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The return of the classic Thief series is a move by developers which has been met with equal amounts of excitement and criticism from fans. Many criticisms have focused on the removal of the magic/technology conflict, but more frequently the emphasis upon combat shown in a recent trailer.
In the original Thief games, combat was something to be avoided as Garrett, the protagonist, was skilled at infiltration and espionage not cracking skulls. Often even taking on a single guard was an engagement you were likely to lose due to their better training and armour, but here Garrett is seen taking his foes down in single strikes. Some have claimed this is due to the success of Dishonored, a game with heavy inspiration from previous Thief titles but with heavy focus upon assassination.