameras are an optional part of the ecosystem.
"For the DualShock 4, we use the light bar to reflect the light gem in the in-game UI, which indicates if Garrett is in the shadows or not," Roy wrote. "It creates a nice feeling when you play in the dark to see it illuminate or darken as you move through the environment.
"Additionally, the touch pad allows for better menu navigation and makes for a more intuitive way to perform various actions, like navigating the map or selecting weapons."
The DualShock 4's improved motion control precision also allows Eidos Montreal to use it for lining up perfectly-aimed arrows.
Roy also believes that social and sharing features will work well in a systemic, freeform game like Thief. "We give a lot of freedom to the player," he concluded, "and we work really hard to create a systemic AI that will let the player find creative ways to play. Sharing those moments will showcase how they solved various situations — and we’re pretty sure that players will find ways that impress even us."
We'll find out next year. Thief is coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in February 2014.