Bring back Stephen Russell for Thief 4.
  • Petitioned Eidos Montreal; Square Enix

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Eidos Montreal; Square Enix

Bring back Stephen Russell for Thief 4.

    1. Cloud Unknown
    2. Petition by

      Cloud Unknown

      Užice, Serbia

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We were promised that we will play as Garrett. The voice we've been given is not him. Stephen Russell, the voice actor for the first three Thief games, defined Garrett. Garrett does not have a defining face, it is his characteristic voice that makes him who he is. Change that, and he becomes another character entirely.

We've all gotten attached to that voice over the course of many robberies, adventures, and heists. Without it, Garrett is simply an impostor of his own self. A plastic Garrett lookalike. And so we urge the developers... Please bring Stephen back?

It might seem like a small thing to some, but it is not. Don't let Thief go the same way Splinter Cell went, which had its main character replaced by a new actor after five games. It is like a slap to the face. We've gotten attached to this character. Don't take it away. Stephen is a core part of the Thief series.

To:
Eidos Montreal; Square Enix
Please bring back Stephen Russell for Thief 4.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. End Of Petition

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      While not technically a success, as the game has been out for a while now and there is no way of changing the voice actor now, I feel that we have managed to spread the word across. And that is, in a way, a victory in itself.

    2. 5,500!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      We may not get Stephen back, but we sure as hell can spread the word that we don't like this.

    3. 5,000!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      Another milestone! Thanks for all the support, as always. Keep 'em coming.

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. Thief.

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      Well, apparently, all of the aforementioned features will be toggleable. You will be able to turn them all off and play the games like the old ones, or so they say. Perhaps there's still hope. But why would you have these things in the first place? It's a Thief game...

    6. Thief Gameplay!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tAZg2NR_qY

      Well, the first gameplay footage is out and... I, personally, don't like it so far. I find the promises that the game will remain true to its roots false. Experience points in Thief? Wait, wait. Experience points for getting HEADSHOTS in Thief? And this is not the only thing that's bothering me. Sigh. Thief's going to need more than just Stephen Russell now.

    7. 4,500!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      Still kicking, guys! If you haven't, you should take a look at the new Thief trailer that came out today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwnHLHdxvqw

      With the E3 coming up, there ought to be some Thief gameplay as well. Let's look forward to it.

      Also, here's a fun fact, this is the place where Stephen Russell gave life to our favorite anti-hero: http://www.digital-eel.com/mc/032.htm

    8. Reached 4,000 signatures
    9. 3,950!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      Almost up to 4,000! It's been a bit slower lately, but we're getting there.

      And if you haven't seen it yet, you should give this a watch. It has quite a lot of good points, and it's worth a mention: http://youtu.be/f5l5ZCb6LLE

      As always, thanks for the support!

    10. 3,000 supporters!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      Let's make this known, guys! Keep 'em coming. Thanks!

    11. Reached 3,000 signatures
    12. 2,500 supporters!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to point out that on April 15th, there were 500 people who signed. In a single day! As always, thank you for the support!

    13. Reached 2,500 signatures
    14. The man himself!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      Hey, big news! Just dropping in to say that Stephen Russell himself has expressed his gratitude to us, his fans, and is reading the thank you cards you may have heard about that are being sent to him.

      And yes, he is aware of the petition! Thank you for taking the time to respond, Russell!

      Link below.

      http://www.ttlg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141216&page=13&p=2180211&viewfull=1#post2180211

    15. (Continuation of the rant below) Part #3

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      ...

      We know that he could do his voice and there would be no loss of quality, it wouldn't look 'tacked on', 'edited in', 'unrealistic' or whatever other term Eidos used, because Russell knows what he's doing.

      My personal opinion? Orzari does the motion capture, Russell does the voice.

      Eidos, we don't want to hate you. We were promised a Thief game, and we are telling you what we expect from a Thief game. You promised us that Thief will come back. From the looks of it so far, it's Thief only by name.

      Garrett is himself only by name, as well. We have nothing to hold onto.
      It would've been much better if it were a new character. Sure, that would've caused some complaining too, but it would be far better than this what you're doing right now.

    16. (Continuation of the rant below) Part #2

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      ...

      I am sure that there are thousands of games out there that do not use motion capture, and yet they still possess amazingly lifelike characters.

      Take Elizabeth from the recently released BioShock Infinite as an example. She is played by three different woman. One did the motion capture, one did the facial expressions, while the third did the voice. And the character has received a lot of praise for her amazing character and lifelike nature.

      So, why must Garrett be played by only one actor? With all due respect to Romano Orzari, there is only one voice actor who can do Garrett, and we all know his name.

      We've never made a big deal out of this because we thought Eidos knew what it was doing. We were promised a Thief game, which means Stephen Russell went without saying. But suddenly, they decided to change him because he cannot do motion capture.

      Russell is a talented and a professional voice actor, he knows how to do a voice depending on what the character is doing.

      ...

    17. 1200 supporters! And my personal rant.

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all, as always! Don't stop spreading the word.

      This one's a bit of a lengthy update containing my personal thoughts on the whole situation.

      I've heard that Eidos are removing threads and polls supporting or linking the petition on their official forums. As well as that they are banning users who post these things. I've also noticed that comments are being removed on their official YouTube channel's videos. Comments which are usually supporting the petition or Russell.

      It personally angers me how Eidos treats us like we have no grasp on how games work, and are giving us laughable excuses as to why Stephen Russell is not making a return. They're replacing him because of motion capture, which supposedly looks more lifelike and immersive. We don't really care about that. In fact, the game will be -less- immersive if it had motion capture without Russell, instead of Russell but a badly animated Garrett. The voice is what gave him life, not the animation.

      ...

    18. Update.

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      In the link below you'll find an article with some very good points, and is worth a read, even if you're neutral about this whole thing:

      http://www.incgamers.com/2013/04/why-thief-4s-decision-to-drop-stephen-russell-is-a-big-mistake/

      And as always, thanks for the support!

    19. Reached 1,000 signatures
    20. Almost a thousand!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      The petition is slowly, but steadily, growing in public awareness. Keep it coming, folks! Let's not stop. We need to steal our Garrett back.

      And as a bonus, let's remind ourselves once again about how Garrett is supposed to sound like: http://youtu.be/yPq-z6dyi04

    21. Reached 750 signatures
    22. 500 supporters!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      The numbers keep growing, and this is going really well. Thanks for the support, once again! Keep spreading the word around, we want Eidos to see and consider this. We want them to realize that this is a dealbreaker for us.

    23. Reached 500 signatures
    24. 200 supporters!

      Cloud Unknown
      Petition Organizer

      I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting this to reach this many people, but I am glad word is being spread around. Thanks for the support!

    25. Reached 200 signatures

    Supporters

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    • Kevin Clark UNION CITY, GA
      • 6 months ago

      Because he was one of the important actors who started this needs to come back because it fits the style to the game

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    • Maxim Yershov SPB, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
      • 6 months ago

      Don't want to buy new game without Russell's voice.

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    • Dennis Andress GERMANY
      • 6 months ago

      Because I dont like the new synchro ;(

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    • Barak peled TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
      • 7 months ago

      Game cannot into interesting. or related to thi4f.

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    • Remigiusz Lasocha WROCłAW, POLAND
      • 7 months ago

      To:

      Eidos Montreal; Square Enix

      Please bring back Stephen Russell for Thief 4.

      Sincerely,

      Remigiusz

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